Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I Believe She's Talking About Professional Behavior

It's hard to believe that people need to be told the kinds of things agent Jennifer Laughran says in her blog post The Fine Art of Zipping It, or XYZ PDQ. Other professionals have to be aware of their public behavior all the time, why should writers, and specifically children's writers, expect to be any different? It could be because on, say, Facebook you "friend" people. Thus there is the illusion that you know your friends and can relax with your friends. But many writers go onto Facebook for the sole purpose of promotion/marketing. They are advised by promotion/marketing books/sites/experts to do so. They collect as "Friends," many of whom they don't actually know. The idea is to post info about their work in front of all these people, hoping that they will buy books or at least talk about you to others. So you go to all that work, and then do nonprofessional posts that will make you look, well, nonprofessional? I am mystified. Mystified, but also hoping I never slip up and do it myself.

5 comments:

tanita davis said...

DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED.

The place I have to watch myself the most is commenting on other people's blogs (hah!) but the truth is, we're always being observed; forgetting is what we do when we're at home, safe. In our socks and t-shirts, walking around in the dark for a midnight snack, we know the rules: never turn on the lights if the drapes are open. If we can just remember that for the online world, the drapes are NEVER closed, we'll do so much better...

gail said...

"never turn on the lights if the drapes are open" And the drapes are always open. Excellent analogy.

noochinator said...

Yes, the drapes are never closed online, very good!

As for Facebook friends, I remember a joke Chris Rock told about some teenaged school shooters: "They said, 'We don't have any friends.' There were SIX of them! I didn't have six friends when I was teenager! I don't have six friends NOW!"

gail said...

I can see Chris Rock saying that in my mind. I can hear his voice.

gail said...

Not that Chris Rock is a friend or anything. Though it would be very cool, if he were.