Since diving into the publishing world, I’ve met a lot of fellow writers. We all use social media sites in some way. A good bit of them not only publish under their real name but have Facebook accounts where numerous people can friend them. I’ve seen a lot of worms wiggling out of the can because of it. One friend in particular keeps getting photos reported as breaking the rules set by Facebook even though there is no nudity. I wonder why someone would befriend her only to turn around and do that? Especially when she makes no bones about what type of writing she dabbles in.
It’s a bit of a tricky business. We want to connect with readers yet there is always an element just waiting to holier than thou you into a blackout for a couple of days or whatever the ban hammer layeth on you. Plus, a more ugly side if you ask me, is the numerous creeptards who think we live the lives inside our books. I get this under my normal account and I don’t broadcast what I write on my wall. Or at least the extent of it.
So, since I use a pen name, I decided to create a page instead. Now this was also because I didn’t want to log in and out between accounts mainly. Yeah, I’m lazy like that. Plus, it gives the reader an option to ‘like’ my page instead of wading through the waiting list for me to friend back. So, I can interact with readers in a friendly environment. Unlike groups and personal pages, by clicking the ‘like’ button on my page you’re understanding what that page is intended for. While I haven’t had the ‘pleasure’ of getting ban hammered yet, I think it decreases my chances. Not to say I can’t see someone douching out and ‘liking’ an author page just to report them.
18 or older, folks. That’s what my page is marked. So by wary, my fellow writers just starting out or those who have been jogging around the block for a while. While we love sharing our personal life with our readers to be more ‘human’, beware that there are going to be people who don’t like what you do. They will find ways to rain on your parade. Protect yourself and use the pages option on Facebook. It’s free and nearly troll free.