So, I got thinking about what to post today, when an idea came to me that I'd love your opinions on.
On the one hand, it's so exciting to finally have fans. To open the mail or open my email and receive actual fan letters. The fist one I received for Fused was unbelievably thrilling. I thought, "Holy cow, someone that is not related to me that I don't even know who likes my story!" ... and I didn't even have to pay them :-)
Then I started getting mail from people about Tempest and that hasn't even come out yet. (Guess my publicity is paying off) They say things like, they can't wait for the book to come out, or that they have pre-ordered it, etc. Some have asked me to speak, and some have asked for a copy of the book as a giveaway or for a basket at conferences that take place right after the release date.
I love all this, and it's still so thrilling, but it does have me thinking...
Should I get a PO box? I mean, my address is public and my phone number is listed, so if someone really wants to find me, then can pretty easily. But to respond now, I have to use my home address which is blatantly exposing where I live, and at the very least, making it easy for people to just "show up."
Not that I'm famous or that people would even care to show up, but hey, I can dream that someday I will be that famous :-) Maybe I should nip this in the bud right now while I still have the chance and while people really don't care and will forget about the info I already put out there. It makes me think of Facebook and blogs and personal info and pics of my kids and all sorts of things I never really thought of before.
Where do we draw the line? How paranoid do we become? To what lengths should we go to protect ourselves and our families? Hell, I don't even use a pen name. Look me up, and there I am. But still, looking me up is more work than just reading what I put in front of you.
And here's another one. Many times fans not only love your work, but ask questions and hope for responses. Or what about kids in school that are doing reports on you? I've spent a lot of time on my website, offering fun extras and lots of info about my life on my frequently asked questions page. So do you ignore those fans, direct them to your website, or take the time to answer every email? Again, that's not an issue yet because I don't get "that" much mail. But we are all busy with writing, deadlines, family, etc. And answering emails takes time. Do we nip that in the bud now, too?
So many questions, so much to do, so little time!