Tuesday, 7 June 2016
I was recently followed by another writer. I won't name them because frankly I think that's bitchy but I want to use what happened as a lesson to other authors out there. I'm prepared for a little bit of a hard sell, but is you average reader.
Anyway within minutes of following him, the first of a series of private message came in.
There was no small talk. It was straight into sales pitch. Where as I'm not offended by it, I do feel it a little rude. I've just had a fall in which I've damaged my foot quite badly, which means I am not currently at my day job earning - meaning as much as I like new books, they aren't on the table right now. I tried to be diplomatic because it was an interesting sounding book. I thought he had taken the hint and we were just going to have a chat.
Now I don't balk easily but I could never imagine me doing this to a complete stranger. Especially not only minutes after we'd connected. He didn't even show a courtesy interest in my books, it was all Sale! Sale! Sale! Am I being oversensitive? Or would this have bothered you?