But sometimes it becomes necessary.
After more than a year as a member of Rave Reviews Book Club, it’s time for me to say goodbye. It was good while it lasted, but there are some major philosophical differences between what I believe and how the board chooses to run the club.
That’s okay. It’s their club.
It has been an honor to serve in the trenches, spending most of my tenure with RRBC as a member of the Tweet Support Team. I’ve made some true friends along the way, and met some fantastic people who I will miss interacting with, if they choose to unfollow me on Twitter.
It’s not all bad, of course. The hours I spent working on the TST can now be applied to finishing my latest book. I hate to say it, but so much time on Twitter has been something of a distraction. And my stats on Amazon show that sales via links on Twitter are few and far between. (I always use one of my affiliate IDs for book links, just to get the stats.) In fact, in the past year, I think only twice has a link to a specific book resulted in a sale of that book, and one was a link from my blog!
Am I suggesting anyone else should quit? Of course not.
Can I recommend the club to other authors? That depends.
For authors just getting started, the club provides an opportunity to get honest reviews for their books, from people who are motivated to leave a review. For a new author, those reviews are priceless. But for an established author, one who is seeing consistent royalties every month and already has the reviews and a strong fan base, I believe their time would be better spent writing their next book. Although I wouldn’t try to discourage them if they wanted to join.
What’s next for me? A lot more BIC. (Butt In Chair) And God willing, I’ll publish a few more books this year.
So, as The Bard once said, “Parting is such sweet sorrow…”