After reading the article I think things may be different for female authors, based on my experience. Yes, they speak to each other via the social outlets, but if you look closely more often than not, they speak to fans of their work more than they do to other authors. I know this because I am one of those fans, I hang out on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc., and connect with my favorite authors on a regular basis. I am a book junkie that dedicates at least 40 plus hours a week to reading about anything that has to do with books or fave authors via the internet, this being one of the reasons I come across Bob Mayer's work quite often. I'm not alone on these sites, they are embraced with readers like me, who love to connect with our favorite authors. Readers love to have connections to authors and the social outlets are an amazing way of doing just that. The majority of the authors who connect with their readers are warm and receptive, which only endears them more to fans, both new and old. Content is crucial to a reader, but nowadays if a reader falls in love with your work, the best advice to authors would be to connect with them via the social media outlets.
I completely agree that ebooks are here to stay. I came across this great illustration a while back and thought I'd share it, because it shows the impact of the social outlets.
|English: Infographic on how Social Media are being used, and how everything is changed by them. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
What do you think, do authors speak more with fellow authors than they do with fans?
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