My local author’s group discussed an interesting topic tonight. Something I never though about but have experienced it.
[ No, we still meets via internet. No one is foolish enough to brave Covid-19.]
One author said:
[I copied his message from my instant message. Yea, he’s aware I did it.]
“Joining online book discussion groups does absolutely freaking nothing for my books. They are vast waste of your time.
I belongs to over 200 book discussion groups on various online sites from Facebook, Goodreads, to Twitter and beyond and not a single one will or ever have discussed my books or even pay them any attention shall I submit the URL.
The moderators have at times deleted my post or said my book won’t be discussed unless the group ‘decide‘ to discuss. How will the group know about it if I can’t submit a URL?
I’m erasing my memberships. I have over 150,000 emails in my mailbox from these various groups and all of them are about other people’s books. Not a single one about my books.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind discussing other people’s books some of the times but not every damn time I sign online. From this day forward if someone or a group isn’t discussing my books. They have nothing to say to me. I’m through using my energy, time, and life to grease other people’s wheel. I don’t sign online for free you know. I have to pay an electricity and connection service bill, you know.
The time dedicated to discussing someone’s else’s book can be used writing or marketing my own.
Another thing, I’m sick of the so-called experts telling writers how they could feel. I have been on some of these groups something like six or seven years. I know the owners can see who been there the longest. I think they could look at the membership and go with who has been there the longest supporting them not entirely based every single discussion upon the latest New York Times book list when none of these are self-published or small press books.
Other than you you guys discussing my books. I can’t get anyone online to pay my books any attention. I don’t have this problem off line. I can gather a fairly decent crowd at the community centers and other places as far away as NYC. So, I know it is not that my books are not good. I think most of these online sites are purely about promoting traditional published authors. No pun meant toward those of you who are traditional published. I’m just stating my point of view and experiences.
My conclusion is that online book discussion groups do not work and nor do blogs. Before the pandemic, I sold more books on the street corner downtown than I sold via online marketing.”
What do you all think?
[I don’t have permission to post the others rely.]