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 -- 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!


Unknown said...

To me you all are Friends not just Authors, I love getting to know you all and even if it is on facebook, see you all there everyday makes my day. So yes you are liked!!!

Aurian said...

Of course I really, REALLY like you all! So, I went to facebook, and added some likes, and some pages I already liked :)

I hate your evil wordverification ... it is nasty today!

Anonymous said...

Aurian: Yes, we loathe that CAPCHA word verification, too. But it keeps us from getting spam and nasty evil porn spam at that. Sorry.

Deb said...

I think our word verification thingie has gotten harder. I have to try several times to get thru.

As to facebook, I love, love, love my friends. At first, I worried that I'd have too many to remember, but that hasn't been the case. I treasure our special community!

OMG, next is the thingie and I can't make out a single letter. Here goes...

Mamacessories said...

I do like all of you so I "LIKED" all of you on Facebook!

Zita said...

There. You are all officially liked. Your Oscars are in the mail :-)

Adrienne said...

Thanks for the links! I agree wholeheartedly with Shelley above. It's a pleasure to click on that "like" button and I wish you all well!

Lizzie said...

Done:) My pleasure to "like" your pages!!

Heather Blake Webber said...

Thanks for this post, Lorraine, and thanks, everyone, for the "likes" too.

Oh, and I hate the evil captcha, too. EVIL!

mariehahn13 said...

I like and admire all of you for all of your hard work! I have been recommending you all to so many people, and I'll be asking them to check you out on Facebook too! :)