The ultimate tacky in booming books? Ya think? Or in this case, it was how early Kansans boomed towns rather than books. Kansas editors were famous for their incendiary rhetoric, and absolutely shameless in their attempts to win newcomers to their little burg, so the community had a chance of becoming the county seat. County seats were the only towns that survived on the prairie.
Yet sometimes I think writers today manage to top the Bible gambit. The truth is, marketing has become quite challenging for all writers and especially so for those of us who write mysteries. We would like readers to be aware of our books. However, some writers court my attention so aggressively that I vow I will never read their books. Their Blatant Self Promotion crosses the line into tacky.
I would love to hear from readers and writers about this topic. What inspires you to read a book? What determines if you read other books by an author? Even more important is why you read another book in the same series.
On the negative side, dear reader, what turns you off in the way of promotion and publicity before you’ve even read the book? What do like to hear about when you attend a panel? Do some writers disappoint you? Offend you? Have you ever vowed you would never read a work he or she has written?
Here’s what I like in writers I know personally; as a community, most writers are generous and happy to help newcomers. Most writers are respectful of one another’s effort and don’t gratuitously trash other genres. Most writers are quite tolerant of diverse opinions and enjoy human beings.