Her post is an interesting read. Check out her post, Why I Won't Try to Sell You my Book.
Those of you who know me and have seen my Writing Journey Video know that over the thirteen years I've been writing, the greatest blessing to me is the friendships I've made on the journey. Sure, I've enjoyed writing my 5 books and improving in my craft and the contest finals and wins are always rewarding, but the best most enduring blessing is the dozens of wonderful people I've met through writing groups, conferences, my work as coordinator of The Sandy Writing contest and the Crested Butte Writers Conference.
And now that anybody can publish a book--and are--it seems the publicity frenzy is reaching all-time highs. I'm certain it's a simple matter of economics--the law of supply and demand. The supply of new fiction books is even greater now, that authors are becoming even more competitive (dare I say, even desperate?) in their publicity campaigns. We haven't reached the levels of annoying politicians campaigning--and God help us if we ever do reach that soul-destroying place.
I'd like to blame editors and agents for fueling this competitive publicity frenzy, but I'm not so certain that they are. For the most part I hear them telling authors to spend more time writing a stellar next book than encouraging their authors to spend hours every day aggressively selling themselves and their books.
So right hear and now, I ask each of you to gently refer me to this post if ever I turn into an annoying, overly-aggressive marketer. I do have a strong competitive streak. It's genetic. Yes, I'm going to blame my parents for this one. However, I want to always remember what is most important to me --people. I want to give, entertain, and build us all up. Not just through my blogs, contest and conference, but through my writing. And I don't want publishing my books to change this!
Success is fickle and fleeting. Family and friendships are far more enduring.
What are your observations? Have you noticed a new wave of aggressive publicity campaigns among writers?
***ETA--Just to be clear, I am NOT saying anything negative against self-published or E-published books. My only point is that with these non-traditional avenues proliferating, there are a LOT more authors "hawking their wares" so to speak. There are more published authors now competing for the same readers. Supply and demand.