this post. Nevertheless, everyone seems to want to pad their numbers.
Recently, on one of the writing loops to which I subscribe, someone started a "like my author page on Facebook and I'll like yours back" activity. Initially I thought it might be a good idea, but as it morphed into a viral-like meme, I had second thoughts. And it brought to mind this question: do writers want numbers or do they want readers?
Here's what one published author said about that idea: "Is this thread leaving some of our members with the wrong idea about marketing and truth in advertising? In other words, if I have 101 likes on my page but no one has read my book, where does that get me? I’d rather have one like from someone who truly read my work and enjoyed what I write."
And another email I received included this thought: "I want my likes--both given and received--to mean something. I 'like' pages because I actually LIKE the author's books, not because it's tit-for-tat. And I want people to like my FB page for the same reason. It has felt like a throwback to junior high."
And yet, on the other hand, I've seen numerous posts on that same loop saying how great an idea this has been. Some even say it's brought them closer to their fellow writers.
If you read this blog regularly, you know that I have a love-hate relationship with social media anyway. For some people it's a great way to communicate, to get to know, to stay in touch. For others, it's an intrusive necessity. Now it's time for you all to voice your opinion.
Do you "like" author fan pages on Facebook because you truly like that author's works? Do you figure that reading what they post makes them more real to you? What do you think about the offer of "like my page and I'll like yours." Is this like offering to trade 5-star reviews on bookseller sites (which, by the way, has been done)? I'd like to hear from you, pro or con.