No offense, dear friend, but they are "real" people. And while I know my best friends would come to an actual physical launch party in my town, very few of them can talk books like the people I met on Saturday, or the many authors I've met through social media channels. I've decided I quite honestly think the Facebook launch party, when planned well, is brilliant.
Social media has made it possible for people to engage on so many new levels, I don't think I truly appreciated it until I was an author. For me, engaging with a passionate fan, meeting a new author, or talking books with another voracious reader, is a natural high. I've thought to myself often lately how amazing and broad my literary world could have been when I was in high school if I'd had all these channels at our fingertips. Especially when one of the author hosts at the launch party for my book The Reaper's Daughter, was a seventeen-year-old guy who is passionate about his writing.
While some may argue that the world is too fixated with technology, their phones, and connecting online, I'd argue that too much of anything isn't healthy. But people can reach a balance. And being able to connect online within the publishing industry is a necessity.
What I'm trying to say, in way too many words, is that I had a blast on Saturday, and I'm excited to have made some new friends. And while I've at times had to force myself onto my Twitter feed, there are certain aspects I truly do enjoy, and the number one thing is meeting readers and writers. There's a lot of social media elements I've found myself opening up to, although I can say without hesitation, I will never embrace the unrequested pic of someone's meal.
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“The more you engage and connect, the more engagement and connections you will have.” ― Loren Weisman