I'm sure this has been mentioned somewhere, sometime before -- but it's a question that persistently baffles me. Sharing. We all read books. Most of us are writers. We encounter other writers, though this site, GoodReads, Facebook, Twitter and many other sites.
I'm curious about the enigma of reciprocity. I have helped promote other author's books on many online sites. I do not find they reciprocate. I buy and review other writer's works but they do not review mine, nor share a link. They certainly do not purchase mine. Others, not authors, do share a link or help promote. And they purchase.
I realize we are all attempting the daunting work of marketing/promotion our own works. Why is it that this quandary exists? Are we so enamored of our own works, that we are fearful of somebody stealing our thunder?
Why can't we, as writers, bloggers, etc. help each other? Am I missing something? Am I too naive about this subject? An example: I've followed many "established" authors on FB and Twitter. They do follow me as well. I post links/reviews about their books. They do not do the same for me. Am I asking too much?
I don't think so. This is intended mostly for the indie authors. We all want noticed. We all want our books to sell. I'm just not seeing the value of promoting the books of others, when my own work is ignored. Call me crazy, but I'm really quite curious (not angry) about this phenomena. Thoughts?