My RWA Meeting Gave Me Nightmares
Special Topic: Killer Personalities
My local RWA group meets once a month on a Saturday morning. I look forward to this meeting every month. It’s the only time I get to talk to other writers in real life, and I almost always leave there happy, uplifted, and ready to take on the writing world.
Almost always. This Saturday, I left feeling so sad and depressed. The speakers were really good and engaging, but they were talking about Killer Personalities. Literally, KILLER personalities. One of the presenters was True Crime writer, Patricia Springer, who interviews and writes about serial killers. Some of the details she gave us about how these killers killed, and what kind of personalities they had… God, it was just scary and terrible. I haven’t been so down since after the Newtown attacks. That depression lasted until Christmas for me, which is just sad because the depression didn’t end and won’t end for the families that lost their babies.
Okay. I’m getting depressed all over again. Let’s talk about the happier portion of the meeting.
We had a ton of authors sell their books! Seriously, the rose presentation took at least a half hour. That’s fabulous! It makes me so happy to see writers achieving their dreams.
Romance 101: Goodreads
I was also able to attend a short session on GoodReads that started before the meeting. That was interesting. I’m a huge, huge fan of Goodreads, and the speaker, Rachel Simeone, had a few suggestions that were worth thinking about. The one thing I hadn’t thought of before was the purpose of giveaways. I always that the purpose was exposure. People see your book cover when they’re looking for books to win, and if it sounds like something they might like, they might buy it even if they don’t win. But Rachel said the purpose of the giveaway is to build your contact list. Apparently, you can see who entered your giveaways. She says that this is your target market, which was eye opening to me. There’s a list of people right there who want to read your book. That’s awesome! But she also suggests you should send each of these people a message thanking them for entering the giveaway. Make personal contact, she says. That makes sense, too, but that also makes me feel uncomfortable. I’m not sure if that’s going too far.
What do you think? Would you be annoyed that you were contacted by an author who’s giveaway you entered? Or, by entering the giveaway, do you think that’s showing enough interest in an author for you to want to make contact with them?