Friday, August 24, 2012

Do you like us? Do you really, REALLY like us?

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Poor Sally Field, it seems she'll be forever mocked because she was surprised when she won the Academy Award.  But then, aren't we all kind of surprised when we find that we are admired or liked?

In the world of social media, being LIKED takes on a new definition. You NEED to be liked. Not just for yourself, but your social networking sites, your book pages on Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com -- and you want followers on Twitter, Goodreads, and Linkin, too. Being LIKED means that people know about your work, and when you're a self-employed author who never knows if she will have grocery money because she only gets paid twice a year by her publisher, being LIKED takes on a whole new urgency.

When I accept friend request on Facebook, I generally ask the person if they will LIKE my author page.  For some reason, our publishers think that author pages carry more weight than personal pages.  Maybe because a LIKE page can have thousands, MILLIONS of likes, whereas a personal page will only allow you 5,000 friends.  That sounds like a lot ... until you think about authors like Janet Evanovich.  Ole Janet has a like page with over 536,000 LIKES, where as my Lorna page has 1,743; my Lorraine page has 786 LIKES, and my poor L.L. Bartlett page has only 357 LIKES.  Oh, I feel so ... so low compared to Janet.

Okay, Janet has been in this writing game (at least professionally published, I've been working at it for over 30 years, but published for only 7) a lot longer than me.

Maybe it's because I was a geek in high school.  I had two friends.  Period. Everybody else just dismissed me, so maybe I crave to be LIKED just a bit more than your average human being.  But ... will it ever happen?  Eh, who knows?  Meanwhile, the rest of the Chicks who have LIKE pages would also love it if you LIKED their author pages, too.  Here are the links:

The Cozy Chicks
Heather Blake
Kate Collins -- (Late Entry)
Julie Hyzy
Hannah Reed
Leann Sweeney
Maggie Sefton
Jennifer (JB) Stanley

So, if you're so inclined, PLEASE, PLEASE like us.  We don't want to have to beg.  (She said, begging.)

P.S.  Thank you!