Dear author who used a book networking site and an author loop to invite everyone on planet earth to vote for her book in an upcoming contest: You may want to rethink inviting authors also in that category to vote for you (here’s a tip, I’m not going to vote for you). I might be the only one who finds this rude, but I do. You might also, if you’re going to troll for votes in the first place, consider saying something like, “If you’ve read my book and you enjoyed it I’d appreciate your vote” instead of just asking for blind votes because you’re you. It’s a far more polite way of calling attention to your nomination.
Contests and awards are fun and it’s always really awesome to find your name in the nominee category. It’s also, frankly, a pretty big honor to be among the company you find yourself in in these contests (I know I look at the list and totally get blown away to be included with authors like Joey Hill, Megan Hart and Beth Kery). Of course it’s nice to win stuff, I’m not denying it. But I think there’s a way of alerting people to the contest without full on begging for votes – especially on a site that isn’t yours. It’s bad enough on a personal blog, but on author loops and sending invites to your whole friendslist at social networking sites is rude.
Oh there’s one contest I consider an exception: American Title, because it’s about getting people out to read and then vote, and I’ve seen most people handle American Title really well. It’s part of the process with that particular contest and you can read the entries right there at the site.
Anyhoodle, I suppose I’m just being cranky here, but seeing the same person do it twice just drove me to say something.