I need help. Those of you out there who are knowledgeable, easily more so than I, please chime in. I’m completely inundated by emails that come from social media sources. Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Klout, Yahoo groups and I’m sure others I’m not thinking of at this moment.
We all have been told that if you don’t have a presence on the social media networks you are dead in the water for your publishing. Great. I get it. I know there are some publishing houses that check to see how many followers you have before even reading your submission. Okay, I sort of get that too. Well, sort of.
I have writer friends who absolutely love their Facebook and Yahoo connections. They live on the links. I confess I have a few private loops that I do truly enjoy the communication. Yet it’s not a compulsion. Goodness help me if it were because it would take all day to manage. When would I write?
But, how do you keep it all in line? It takes me a chunk of time to repeatedly hit my delete key. I only respond to the emails that are important to me. Yet that is still time consuming. Even if I don’t respond, many I want to read.
Again, what are your tricks to managing all of this? I know I’m not alone.
I’m not even raising the question of privacy. I cringe as I receive multiple emails a day telling me I’ve won the Irish lottery, pleas for helping a damaged soul in the Middle East or am eligible for body parts that I don’t wish to have. Where are these emails coming from? I am sure it’s tied to the social media connections. Yet, we are stuck.
If we go “silent” we are told we are in trouble. If we are “out there” we are in trouble. So, I ask you. What are your strategies for keeping your nose and privacy above water?