It’s hot here. Like over 100 degrees hot. What’s a woman to do except try to distract herself from her misery by focusing on something nice?
So, in the spirit of rainbows and unicorns, here’s my personal list of authors I think are doing a great job at navigating the turbulent Internet waters. And by personal list, I mean:
- They’re on my personal radar. There are lots of authors out there that I don’t follow who I’m sure are doing just as great a job who I may not be aware of. This isn’t a wide-ranging list, but is strictly my own.
- They’re not butt kissers.
- They don’t turn every discussion online into “in my book…”
- They don’t get huffy about online reviews or reader criticism.
- They shine because their real personalities come through and the reader wants to spend time in their company.
- They’re present online in more ways than just a blog or author Web site. That may be a fine level of involvement for many authors and readers, but I’m just not one to take the time to visit an individual author’s Web sites to read a blog. I may go to an author blog if a link on Twitter or a message board leads me to it, but I just don’t surf author blogs on a regular basis. So, Jennifer Crusie (love the site design by the way), the Word Wenches, and Two Nerdy History Girls aren’t on my list, even though I think they are all made of awesome sauce. (I’ve been dying to use the latter in a sentence. Okay. Moving on now.)
Ready for my social media honor roll?