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.

    • MykeCole

      That would actu­ally make a decent hashtag.

    • MykeCole

      That would actu­ally make a decent hashtag.

  • Howard­Tayler

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

    We need a better acronym than MMINYM.

  • 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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    But won’t someone think of the children?

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    But won’t someone think of the children?

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    But won’t someone think of the children?

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