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Question for Monday, February 20th:
Social networking with authors: Do you interact on Twitter/Facebook/etc with authors? Does it affect how you review their work or do you look at their books differently because you’re on friendly terms with them?
Ah, the wonders of the interwebz are indeed a double-edged sword. While it is a blast to have an author comment on a Goodreads update or on a Tweet, sometimes the easy accessibility of authors is a little awkward. It’s fun to get some feedback from the people whose writing I so admire, but there are times I wish that it wasn’t quite so easy. In an effort to keep these interactions more in perspective, I try to keep communications professional. I can’t say that I am friends with any authors, but I do enjoy an occasional Twitter chat with a few of them.
To keep things more professional and unbiased, I try to limit my interactions with them. I will typically attempt to email a publicist if I want to interview someone, but some of the publishers make it so hard to get in contact with a live person that there are times I do have to email an author directly. Most of them are more than willing to help me out with information about their books or provide me with an interview, but there have been a few times that things did not work out quite so well. I believe that some of the difficulty with some of pubs and authors is the name of my blog, but because I’ve been using it for so long, I am reluctant to change it to reflect my current reading preferences.
While friendly interaction on Twitter won’t change my opinion of a book I have read or a book that I plan to read, a conversation with an author will prompt me to look at a book I might have otherwise overlooked. There are just so many books out there that it is impossible to keep informed about all of them, so if an author pings me on Twitter or Goodreads, or even on my blog, I will go and learn a little bit more about their book. It won’t change how I feel when I read it, but it will at least get me to look at it in the first place.
With all of the Twitter storms and Goodreads fiascos lately, I actually took a step back and now try not to directly engage with authors. Since I really don’t have a lot of time to hang out on social networking sites, that’s probably not a bad thing – now I just use a lot of my Twitter time to read, instead!
How about you? How do you deal with author interactions?