Online and Away
But since I'm going to be away for a while, I thought I'd leave you with a question.
Actually, it's the usual question. How can Walter get more fame and money?
I couldn't help but notice that this year's Hugo novel list was tilted toward people with a high online profile. Cory, Charlie, Neil, and John Scalzi all have a big web presence, and while Neal Stephenson doesn't, he's nevertheless idolized by cybergeeks for writing stuff like Cryptonomicon and Snow Crash.
It's not like I'm particularly letching for awards per se, but rather the sorts of things you get when you win lots of awards, which is to say a very large readership, respectful attention for your work, editors beating down your door, and money.
I had the whole interlinked web scenario laid out for me at this last Worldcon. "Your tweets bring people to your Facebook page, and your Facebook page brings people to your blog, and your blog brings people to your web page, and your web page brings people to your books." (Nothing in the advice about writing well, because that seems to be secondary. As we all knew, I'm sure.)
It was also explained how one person on the panel one an award. "I told all my online friends to vote for me, and they did."
More online charisma than me, I thought. Or very suggestible online friends.
How many people are really interested in tweets about what I had for lunch? If you are interested in my lunch, would you also vote me an award and buy my books when I told you to?
I asked the audience, two thirds of whom tweeted, whether they'd do Twitter if they had to pay for it. Two people raised their hands. (Just a data point, I don't really have a point about this one way or another.)
Oh well. Late night, after packing, and me not thinkin' too clear.