One of the things I really just feel uncomfortable about is self-promotion. Maybe it’s because I’ve been around artists so long that I generally feel that I promote only when I have something to really show that is tangible. While it’s generally okay to show works in progress and such, the eye is to do so to “share” with those who already like your work or inclined to like your work. Over-posting one work is kind of rude. (We have an “okay post your NEXT work” mentality and a low tolerance for promoting the same work.)
But sharing art in the social fabric on the web is easy. Artists can churn out new sketches and works of good quality on a daily basis. And it doesn’t take a lot of time for someone on the other end to digest it. If I intrude on someone’s space/time it’s quick and easy to assess and view an image (if they’re that interested or bored). Text is a whole different bag.
One book takes months to years to put together in most cases. An author has really one objective too — usually sales. So I understand why promotion from authors is what it is. But seeing this message on the social channels with other little value offered by the author (i.e., all they post is links to their sales page) doesn’t fit in with the internet as largely a place for free stuff/interaction/information/ and fandom first. It fits squarely in with the “annoying sales ads” we see instead and, I think, starts to become uncool.
On a tangent — I think writing has an incompatibility with the quick attention span of the web even when the novel or book is serialized.
I think that’s highly obvious in a place like Tumblr where content is posted or reblogged constantly. The people who build up a lot of notes under ‘writing/prose’ aren’t people writing long-form serials (as a scan of that shows very few using it compared to like “Avengers”), but those people doing flash fiction or poetry on a highly regular basis. Tumblr isn’t a good place for long attention spans. Rather – issues, activism, fun memes, and fandom seem to be the best things to promote there.
So I don’t mean to put down Tumblr as a place to post my text, but I think it has to be small pieces and not entire serials. (The navigation and linking of related posts is just not reader friendly either except perhaps in more soap-opera /slice of life journal posts, aka “Bridget Jones” which incidentally was a serial when it began .)
There is a way to notoriety on Tumblr and perhaps some of the less adverse perhaps will be willing to risk their reputation to try it. And that’s generally, as a person on Tumblr, wade into the controversy and drama that exists there. Sure, one might be able to get massive reblogs/likes (i.e., your popularity metric on Tumblr) but it’s disturbingly hard to control. Tumblr isnt’ fixable by taking down your original post. It also lends itself to a lot of quoting out of context. And it’s terrible about attribution.
My conclusion thus far is it’s one of the weirdest places and most problematic to post text in great pieces.
And before this gets to be borderline to be too much like an “Online Novel” blogpost, I’ll stop.
I’ll be at MOMOCON THIS UPCOMING WEEKEND IN THE ARTIST ALLEY.
I’m doing b/w – grey sketches again this year. I’ll do free Tales of the Big Bad Wolf sketches for any readers who ask. I also have proof copies of a paperback that I’ll let go of. These were copies that had an extra blank page inserted in the middle and are otherwise a good reading copy of the serial. And bookmarks, buttons, charms among the other many art prints I have . I know I should post a picture but I’ll have to do that later. Still trying to recover from working over the weekend.
PS – Yes the site design changed because the install got compromised by a SEO hack. I basically nuked everything and restored content only from a backup. I’m not sure that the theme wasn’t to blame so I’ve stuck back to default themes that I know are pretty well-maintained. Hopefully I haven’t lost anything most people navigate here for (i.e., the old Rurouni Kenshin stuff), but if it’s missing let me know.