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... of things.
What? It's a freaking bust of a camel. I had to use it here! The bad pun is a bonus.
(Hey, it could be worse. There was this one pic of a Bactrian camel wearing a bra on its humps, but I'm sparing you that. Nobody wants to see that kind of bust.)
So, anyway, I finally did it. I succumbed. Yes, I made a Facebook author page. (Click here if you want to see it.)
Why did I do it? Well, the obvious answer is promo. It's a dirty word--I mean, selling yourself is so...well, so mercenary.* But also a sad fact of life in the writing biz. It would be nice if all a writer had to do was, you know, write, but it doesn't work that way. In order to keep on writing, you have to gather new readers. If new readers can't find you, they can't read you. So you have to establish some sort of presence.
I already had a personal Facebook page (like half the world, apparently), and that worked for me for a while. Mostly it's a way for me to stay in touch with long-distance family members and friends, and to play WordScraper with some of my buddies. Why should people who are mainly interested in my books be subjected to my mundane, day-to-day status updates? Difficult as it is to understand, some readers out there might not be interested in what TG cooked me for dinner or how giggly I feel after my second Manhattan, or even my oh-my-God-this-weather-sucks diatribes. I mean, hell, if they really want that stuff, they can always come here. Or Twitter.**
Also, there are some things I want to share with family and friends that I don't want to broadcast to the universe.*** (I know! Who'd have thunk it?) Having a separate author page will help me keep a division between my personal life and my job. There's already so much overlap between the two that some form of separation seemed like maybe a good idea.
Aside from the trolling for "likes," which kind of goes against my nature but apparently is a necessary evil, I think the idea might work out.
So, what's your stance on author pages?
Do you have any favorites you can point me to? Any un-favorites? What do you like (or hate) to see on an author page?
(Yeah, I'm looking for ideas. I'm hoping to eventually make the page engaging and, you know, not annoying.)
Thanks in advance for any helpful tips! Or for just stopping by and saying hi. I like that, too.
*And, honestly, I'd always imagined if I wound up selling myself for a living that it would involve better lingerie.
**Notice how I cleverly snuck that link to my Twitter account in there. Yes, I am nothing if not conflicted about this in-your-face promo stuff.
***Don't worry. I'll still pepper this blog with inappropriate observations about life in general. ;)