My twitter feed has become a most strange place. I wish I could say it was fantastically strange, or weirdly strange, or any other such cursed adverb (you do know that adverbs are cursed, right?) which I might find inspiring.
My twitter feed is for advertising now. And I'm ashamed to say I added to that endless infomercial. Now, don't get me wrong: I LOVE and appreciate the company of my fellow writers. I will not be "unfollowing" anyone who tweets their book. But I won't be tweeting mine. Anymore.
I realized the other day just how silly I was. Here I am, the author of a novel that is perfect for a 14-year-old (or so) girl, tweeting various forms of "buy it!" to people who are...not 14. Most of my twitter friends are maybe my age, maybe older, maybe younger. I think I have some of my target audience in there (I sure hope I do! I really want their perspective!), but I don't think any real 14-year-olds are going to buy my book from a tweet. If they are on twitter at all.
So, I'm going to tweet about writing. I'm going to tweet about teens I find inspiring. I'm going to tweet about the Olympics. But I'm not going to tweet about my book unless I'm asking your advice or venting my author-ly frustrations. I'll tweet a little to say I've finally finished the new book (when I do...oh, golly...IF I do...), or I'll tweet if I'm giving one away--maybe. Not even sure about that.
The upshot is this: I'm looking for interaction, not a transaction.
Same goes, all of the above, for Facebook--oh, except I am "friends" with teen girls there. I'm friends with their mamas, and I guantee they are NOT going to buy my ebook because I used social media to heckle their babies about it.
So, no matter how tempted I might be, no matter how badly my fingers itch when I watch my amazon rank fall 50,000 places in one day, no matter...I WILL NOT TRY TO SELL MY BOOK ON TWITTER. Now I'm going to go write that 500 times.