26
March

My Endorsement Policy

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This post feels a little self-important, but I’m receiving enough requests for blurbs and retweets (RTs), as well as requests to support Kickstarter campaigns or host guest posts, etc . . .

This is actually a good thing, because it means that my social media megaphone is getting loud enough to the point where folks are wanting to take advantage of it. But I want to lay down some ground rules here.

I do stump for other people’s projects. Joshua A.C. Newman can tell you that I’ve gone on a fairly concerted campaign to hype his *awesome* new game, Mobile Frame Zero. My last blog entry pumped Howard Tayler‘s amazing Guest of Honor Speech at Lunacon. I relentlessly promote the books of authors I love, like Peter V. Brett, China Mieville, Jack Campbell and Mark Lawrence. I am a *huge* proselytizer for things that wow me.

At the same time, I am very cognizant of my reputation, which is possibly the most valuable asset a writer has. When you put your name on something (and endorsing a thing is most certainly attaching your name to it), you are putting a little of your own credit with your audience on the line. If I say that I think a book or game is great, and it turns out to be iffy, the public who saw me endorse it will question my own writing as well. If I endorse a charity fundraiser, I am (rightly or wrongly) giving the impression that I personally support the charity in question.

This is why I only endorse things that I am 1000% behind. Things I *love*. Things I wish I had written/made. Things I am completely sold on. “Yeah, it was pretty good,” isn’t enough of a reaction for me to feel comfortable endorsing something. It has to really reach me.

Keeping this in mind, I absolutely welcome folks with projects they’d like me to endorse to reach out to me. I consider being asked to endorse a project the highest form of flattery. I take it as a huge compliment. But:

* Please reach out to me over PRIVATE channels (email, DM, PM). Please do NOT @ mention me on Twitter’s public feed asking for a retweet. That makes me REALLY uncomfortable. Because then, if I decide I don’t feel comfortable RTing it, I have somehow publicly rejected the requestor. Please do not make these requests on my public facing Facebook or Google+ walls.

* Once you have asked (sent the email, sent me your manuscript, etc . . .) DROP IT. Do not bring it up with me again. If I want to endorse your project, I will contact you. If not, I want you deliberately unsure if I didn’t like it, or if I was just too busy to get around to considering it. This is really important to me because I like to maintain cordial relationships with everyone, and I don’t want anyone pissed off at me for not liking their work enough to give it an endorsement. I’d far rather have you assuming that I got snowed under and couldn’t get to it, instead of risking any bad blood.

* My blog is my personal megaphone. I want to have the freedom to host whomever I want on it, whenever I want, without having to explain why. I may reject a guest post from a New York Times Bestselling author, and then let my 8 year old niece post the next day.

Hopefully that all makes sense? My goal here is not to put on airs, or push people away. There’s a TON of great stuff being made out there, and I want to be made aware of it, and to have the chance to like it before anyone else does (which I consider to be a hallmark of true nerd-life). So, yes, please reach out to me. Just *don’t* do it in the public square and stick to the fire-and-forget mode. Once I agree to look at your project, leave it alone and if you hear from me, you hear from me.

Hopefully that came across as even-handed and not-dickishly as I intended. Thanks.

  • HowardTayler

    Welcome to the “My Megaphone Is Not Your Megaphone” Club!

    We need a better acronym than MMINYM.

  • HowardTayler

    Welcome to the “My Megaphone Is Not Your Megaphone” Club!

    We need a better acronym than MMINYM.

    • MykeCole

      That would actually make a decent hashtag.

    • MykeCole

      That would actually make a decent hashtag.

  • Colleen Vanderlinden

    I thought you handled that very well! I get a lot of emails/tweets about things that people want me to push and I agree — I’ll only do it if I really believe in it. But it does make me feel awkward, just in general.

  • Colleen Vanderlinden

    I thought you handled that very well! I get a lot of emails/tweets about things that people want me to push and I agree — I’ll only do it if I really believe in it. But it does make me feel awkward, just in general.

  • RobertDurand

    We have spoke about this a couple time and  think it is GENIUS. You manufacture and “out” for all parties right from the get go and if you DO as you are asked  all parties KNOW you are full on behind this thing, whatever it may be.

    Yet another Myke Cole Blog bookmarked for later use.

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