“So, you’ve got something to say, huh? Go ahead and say it. Really. Just throw it out there and let the chips fall where they may.”
As an author, the most important thing to me is my marketing platform. Bluntly put, I want to sell books. Now, in order to do that, I have to present more than just an interesting theme and a good story to my, hopeful, readers.
I also have to sell myself. That could be a bit difficult for many reasons, but I don’t want one of those reasons to be because I have a questionable character. No doubt, incendiary comments I may make on various social media platforms can certainly be telling of my character, thus becoming a turnoff to those readers I’m trying to snag.
Incendiary – the operative word.
Quite frankly, I’ve seen all types of awful comments made … and some of them from well-established authors. I’ve also seen a number of word-fights on social media platforms, too.
In this digital world our readers can watch what we say, follow our lives, and even chat with us. That being said; social media opens us up to critical eyes, I think. Just like reviewers drop questionable reviews on Amazon and B&N, isn’t it feasible that they could also be commenting about the writer’s character?
I wonder how, if at all, those instances affect those authors’ marketing platforms.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not being judgmental. I merely want to engage a discussion on this topic. I’m neither for, nor am I against folks saying what they want when they want. Do what ya like, as far as I’m concerned.
I just want to know what others think about it.
Can our words hurt us?