WTFckery or Not? Authors’ Social Media Faux Pas Edition
Welcome to this week’s eyebrow raising WTFckery!
This week’s WTFckery is a somewhat different. Over the past few days some authors have been very vocal on-line to their fans on their Facebook and Twitter pages in such a way that has rubbed their fans the wrong way. Why authors would cause such vitriol with their fans because they feel they have a right to be honest, is beyond me, because it never ends well. The same goes for any public persona, especially celebrities. Authors for some readers are celebrities, just like actors and singers are. If these “celebrities” end up pissing off their fans, aka the consumer who buys their product, aka their latest book, tickets to their latest movie or latest album or show, there’s a good chance they may have to some major damage control and apologize so their revenue stream doesn’t disappear.
But then there is the argument that readers don’t pay author’s salaries as authors, as Chelsea Cain and Lauren Destefano have said (they’re both entitled to their opinions, but should expect some discussion and argument on this topic). So in that case, why should readers’ opinions matter because they aren’t they ones signing their royalty checks?
Earlier this week, Chelsea Cain, known for the Gretchen Lowell series (a series I’m a big fan of) posted on her Facebook she was frustrated, for a better choice of a word, that her readers/fans continue to annoy her with constant questions about the Gretchen Lowell series, specifically asking when the next book is coming out: (these posts have been deleted per Chelsea’s publisher who told her to delete them) **big shot out to Tez who documented everything**
This started a lively discussion from Chelsea’s fans on her Facebook with many opinions agreeing and disagreeing. But then Chelsea posted again, in regards to her new release that was published last week- One Kick, first book in the Kick Lannigan series, (read my review here). One Kick is the only book of Chelsea’s that didn’t make the New York Times, and only hit #104 on the USA Today (this week it dropped out of the USA Today completely). Chelsea was very upset that One Kick didn’t make the much coveted New York Times list:
Many people had this reaction to that statement, as I did:
Another example of what some might feel is a social media blunder, goes to Alexandra Adornetto, author of the popular young adult paranormal Halo series. Alexandra has a new release with Harlequin Teen, a young adult paranormal titled, Ghost House. The blog, Bibliodaze has the breakdown of what occurred, titled: Alexandra Adornetto and the Importance of Author-Consumer PR. Alexandra’s reactions (to some tweets posted on Twitter from her readers, one being a less than positive review for Ghost House, and the disappointment a reader had after driving 2 hours to an event with the purpose to meet Alexandra, who left within minutes of the event ending).
“YA author Alexandra Adornetto decided to act incredibly unprofessional on Twitter over a negative book review. Sarah, the blogger in question, had not mentioned Adornetto in her Tweet when her Ghost House review was posted via her blog several weeks ago. Yet Adornetto still sought out this review and decided to add her two cents”:
“– according to the original Tweet from @Amber_M_Salinas, she drove for two hours to visit this particular bookstore, especially to see Adornetto. She wound up being three minutes late, and yet Adornetto had already left. No word on why, just that quickly-deleted Tweet you see above, where Adornetto slams not only her publishing company who organised the event, but also Harlequin’s assistant publicity manager, Jennifer ‘Jabbotage’ Abbots. Of course, we don’t know whether this was a case of diva behaviour, or the event management really being so incompetent that Adornetto got the hell out of dodge ASAP. Either way, common sense in PR dictates that you write an apology of sorts, or you quickly Tweet that you’ve had to leave the event early due to unforeseen circumstances.”:
Reaction on Twitter to those who read these initial interactions and tweets:
A WTFckery? You decide.
“People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson