Back in September, I wrote a post about a short story that I had written and some very kind DarkCargoites volunteered to be beta readers. I found out this week that it was officially purchased for an upcoming anthology(many details unannounced) . This will be my first published story.
I am certain that this will be the first step to massive literary stardom and so, now I have to figure out proper online author behavior. From watching published authors behave on blogs, Facebook, and Twitter, I feel like I have an understanding of some of the basics. Correct me if I am wrong but, I think that these are five good rules.
1) It’s okay to tell people that you have a story coming out. After all, the reason I am following your posts is because, presumably, I like you/what you do and would like to know more.
2) It is not okay to be a hype machine. Remind me once in a while but, come on! I’ll get to it when I get to it. Maybe that’s today, maybe that’s next year. I have a life!
3) It’s okay to talk about what you’re working on. I liked that last thing you did. What’s the next thing? Maybe I’ll like that, too. If I really like you, tease me, baby. Time traveling superhero monkey? Oh, yeah. Looking forward to that.
4) It’s not okay to ONLY talk about what you’re working on. I care about how many words you wrote today the same as I care about your breakfast: sometimes. Was it new and interesting or was it just breakfast?
5) All of this is to say, be a human. There is a rule of thumb floating around for creatives: one out of every five posts/tweets/updates can be about the thing you’re selling. The other four must be about you being human. What do you like besides yourself? What are you reading/watching/listening to? That makes you a human. I like humans.
Next up: How to convince someone that they should buy an anthology because it has one of your stories in it. Bleh. Being an author is hard.