My virtual book tour has given me a new set of questions. Followers have begun to drop into my Twitter page. I didn’t know these people, but they’ve reached out to me, and so I click the box that links my page to theirs. It’s a courtesy, I suppose. But do I have an obligation to them beyond my acknowledgement?
It’s no secret that most writers create blogs, join social networks and Twitter as a marketing tool. I’ve done the same, though I’ve become fond of my virtual friends and wouldn’t care to part with their wit and insights.
Despite the benefits I’ve derived, I’ve been slow to grow my contacts. Following the lives of 140 people is an awesome task and now more are arriving through Twitter. What is my obligation to them?
One bright spot exists, of course. I’m not J.K. Rowling. Keeping up with followers will probably never become overwhelming.