So, you know that saying that all mothers in the 1950’s used to apparently tell their daughters? (At least I assume this to be the case, since every mom I’ve met repeats it often and with great enthusiasm. But just in case you’re male and/or have been raised in some kind of sedentary wilderness, I’m referring to the “why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?” adage.) Well, I used to think that phrase applied to life in a social sense as well as a moral one.
Recently, a writer friend of mine suggested that if someone wants to become an author, they should start marketing themselves as such BEFORE they actually become published. As in, years before.
Now, as a person who has always been a bit wary of bestowing titles–for example, I never liked calling myself a journalist, even though I was paid to be one for years–I found this idea to be more than a little backwards. Like not just chicken vs. egg paradoxical, but ‘counting eggs before they hatch’ wrong-o. (And there’s another helpful old adage for you, while we’re at it. Though, technically, can I just point out that you CAN’T count eggs once they’re hatched because at that point they cease to be eggs and become chickens… Semantics. I love them so!) But because I’m trying to “turn over a new leaf”–another fun saying–and try new things, I decided to become more socially active, as it were, both on the older forms of media I’d been neglecting (blog) and new ones I’d been loath to experiment with.
(Um, hey, quick observational cliché: are my posts really full of double entendres lately, or is it just me?)
Anyway, now that I’ve started down the path of social media promiscuity so to speak, my question is this: does reading little bits here and there of what a writer/author is “about” make you want to read and follow that person once they are published? Or does drinking the metaphorical milk indeed make you less likely to “buy the cow” (or the book) when the time comes?
As always, I both invite and brace myself for your opinions. (Again with the suggestive terminology. Incorrigible!)