I’m on a couple different writer’s loops and every once in a while, someone will post, asking everyone to vote for their book, their friend’s book, their cover, “like” their author’s profile at Amazon (that one went on so long, I was tearing my hair out), etc. etc. etc. There is always some competition going on somewhere.
My first reaction? ANNOYANCE. Because they aren’t merely informing you a contest is going on they’re a part of, they actually tell you to vote for them.
What happened to having a sense of ethics? Of integrity? I wouldn’t want anyone voting on my behalf for anything unless they sincerely thought I deserved the vote. I’m kind of surprised this kind of stumping is allowed on the loops. Am I the only one who finds it offensive?
Everyone likes to win, even when there’s not much involved. Well, almost everyone. I’m competitive, but some things are not worth competing for. The cover of Phoenix Rising is in a contest over at Elise Rolle’s blog. I’d give you the link but I can never find anything on her site. Too complex, too much going on. I can’t even find an email link to send her a request for a review. I love the cover but I know it won’t win and I don’t really care except on behalf of the artist, because that’s what a cover contest is about anyway: the artist. But Anne Caine is really good and she’ll probably win for some cover. In the meantime, I hope only those who really think that cover deserves to win votes for it. And no, I didn’t say a thing about it and as you read this, that contest is probably over and I’m good with that.
What kind of contest would mean something to me? Something with ‘best’ in it. Best book of 2012. Yeah, that would make me smile, especially if it was reader-voted. Otherwise, all these contests are a lot like award shows in Hollywood; it’s just people patting each other on the back, and I secretly think they are all popularity contests anyway, coming down to how many of your friends you can talk into voting for you.
Basically, competitions exist to bring attention to the product you wish to sell. It’s just another gimmick. I always hoped my books would sell because they’re good, they entertain, they make someone happy during the time it takes them to read it.
When someone goes to the loop to pimp a contest, I delete that post instantly. If you want my vote, don’t tell me to give it to you. Simply offer information about the contest and let me make up my own mind. I’m certainly not going to vote on something I haven’t read just because I like you! And I wouldn’t expect you to do that for me, either.