Dear fellow members, I’ve been for one of my regular breaks out to the garden.
Before getting into this update, I make no apologies for being blunt on certain matters, but it’s only because you don’t need purple prose—you need information. We have an admin/committee and occasionally in the past we’ve collated thoughts on ideas for the group. This update is being produced without a request for anyone else’s input—not because I see myself as the guiding light, or want to rant, but because I’m confident that my fellow admins would agree with me.
Since this group started, we’ve evolved into more than a bunch of people with a few common interests. Friendships have been formed beyond the regular acknowledgement in a comment. We have obviously got writers of the various disciplines, but also readers, editors, cover designers, web-designers, plus other skills besides. Unfortunately, we also have a few ‘freeloaders’.
Did that last point bring anyone up short?
If it did, I’m pleased, but I’ll get back to that in a while.
It’s acceptable that authors who sell their work will harbour a hint of self-interest. No, I’m not talking about selfishness, I’m talking about marketing, making a noise, shouting about the fruits of days, weeks, and months of labour—trying to capture interest—selling the end product—books.
A freeloader is different, and is a person inclined to use our group purely for networking and marketing. They don’t so much as ‘Like’ or ‘Comment’—they use us and our group. Yes, they may come across as ‘friendly’ but they are in it for themselves. I’ll end this point by suggesting that I will quietly remove such a member. I do so regularly, after consulting a filter which confirms my suspicion of a person who only ever makes personal ‘marketing’ posts.
Don’t worry if you are one of those members who don’t say much or don’t appear regularly—we understand, we know who you are, and that’s fine. Life exists outside of writing and our group … apparently ….
And now, let’s look ahead ….
I have an idea and it’s another unilateral decision, so however you feel about it, I take responsibility. Please comment here ON THE BLOG POST if you have anything to say.
The Featured Author slot ran for about four years and worked for a few of our members. We asked for input on any new ideas, and the response was less than overwhelming, apart from which, most comments were made on Facebook. Those comments have now disappeared, which is why it was requested that comments were made HERE. No more needs to be said on that point.
As a result of new ideas, many of you will have noticed on Facebook, Robert organised a regular Tweet/Blog group for all those interested. He will decide if and when the idea is shelved or continued.
Again on Facebook, in another effort to promote interaction in the group, and draw attention to an individual’s work, I selected work at random and posted on a Sunday for a three-day stint. Since April, I changed that tactic, and I’ve been plugging our group’s brochure on a Monday, by posting the link to a particular genre. The posts for this will soon come to an end and I’ve been considering another weekly entry.
I know that this latest ‘brainwave’ has been tried by groups and pages before, but here is what I propose:
On a Monday (usually), I will post the link to a ‘first chapter’ for a member, complete with the appropriate book cover, and a single link of their choice. i.e. Author Website, Author Amazon page, Amazon page for book.
Yes, it’s that simple. Too many links create issues and not everyone has a multi-choice option.
1. The ‘First Chapter’ would be located here in the IASD blog/website under a new main menu heading.
2. First Chapters would build as we add to, and not replace, those already there.
3. No more than one entry per member/author, so do some soul searching about your work if you intend to request a slot.
4. If necessary to accommodate an author who doesn’t write novels but produces poetry or short stories, we can use them instead. If this were the case, I will explain it to readers in the menu header info.
5. If a ‘Post’ is short, it lends itself to being shared more easily outside of the group, so no need to worry about a ‘Share’ option not showing below the post and link. Copy and paste as you please. If I insert the cover as a thumbnail with the chapter file, it means it ought to show when the link is pasted somewhere.
The brochure was designed, created, and is maintained by Melanie. It is a monumental undertaking to update such a document and she does so periodically. When she gets underway with the task again, do not overwhelm her with requests to update your information. It will be done, as and when Melanie is able, but please, ensure that any information you offer is accurate. After the next update of your information, any amendments will be on hold.
Let’s remain one of the best writing groups on Facebook—and if you feel you’ve been a freeloader so far—get involved. Interaction is what makes our group special.
First Chapter—does it inspire you to comment one way or the other? If it becomes a reality, it will kick-in with effect from Wednesday 4th August 2021. Comment if you wish HERE ON THE BLOG.
IASD brochure—it will be updated in due course, so please be patient.
Any comments/suggestions are appreciated.