At a weekly author’s support group I’m noticing more and more authors are complaining that they have no idea what to say online anymore. Everyone is more sensitive than a baby’s bottom with diaper rash. Others feel the Internet has lost it’s mind. That the lines between reality and illusion have become dangerously thin and almost anything you say can and will be held against you.
They came up with a list of do’s and don’t’s for authors online survival. They feel right now we are in a battle to save the Internet’s better angel.
The list of the 12 Author’s Etiquette are funny but they are true.
1. You can’t talk about your books all the time. (That seems the only safe subject online.)
2. Don’t say anything distracting or offensive even you’re joking. They wasn’t talking about sexist or racial jokes. Everyone could have better sense not to say those things. (Well, that can be anything. Some people get offended if you say, “Hi, how are you today?”)
3. Don’t talk about yourself too much. That turns people off.( But yet every five seconds someone is telling or showing you something you prefer not to know.)
4. Keep everything light, cheerful, and friendly. (In another word, be boring as watching paint dry.)
5. 99.9% of the times you’re going have no idea what someone is upset about. You’re expected to be Michael Nostradamus.
6. Don’t display intelligent. Again, that turns people off. (In another word, pretend to be dumb as rocks.)