I know, I know, it’s supposed to be Fun Friday. I promise I’ll have a link up for you later today. Right now I want to address something quickly because it’s been coming up far too often. People who know how to behave perfectly well in the real world, don’t always seem to see the applications of those polite behaviors to cyberspace, so here are some analogies to help out:
1- Posting without permission excerpts, quotes or links to your work on someone else’s Facebook page (or @whoevering them same on their Twitter account) = a solicitation call or sales flier underneath my windshield wipers. I don’t like them, and neither do you.
2- Sending a query to someone’s personal e-mail address (or any address not given in their submission guidelines or handed to you on a business card at a conference) = mailing a cover letter and resume for a job to the HR person’s home address. Will that get you the job? No. An injunction? Well, maybe.
3- Signing people up for mailing lists, chats or groups they didn’t agree to = putting someone on the list for junk mail. Because, uh, who couldn’t use more junk mail? But it’s =targeted= you say, within your area of interest. If we were interested enough…strike that, if we even had the time…we’d join up. Promise.
There’s so much great information out there about how TO do things that it surprises me the number of people who still don’t know. They’ll take the time to spam you, but not to look you up. Additions to the three above: messaging me on Facebook to ask if I’m an agent (which is right in my bio) or what I represent (which is right on our website). Really, really, really, it’s not that I don’t want to be helpful. I do blogs and guest blogs and post all the helpful links I can (like those below), but I can’t help anyone who won’t help him or herself by doing the research. I won’t do my son’s homework for him, he’d be pretty upset with me if I did anyone else’s.
Some links on how to do promotion and publicity the right way:
http://bit.ly/dZAejW (me at Magical Words)
http://varkat.livejournal.com/168387.html (Me on my blog)
http://bit.ly/dwDAoB (a Bookseller’s Perspective on marketing)
http://marketingfloozy.wordpress.com/ (a list of other great blogs posted by Book Marketing Floozy)