Have you set up Google Alerts for yourself? If you’re a published author I’m guessing you said, yea verily and you click around the internet to see what’s being said about you and your novels.
(Google Alerts sends an e-mail when something new is posted about you on the web. Authors can see what reviews, blog posts they’re mentioned in, articles, books being sold illegally—all sorts of fun stuff.)
To Comment or Not to Comment, That is My Question
If you’re an author and you see a blog post reviewing your novel, do you comment? Or do you stay silent? If someone raves about you on Facebook, do you "like" it? Or observe from afar?
I asked Allen Arnold (former Publisher and Sr VP of Fiction at Thomas Nelson) about blogs the other day and he says, “I advise authors to never comment. First, it makes an author look desperate, as if they’re scouring the internet trying to find someone that likes them.
"Second, having the author pop in unannounced can make them feel like someone is looking over their shoulder. Rarely a good thing.
"And third, it makes the blogger feel less free to give their true opinion.”
I posed the same question to an author friend of mine and she said the opposite. “I comment on all blog posts about my books. Even the ones that post unfavorable reviews.
"I think bloggers want to know if their posts are reaching readers. And that authors care about what the bloggers do to promote novels. A lot of times I get a blogger thanking me profusely for stopping by.
"They can’t believe the author took the time to read the review and comment. It means a lot to them.”
If you’re a blogger, do you like it when authors show up to comment? Or is a bit of a creep factor?
If you’re pre-published, do you think you’ll comment when Google sends you an alert?
If you are published, do you comment on blog posts about you and your novels? Why or why not?
James L. Rubart is the best-selling, award winning author of four novels. Publishers Weekly says this about his latest: “Readers with high blood pressure or heart conditions be warned: [Soul’s Gate] is a seriously heart-thumping and satisfying read that goes to the edge, jumps off, and “builds wings on the way down.” During the day he runs Barefoot Marketing which helps authors make more coin of the realm. He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and loves to dirt bike, hike, golf, take photos, and still thinks he’s young enough to water ski like a madman. More at www.jameslrubart.com