I’m working on an article of author online promotional dos/donts. This issue came to my attention by a reader who participates on the Amazon Discussion boards. The reader has been noticing an increase in author participation on the boards. The problem is that authors aren’t adding insight into the discussions but see the discussion threads as opportunities for self promotion.
For example, a reader posts that she is looking for a book set in a certain time period and unknown authors come forward suggesting their own books. From my email:
A recent post at the Romance boards at Amazon tried to address the issue as well, with mixed opinions from said authors. Here’s a recent post at the historical boards where the poor poster was inundated with them and tried to tell them to stop and they just kept coming and coming. Some of the posts are so poorly written you have to wonder how bad the book is.
How do you feel about this?