As an author I do understand the need to promote my books. From time to time this site carries posts doing precisely that. In addition I am very happy to help spread the word regarding my fellow authors. To this end I have published a number of guest posts by other writers on a variety of topics mainly, but not limited to their literary work. If you are interested in guest posting please email me at newauthoronline (at) gmail dot com.
All of the above is part of being an author. However what drives me barmy is constant automated requests to promote other writer’s work. Recently I have received automated posts, every few hours from one person who shall remain nameless asking me (together with their other followers/readers) to retweet the fact they have a new book out. This is annoying as it clogs up my inbox which is already groaning under the weight of WordPress notifications. Where I to retweet every time this blogger sent out their automated post asking me to do so my own readers would, quite naturally become irritated with me and I wouldn’t blame them for doing so.
This is the first time I have come across this practice and I sincerely hope it will be the last. The vast majority of bloggers do not engage in this behaviour and demonstrate respect for their followers. I suspect the person who is driving me potty is not aware of the effect of their actions so I have not followed my inclination to unfollow (what an ugly word that is) them. However if they persist I will do just that – unfollow them.
I did think long and hard regarding whether to post this. However, on reflection I think the above points do require to be made.