As the publishing industry is changing selling books is becoming an increasingly complex and difficult task (see the assortment of threads on marketing, promotion, spam, on this board), Both self-published and traditionally published authors are having to find new and creative ways to get attention for their work.
One of the more popular methods of self-promotion, for both groups of authors, has become social networking. With a few notable exceptions, all of your favorite authors have a website, a facebook fan page, a website and a twitter feed. This provides a level of access to the author that has never existed before. We now know the name of their dog, their marital status, where they went for New Year's, and sometimes more personal and intimate information than that.
Some authors love this. They have the opportunity to develop relationships with their readers that are important and life giving to them. Others, and I would guess the majority, are not so pleased. They are private people. They don't want every stalker and over zealous fan to know their business.
So, forum neighbors, how much do you want to know about your favorite authors? How does it change your reading experience if you know their dog is ugly, what he or she had for breakfast, etc.? Do you want to be friends with your favorite authors? Would that be cool or kinda creepy? Now that it is becoming expected, does it put you off if an author doesn't reveal much about themselves?
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