Roy Joy wrote:
So, what is the consensus about publishing an email with the ebook? Allowing a way a reader can contact you but still controlling for spam, etc?
Should it be included with publishing/copyright info in the front matter?
Should it be even included?
Should it be different from the email used with the KDP account for management purposes?
Thanks for any wisdom on this!
Why is that? And which part....even including an e-mail part? And how do you communicate with your readers? Websites and blogs? Could be wrong, but I thought feedback would be a necessity in building a readership.
If you're highly social and have the gift of gab, by all means give readers as many ways to contact you as possible.
Put your contact information in the back of the book so every email scraper on the planet can't harvest it from the Look Inside code and send you spam. I do this and insert garbage code in the email address listed on my web sites, and the only spam I ever get is legitimate email incorrectly flagged by the filter.
Keep separate email accounts for business and readers so bills and important notices can't get overlooked among miscellaneous messages.
Depending on what you write, author accessibility might not be necessary at all. I have pseudonyms with no internet presence outside of retailers, and they fare just fine on a regular release schedule alone. If your area of expertise involves any form of interaction, however, a blog, social media, email, and perhaps even a YouTube channel may be considered mandatory to demonstrate that expertise.
Only you can judge the right level of accessibility for your self-promotion needs and your personal comfort level.
In all my books I link to my website or blog, so anyone can reach me by email with only the slightest bit of ingenuity. My mail address is in every book published under my real name, though generally not for those published under a pen name.
On my website, I have a very simple email address, but it is an image so can't be "scraped" by junk mailers. I sometimes put that same image in an ebook. I don't know if ebooks can be scraped, but I'd rather not take the chance. Since I have unlimited email addresses courtesy of my domain host, I treat these as disposable. If one ever starts to pull junk mail, I'll replace it with another. They're really simple minded, on the line of Writer@GreatWriter.com
Readers are to writers what the sick and diseased are to doctors ... necessary to make a living, but do you really want to socialize with them? Meeting them at conventions, signings and faires is unavoidable, but, other than that, no thanks. That they bought the book is contact enough. As far as getting feedback from them, I'll pass.