For some time now I have had, quite to my own soft despair, a Facebook author page. For those not in the know about the Booking of the Faces, this is a page set up by me, about me, for those people primarily interested in…well…me.
Yes, it does feel a bit weird and culty. Very Manson.
Look, the intention was good. What with so many people living their entire lives, from birth to death, through the Facebook it seemed like the done thing to have something there where people could sign up and get any book news in their feed along with their daily cat memes and jihadist beheadings. I mean, I’ve got a personal Facebook page and all that, but some people don’t want to suffer through the rest of my drivel just for the occasional book announcement.
Also? You’re weird. Not all of you. But enough of you. Weird and scary and not the sort of people I necessarily want peering through my online windows.
So, the Facebook author page. It worked for a little bit. Stuff I posted there was strictly about new books, and the people who wanted that information got it in a timely way.
Then Facebook got greedy. It stopped showing that information to the people who specifically wanted it unless I agreed to pay them money each time. The last time I posted anything there it reached three people.
Facebook is an arse, sir.
On the plus side, that means I get to BLOW UP THE FACEBOOK!
I’ll be doing it tomorrow morning. That page is history.
For those who really did want to get your book news that way, I strongly suggest signing up to my email newsletter instead. Make that leap. The principle of the newsletter is exactly the same. I only send stuff when an interesting book thing is happening that you might want to know about. Usually that’s the release of a new book. Sometimes you even get free or discounted stuff. Put your email in this box here and hit the button.
It might particularly advantage you to sign up in the next eighteen hours or so.
If you do get to this page via Facebook, please like that post. You never know, the link might then be seen by more of the people who wanted to hear about the book stuff, and they might then switch to the email option too.
Tomorrow, around about when I send out the next newsletter, I shall blow the Facebook up.
This fills me with atrocious glee.