Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Are You Anybody?

Your online resume or online credit score is being tabulated and ranked by a number of services. Klout, Peer Index, Twitalyzer, Post Rank, Talentag and others are looking to quantify your online presence.  Are you a somebody? What formula should be used to determine such a thing?  Does it merely come down to numbers and quantity without a look at quality?  I am Linked In with 1,800 people but what does that really mean?  I blog almost daily, but so what?  I think the metrics used to determine a site’s value or a blogger’s weight or an individual’s social media worthiness can be inexact and incomplete.  Before you judge a book by its cover or a person by their Klout score, step back and try to take more factors into consideration.  Otherwise we’ll all be drawn to false prophets and online personalities that may appear to be popular but really lack substance.

Who are you? Says whom?

Some online database is tabulating your score right now.

Interview With Novelist William Butler

1.      What are your latest novels about? I have three novels out currently. They are BANG, The House of Balestrom and Time of The Season and I'm currently working on my next novel which is the sequel to BANG. That will be out in April. 

2.      What inspired you to write them? Oh wow. Many different things. Film noir, pulp novels...People...music... I can't exactly narrow it down to one thing. 

3.      What do you feel your readers want or expect when they read your books? I think my readers like the crazy twists and turns, drama, the characters...I write crazy self-destructive characters. I try to make them as real as possible. I want you to be able to read my books and say to yourself--I can see that.  

4.      What do you love most about being a published author? I love connecting with my readers. I like talking about my books or other books. I'm not limited to any one topic. And just love writing. I have always enjoyed it. So I'm happy that I can write and share my stories with others. 

5.      Do you have any advice to a struggling writer? Keep writing. Don't stop just because it doesn't sound right. Write the book and then go back and read what you wrote. You will find that you can amaze yourself. 

6.      Where do you see the book publishing industry heading? I see it heading to a digital media. And maybe POD markets. They are cheaper and produce less waste. You don't kill as many trees that way. Ha ha. 

For more information, please see www.williambutlerblog.blogspot.com

Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person.

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