This was a Twitter status from a man who has 7k followers; I am not one of them, thankfully. And though I don't usually get involved, I couldn't resist.
BAD TIP!!! (Today's #BookMarket Tip: A writer's task is primarily to lure readers away from other writers. Tough truth. #writing #books)
Please read on to understand why this is so utterly ridiculous.
If anything, we share readers! When a reader has read all my books, I recommend authors and books I believe they will like.
And, I purposely share other authors' books on Twitter, Facebook, and even my website.
Because I can write four books a year; my readers can read four a week! If I read and share authors in my genre, doesn't it make sense they will share their readers with me. So, in fact, we are helping ourselves by sharing other authors. Right?
For example: If I have a friend with ten thousand readers, who have never heard of Carmen DeSousa, but love my friend, what will they do when they finish her books? Have you seen those little images of books below your books on Amazon? Have you noticed a trend? I have. On every one of my books, at least one of my friends' books are listed. There, that's all the proof you need.
And still another reason... Why would you alienate yourself from other authors? Last time I checked, most if not all authors were avid readers before they became authors. Even when I'm writing, I manage to read a book or more a week. That's not going to change. Matter of fact, I have enough books on my Kindle to last me years, and yet, just this morning, I bought another one!
Please, authors, do not listen to this silly piece of advice!
Rant over! Back to your regular broadcast, or read on for a little about me if you want to share my stories with your friends. I assure you, I'll share back. :)
A romantic-suspense writer, my stories overflow with romance, mystery, suspense, and of course, tragedy. After all, what would a great story be without a tragic event setting the stage? All of my novels are sensual, but not erotic, gripping but not graphic and will make you cry, laugh, love, and hope.
You can check out my novels at all retailers and even download a couple free stories. And right now, my romantic-suspense bestseller, She Belongs to Me is .99 cents for a limited time. Enjoy!
Until next time, happy reading, friends!
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