Questions 3

Okay, here's some more questions on my mind. 

Why do companies on Twitter add you and then immediately IM you with their service? Don't they know how it looks at this point? Pretty much like a spam phone call. Which brings me to the next question. 

Who are the people using these services? 

I say this because when I need or want to try a new product or service I research and go to the store and do a lot of other things to make sure it's the right one for me. But the places advertising in this social media manner (aggressive, if I can add), feel someone is going to go, "Oh, yeah! That's JUST what I need. Let me go and use their service." I mean, some might, and I guess these services prey on those people. 

I just don't get it, though, because there are other ways they could, if they were legit, possibly garner customers through legitimate posts and experience. 

I usually follow back real people on Twitter, unless they post extremely offensive things which may look unprofessional to someone looking at my account. And I'm all for people who want to talk about what interests them, but nothing too extreme. But now I don't follow these twitter users back--the services--because it's all the same. They follow you, then within a week they un-follow you. There are even some writers who use the same method to advertise their books. Ugh. 

I know it's not easy, especially if you're trying to promote your novels the "unconventional" way, but there has to be a better way? 

If you're on Twitter all day because you're promoting, do your work. Stay on and make personable posts. Seek out people who may want what you have. And then talk to them. If you make a solid contact they may know more people who need what you have. I'm not an expert, don't claim to be, but it just sounds like common sense to go about it that way other than aggressively attacking your potential customers. There was a writer I remember from a podcast who says you build your audience "one reader at a time." 

When I go to read a book, I search for certain things. Unless someone tells me about a writer or novel, then I seek that particular thing out. Sometimes a friend or acquaintance asks you to read something, or has something new out that you want to check on. 

But from my experience, if someone comes at you and pops on your screen screaming "read this!" And lets just say you DO read it. And you hate it--for whatever reason. Bad editing, grammar, story etc.--what do you think now? Now you're going to go to Amazon and give a bad review, right? Or tell others not to read it. 

It's complicated and there isn't a right or wrong answer most of the time, but you just have to be careful, especially when you're going about it without a publisher behind you. 

Guess that's it for now. 

Uodate: just want to add that I understand that publishers and authors will plug their material, that wasn't what I was referring to above. It was the cheesy aggressive advertising from book doctors, marketing ads, etc. 



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