I can’t tell you how unbelievably sick I am of reading (and skipping over) the endless political postings by authors. While you have every constitutional right to speak your mind that doesn’t mean I want to read it. The sad part is…the more of these annoying posts I read the more my ire grows; I hit that “unfollow” button for some welcome relief and to decrease what has become clutter. Just because you’re an author doesn’t mean anyone gives a damn about your political beliefs, or that they are correct no matter what party you favor.
After years of working with authors, I’m unsurprised authors have the egotistical belief that all of their Twitter followers must be subjected to their “brilliant” political commentary and other political bashing. Let me make it clear to you: READERS DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR POLITICAL B.S. WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR WRITING AND THE THOUGHTS THAT ADD TO YOUR BODY OF WORK. If you’re doing promos, fine, but for godsake not everyday. I love authors, or I wouldn’t still work with them, but I am sick to death of this. It’s such a waste of my time every single day. I treasure those wise authors that stick to the point; I always read their postings in full.
My aim on this site’s Twitter account is to cover:
1. sci fi & reviews
3. the craft of writing
4. new scientific items of note that could form new plots, points of interest in an author’s plot
5. sci fi news
6. inspriational quotes related to writing and sci fi
THAT’S IT. You’ll be amazed at how relevant you can become to your Twitter readers if you pare it down. I like to follow a lot of authors, but the political vective is incredibly irritating and unpleasant. If you want to do it, more power to you, but I won’t be reading your crap. I’m a grown woman, and don’t need YOU telling ME how to think about how “things are”. I must share that the joy many authors take in picking sides and then bullying people is disgusting. Really, sharing that ugly side of your personality with your readers is not an incentive to pick up your latest work. There are bullies on both sides of the debate, and many authors believe that since they are on one side they can be complete and total jerks to anyone that gets in their way. It’s revolting behavior. Twitter is like a political playground with bullies stepping up each tweet to push other kids to the ground, and dance with their friends about how nasty they can get. If you care so much about politics put it where it belongs… on an op-ed page, in a book on politics, in the political arena…if you’re so damn smart, run for office! Keep it off your author Twitter account if you’re not putting out political books.
So, writers, increase your loyalty and reads on Twitter…stick to your strengths and don’t blather on.