I wasn't laughing when I suddenly became the object of a reader's hostility.
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I wasn't attacked because I was doing any of these don'ts. I was attacked because I was an author. And worse--- a self-published author.
I was a handy punching bag for her frustration and aggression.
When I pointed out that I was following the rules and not there as an author but a reader, she persisted and I turned her posts off. She didn't care that I couldn't read her posts, but persisted.
I later decided that this situation was not a healthy, or pleasant thing for anyone involved. Especially the other subscribers to the list and I made an announcement that I was leaving the list and moving on to another where my suggestions and questions might be better received.
I've dropped this and don't intend to contact Amazon. Should she follow me to one of the other lists and persist, I will.
The excuse my attacker gave for her behavior was that the list had dried up and people had stopped posting because of the constant spamming done by authors about their books. And I have to say that while I was on there, three authors posted the names of their books and the info about them. Which only succeeded in increasing the reader's hostility toward me.
But it was the hostility expressed by the reader (in my opinion) that kept traffic at a minimum. I mean with someone patrolling the list like a pit bull, and looking up the people who posted to weed out the undesirable (namely me)--- Who would want to post? Why I ever did is beyond me.
I can truly say that I have never participated on any list and mentioned that I was an author.
(I didn't on this one either. She looked my name up and announced to everyone on there that I was an author) Oh my God there's a Fox in the Hen House!!!!
Readers loops are readers loops.
So when I have participated I am careful to post with my opinions as a reader. And I have to say I have been a reader as long as I've been a writer. I have over 7000 books in my house to attest to that.
But I have been on more loops than I can tell you where two authors suddenly decided that their discussion as authors took president over the original discussion. It is like watching a train wreck about to happen because sooner or later a reader is going to come out and say, "take it somewhere else ladies this is a reader's loop and you aren't supposed to be on here." When that happens, it only bods badly for all of us. It reflects on us all, even though we're not the culprits.
As I found out first hand.
Moral of the story is this:
Do not self-promote on any of the lists on Amazon but the one specifically called Meet the Authors.
When you insist on self-promoting on readers lists:
1. It doesn't garner you any sells.(In fact the opposite.)
2. It only antagonizes the readers and ensures they won't buy your book, and in fact, they may blackball it with all their friends.
3. It will ensure that the readers on any given loop may treat you as I was treated-- with persistent hostility. (Luckily this was only one reader not everyone on the list)
4. It may damage the sales of those people's books you've recommended. (That was threatened while I was on the list.)
5. It will only leave you with a bad taste in your mouth and a desire to never participate in any discussion on there. (luckily I'm made of sterner stuff and I'm on one in particular that I've been on for nearly 6 years that I enjoy and no one gives me any shit.)But I only participate as a reader.
6. And if you are ever treated as I was on a list-- Don't lose your cool, treat them with kindness, because if your a class act, the other people on the list will remember you and perhaps buy your book.
If you'd like to participate in this discussion and share your experiences, I promise not to give you any shit or treat you with hostility.
Teresa J. Reasor