Saturday, 23 April 2011
Do You Want Authors on Show?
Having thought about this long and hard, I am wondering if it is worth keeping Authors on Show going. I love the team we have here together and they work hard to bring you informative articles and to promote you all. The thing is, there are so many writing sites and we have tried to get you involved and no one seems to want to be. The Flash Fiction was well supported at first and then dwindled to almost nothing. We asked if any of you would be interested in offering your books as prizes for competitions to make it more interesting, but no one offered a single book.We never get comments left on the pages - well rarely - and it seems as though we are doing all of this and no one joins in.
Different formats have been tried. When I started it a year ago, I was promoting up to 40 authors per month and working 15 hour days minimum. Most of those authors never even came near the site to see what we'd done let alone help promote it anywhere. It was this total lack of interest that made me cut it right down. We then promoted six to eight authors per month. Some were lovely and worked hard; again, most were completely uninterested. Why were we doing it then? If an author can't help themselves why should anyone else do it for them.?
It has now changed again and the stats. show things are not as they were. We were having top agents and publishers starting to visit the site. Did any of the authors care? No. We tried a forum and some were excellent and others didn't bother at all and we were told to get rid of it. Do you want a forum? We try to give as much writing advice and help as we can; we ask what you want. Do you tell us - no? It has come to the stage where I am wondering why we're doing it. I have already paid the money out for this coming year, but to be honest, I'm not sure I want to keep doing this any more. We all have so much going on in our lives and get no money for doing this. We do it because we want to help YOU.
I get promises from people to do reviews that never arrive, articles that aren't forthcoming and authors who never send in what's asked of them by the deadline. This sounds like a moan and in some ways, I suppose it is, but I have worked very hard to build this site and am saddened to see it going the way it has. I am also fed up with having little time to myself because I'm constantly chasing after people for things they've promised that never arrive. If any of you think it is worth keeping Authors on Show and AOS going, then you can let me know. If any of you do bother leaving a comment you can tell us why it should stay and what you want from it. If not, I shall chat to the team and see what they want to do at the end of May.
The main site has crashed at the moment and can't be sorted till after Easter - I wonder if this is a sign?