Some authors are quite focused on what other writer’s are doing wrong when engaging social media. For instance, constantly speaking out against auto DM’s or other forms of messaging on Twitter. I will say, for me personally, I always engage my readers the best I can. I’ve met many awesome people through Twitter, and some were through auto DM’s. In my experience, it’s a nice way to break the ice by telling my new follower a little something about me. A lot of great conversations have started this way.
Here’s the thing. The only people I’ve come across that actually have a huge issue with getting a welcoming DM from me is (drum roll please) a very small number of other authors. That’s right. Not the people I meet, engage with, share ideas with, or even fans of my work, but a select few authors who scoff at the way someone else is engaging their followers. Is this necessary? I can only imagine how much more writing they could be doing instead of making petty jabs. What works for some doesn’t always work for others. I don’t always have the time to thank every single person who interacts with retweets or favorites, we’re talking TONS of people, but I do try to do my best.
At the end of the day, it’s all about engaging my readers. We live in an age where that’s possible, even if they are thousands of miles away, which is an amazing thing if you think about it. The people I’ve met mean a lot to me. Good folks, great writers and thinkers, and the community just keeps getting larger. It’s exciting to see who I’ll meet next! That’s the important thing.