When you blend your professional and personal life on Facebook, there will inevitably be instances where the two collide, and not in a good way. Some people might like your writing and be big fans who buy all your books, while they simultaneously make snarky comments to personal posts you make, regarding, say political issues–even when they are not, themselves, properly informed of the issues and the ramifications thereof. If they can’t see the forest for the trees, perhaps it’s time to stop venturing blindly into territory for which they have no map.
The hateful rhetoric in our political milieu, inflicted upon us by those like Trump and Cruz, seems to be bleeding over into the populace and should neither be encouraged nor tolerated. This goes to the heart of what we, as fair-minded, conscientious Americans, wish to eliminate from the social discourse.
What’s an Indie Author to do?
For myself, I would rather maintain my integrity than book sales, otherwise, I just fall into the category of “sell-out,” also known as bought-and-paid-for.
So, fair-warning to those who enjoy starting arguments and spreading lies, basing their arguments on erroneous information, and generally creating an environment of vitriolic conflict, absent of thoughtful, respectful debate. You are all entitled to your opinions, but you are not entitled to lie and poke sharp sticks at everyone who does not agree with you. I will speak my mind, and if you decide you no longer want to be on my friends list or support my career, so be it.