lvcabbie wrote:As Nathan can tell you, "traditional publishers" spend large amounts of $$$ in promoting books. Publicity is what, in many cases, sells books.
A secondary form is having a solid fan base and word of mouth. Once the original books becomes a smash hit, those who read it will look for more by that author on the shelves.
However, as more and more use ipods and ipads and Blackberrys and all the rest, to include laptops and old-fashioned desktops, they are also spending time on "social sites" where word-of-mouth is very important. So, if you take a small group of twenty or thirty and each spreads the word to their circle of friends - and those spread the word - and so on, you can see just how quickly a specific product can reach an amazing level of publicity.
So, Nathan - what's your thoughts on this?
paravil wrote:I think connection with readers is a good thing, and should be sought. But shouldn't the connetion between an author and a reader be through/because of a book? Otherwise, what's the point? If I can create a popular blog and connect with a few dozen, hundred, or thousand readers, but this connection has nothing to do with my work--which is ostensibly the reason I got into blogging in the first place--then why did I ever bother writing a novel (the possibility of money aside)? If I am going to be an author, I don't want people to know me for my hobbies, or my family, or my pictures of my cat, or my clever tweets--I want them to know me through my novel that I spent hours and days and years working on. Doesn't social media popularity diminish the focus on and value of your work? It does to me, but that may be totally subjective.
Again, I think promotion through social media is valid and a good idea, but I'd just be concerned about what I was promoting--me and my personality, or my work.
paravil wrote:Again, I think promotion through social media is valid and a good idea, but I'd just be concerned about what I was promoting--me and my personality, or my work.
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