Sorry, I Don’t “Like”… — a ST4S post

Your Book’s Page

Like books

Like books (Photo credit: Mark J P)

Been thinking about this for some time now…  Yes, I love books.  Yes, I love authors, and supporting authors I know gives me the Happy Giddies.

But…

I can’t bring myself to Like pages on a book by book basis.  I won’t do it.

In my opinion, I’d be doing the author a disservice if I did.  I almost never keep up with updates or promotions so I can’t share and pass the word along.  My “Like” is a meaningless number in the corner of a place that is meant for social interaction.

Some might say that number means something in rankings, and maybe it does.  But a book is a thing.  And author is a person, and I want to know what the author is doing.

  • Is s/he writing a new book?
  • Doing a book tour for that novel I enjoyed?
  • Did s/he make a new blog post?
  • Post a cute kitteh pic on their page?
  • Has celebrity become too much an s/he now intends to retire to a Tibetan monastery in obscurity?
A segment of a social network

A segment of a social network (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If I “Like” a book’s page, then what happens when the author writes a new book?  Will the author keep posting updates of interest on the page for the old book and the new book?  Would fans of both pages get duplicate posts?

Sorry, but with all the amazing authors out there and all the great books written by each one…  that’s just too much to keep track of.  I have to make more choices, and some of those choices may seem harsh.

So, no, I don’t Like your book’s page.

ROW80 Check-in

Steady progress, though not a lot of progress.  Here are my goals, with update notes:

  • write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences  not much writing except notes–I spent a few days doing a beta read
  • finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song  I‘m working on my fanfic at the moment; I need to renew my passion for writing
  • make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) on a consistent schedule check
  • maintain active sponsor participation I still need to write my sponsor post; I’m caught up on other sponsor duties
  • energize myself with more physical activity not as much as I should have, but at least I got more than I had expected
  • reclaim my writing space no progress in the office, but four bags of donated clothes left the house
  • go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) weekly progress involved cleaning out my email and some extra fan pages on Facebook I don’t keep up with enough to follow
  • laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more…  a world of more not as much progress here; I think I needed a bit of space these past few days

That’s it for today.  See you on Wednesday for a new WIPpet and ROW80 check-in.  Until the, enjoy this kitteh!

English: A lolcat of my cat Kylie, meowing.

English: A lolcat of my cat Kylie, meowing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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10 responses to “Sorry, I Don’t “Like”… — a ST4S post

  1. I’ve never understood why someone would set up a Facebook page for one specific book. Seems like a lot of trouble to me, when most readers follow the author. Then again, I don’t like FB much at all, in any capacity…

    Sounds like you’ve been really buried, but are digging out. Good luck!

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    • I never quite understood the idea of “book pages” either, save that early on, the book title often has more name recognition than the author. Short term gains for long term grief….

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  2. Younger Cat does that – she emerges from some sleepy hollow pads into the hall and calls for attention – now:) Alas I too am behind on that sponser post:( All the best for the coming week:)

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  3. I so agree. Each and Every book?! I can’t. I. Just. Can’t.

    There wouldn’t be much time left for writing my own if I tried to follow every new book by every writer I know…and, like you, I would rather know the people behind the stories!

    You’re making progress. Maybe not the exact type you were hoping for, but – well, y’know….

    I am writing little on any WIP, and deeply entangled in the brilliance and badness that is Bounded By a Nutshell, rough draft….

    Does it surprise you at all that I shudder a little each time I read the non-word ‘Kitteh’ (ick oh ick oh icky!). =)

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    • Oh, I agree about the kitteh thing. It’s part of why I desperately NEEDED to put the ‘word’ in italics. I didn’t want anyone to think I misspelled kitten.

      Thanks for stopping in and giving me a smile!

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  4. I agree on book pages. Not that I refuse to “like” a book’s page– it doesn’t cost me anything, and if I do like the book (and the author’s not clogging up my newsfeed by cross-posting things on ALL of her book pages), I’ll do it. But I would MUCH rather just “like” an author’s page and get all of the updates in one place. It makes sense from an author’s perspective, too. Why spread your fan base out thinner when you can reach everyone from one place?

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  5. Have pages just for books does seem crackers. All that work just to promote a single item, only to then have to go through that for the next and the next and the next… I think it makes more business to work on your brand (your author name) and treat your books as a product of that brand.

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    • I am SO with you, Callie. Thanks for stopping in an commenting. (Though, despite all the discussion going around, I still get squiggy when I hear “brand” in reference to a person.)

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