We’re becoming pretty connected, at least, I am. There’s a sharp edge to this connectivity that is the Internet or Twitter or Facebook or your web site or your blog or even Amazon. I’m a fairly private person, but being a writer and wanting my work read means putting myself out there to some degree. My latest foray includes Twitter and while I was on the site yesterday, a tweet came across for a “Lady Gaga” type book by the recently famous John Locke. I’d just read his book, “How I Sold 1 Million E-books In 5 Months” which is a must-read for any writer delving into the publishing arena. In any case, the tweet (the way it was written) and the strategy behind it “buy my book” was out of character in what I had just gleaned from John Locke’s book and his approach to the web. I clicked on the book and it showed up on Amazon with the listing of his other books, but it still didn’t seem right. Later, a few messages came across about the “Lady Gaga” book again and I went back to Amazon and saw one 5-star review and a 1-star review stating “don’t buy this book; it’s an imposter of John Locke”. Sure enough, that was the case. I did my part and added my 1-star warning to the person’s web site stating my problem with his unethical behavior in taking over someone else’s persona and their work.
The nice part was getting messages from one of the other twitterers as well as John Locke, himself, thanking me and a few others for pointing out this for-profit deceptive behavior. Of course, the guy opened a Twitter account and sent me a nasty message before he was shut down by both Twitter and Amazon, but stepping out into the universe to defend someone’s reputation and work was worth it.
Anyone who knows me knows I always have an opinion, though I’ve been more quiet than usual as I struggle to find my way in the world as an author out in the universe with published work and become exposed to people’s opinions about said work, regardless of whether these reviews be good or bad, this self-doubt always seems to be lurking inside.
My take is this: the most important thing I can do is to continue to focus upon the work (writing) and, every once in a while, step out into the universe for the greater good when it is the right thing to do. It keeps me connected after all.