Mira wrote:- IF the author is not as skilled at web interactions, it backfires. Although well-intentioned, people come off badly, and this can turn people off.
Mira wrote:Maybegenius - Kiersten White is a terrific example. She is extremely skilled at social networking. She is vivacious, lively and tremendously likeable on-line. And yes, there is buzz about her book. So that's all to the good. But here is my question: let's say her book comes out, and it's not very good. (This is a hypothetical. I wish Kiersten the best, and hope her book does tremendously well). But for argument's sake, will all the social networking that she engaged in sell the book if it's not good? And my other question is this: did she really NEED to engage in all that social networking? If the book is good, wouldn't it have sold anyway?
I'm not asking these questions because I'm afraid of social networking. I just wonder if it works? Look at the huge amount of time Kiersten (for example) must put into all of these web connections. Is it worth it?
AnimaDictio wrote:Making friends on the Internet is pretty much just like making friends in person. If you're shallow, people will realize it rather quickly. If you're substantive, people will be attracted.
Social networking is just communication, not much different from talking or email or smoke signals, as far as I'm concerned.
Susan Quinn wrote:As Donald Maass says in his book "Writing the Breakout Novel" (I'm reading it right now) word-of-mouth is the only way any book breaks out of the few thousands of sales.
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