Dear Fellow Writer,
My letters to you are meant as an encouragement and as a way for you to know that you are not alone in this endeavor. Whether you’ve been in the game for a while and have published or whether you haven’t, we’re all heading down the same road.
That said, while I think that it is totally rude to ignore each other, I also think that it’s not very smart to play with everyone you meet. What do I mean by that? Well, I’m glad you asked. You see, when I first started this journey, another piece of illogical advice that I was given was that all writers should follow each other on FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc…
Apparently, doing so and amassing large numbers would show prospective agents and editors that we had a huge following. This, in turn, would encourage them to want to take a chance on us because they believed we could reach lots of readers.
Uh, No. Not the case at all. Let me explain.
I write science fiction. I also read science fiction, fantasy, some thrillers and some mysteries. I do not, however, read romance of any kind. I’m just not really down with it. That said, if a follower on Twitter publishes a Romance Novel and I don’t have a relationship with them, then I’m not going to really know or care (sorry, truth) about their work. Why? Because I don’t partake in their genre and I don’t know the author. If I don’t know the author, then I’m not going to feel inclined to take time out of my schedule of writing short stories, novels, blogs, taking care of hubby and two parakeets, a home, etc…to advertise for that person. Nor am I going to read the book because, again, I don’t read Romance. Now, I am not saying that there’s anything wrong with that genre. It’s just not my cup of Raktajino.
Therefore, it’s not going to matter a hill of beans if I have 30K followers, if most of them are just other writers from other genres who don’t pay attention to me on Twitter just as I don’t pay attention to them. Agents and Editors are not stupid (the good ones aren’t anyway). They’re going to want to know how you attained those numbers and how many of them you ACTIVELY interact with. Since there’s a limit to the amount of time in a day, it’s safe to say you aren’t communicating on a deep enough level with all of those people for it to matter.
All of this to say, network and follow smart. Remember, that networking actually means:
- a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest.*
Let’s be smarter in our social networking and not fall for the illogical advice or just go with the crowd. Just because someone else has over 50k followers, and follows 60k, doesn’t mean you need to as well. Remember when your mamma used to ask you, “If your friends jump in front of a train, would you?” Same principle applies.
A Fellow Writer
Who’s very serious about writing.
*Definition from the Dictionary.com Android app*