I’m scrolling through my feed and all I’m seeing is ‘buy this book’ ‘support this headtalker’ If you’ve followed me for any length of time you know I don’t talk about my books or spam anyone because it’s social media NOT a shopping channel

I’m scrolling through my feed and all I’m seeing is ‘buy this book’ ‘support this headtalker’ If you’ve followed me for any length of time you know I don’t talk about my books or spam anyone because it’s social media NOT a shopping channel. (It’s exhausting and annoying AF).
When I accept friend requests I check to see if authors are genuinely social or just spamming their feeds but clearly I haven’t been checking enough.
I don’t use FB to be bombarded by sales pitches. So I’m culling my friends list.
Peace out and keep on writing.

25 thoughts on “I’m scrolling through my feed and all I’m seeing is ‘buy this book’ ‘support this headtalker’ If you’ve followed me for any length of time you know I don’t talk about my books or spam anyone because it’s social media NOT a shopping channel

    1. I’m tired of being bombarded all the time. Some of these authors I have spoken to but there’s a limit and I just don’t want to deal with it every time I log on. Half of these comes from accounts linked to Twitter etc as well.
      It’s just spam, basically. And we’re all sick of spam.

  1. I dislike seeing it also.

    Anyone following me on Facebook is already my fan and I don’t need to sell them, or they’re another author and they know what I’m writing (because we all look each other up, amiright? 😉 ), if my book interested them, they’d pick it up.

    Admittedly, my launch week gets a little spammy, but I limit it to that one week or/and any major mile stones I hit. =D

    But don’t get me started on Twitter…ugh. If I didn’t have a small fan base over there, I’d close my account.

  2. Jex Lane I like Twitter but I don’t tolerate spammy tweets or dms over there. Instant unfollow.

  3. The concept of authors trying to sell to other authors always puzzles me, and spamming on social media in general is just about the least effective use of a person’s time. Twitter is the worst about that — people following a thousand accounts, all of them other writers, and their feed is nothing but BUY MY BOOK ten times a day.

    1. It boils down to desperation I think. Or someone told them that’s what you’re supposed to do (back in 2009!)

  4. The whole x amount of followers is worthless unless they’re following a few and have x3 or more of that amount following them. Then they’re offering something worth following. If you have 10000 followers but you’re following 10000 it’s all a bit meaningless.

  5. Preach. It’s not just spammy links, though. It’s also constant photos of book rankings, rundowns of new reviews, etc. No one cares about that stuff but the author. I have an author page for links on release day (I never do more than one). The author page is for author stuff. The personal page is for other stuff, like food and complaining about politics, lol.

  6. I hear ya on this. I almost never talk about my books on my FB feed unless I hit a big milestone. All the Headtalker campaign stuff has got to go too.

  7. My entire launch plan used to be a FB post that says, “So this happened…” and a pic of the book cover (sometimes even with a link). As you can imagine, it’s no way to build a career. But if it’s any consolation, at least “buy my book” isn’t “oh, shit, what’s he done now and does that streak across the sky carry a nuclear payload?”

  8. I still post about new releases because I do have readers that have found me on this account and I keep it public. But most of the time, I post about the most ridiculous shit imaginable, and there’s a fairly good chance it involves either a Marvel movie or Imagine Dragons. 😛

  9. Crystal Pikko Watanabe Headtalker campaigns are these social media campaigns where you get everyone you know to pledge a tweet or FB post to promote your book. Check out headtalker dot com. I personally don’t use them and don’t support them because they’re basically spam.

  10. I don’t want to hear ‘buy my book’ but I DO want to hear about a writer friend’s new release. I want to hear she/he has received a great review. I want to hear she/he has finished a story. I LOVE seeing covers. I want to know the little tidbits behind a story. I want to know about new blog posts. Heck, tell me anything you’re excited or happy about. You’re my friend. I want to be happy or excited with you.

  11. “Thunderclap” I think, Crystal Pikko Watanabe. And I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone go “man, I moved so many books after my Thunderclap campaign!”

  12. I also see a ton of that stuff, Pippa Lancaster-DaCosta, and largely I ignore it. Evidently, I am the target audience for Military SciFi, so I get that incessantly. I’d gladly click on some other ad (if I ever saw one), just for variety. Of course, then I’d likely be plagued with “shifter romance” or something. I tend to look for word-of-mouth, or possibly alsobots, to find new reads. Ads are largely wasted on me these days.

  13. That’s lovely Cynthia Sax and I know you’re super about sharing posts etc but I think there’s a line. An author mentions it, that’s cool. It’s when they bang on about it day after day after day. That’s what an author page is for.

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