I hesitated in opening up this discussion, but I thought it would be a worthy topic. If you peruse social media, you are likely aware of how politically charged many discussions have become.
My books and my writing are pretty much devoid of any political leanings. I welcome both conservative and liberal readers and everyone in between. This is not so with some authors.
Stephen King, for instance, has famously had a feud with Donald Trump. With his sales and accumulated wealth, I doubt losing readership is a concern. He has aired his politics long before the election of Trump.
J.K. Rowling has also made her opinion of Trump known. It amuses me when a non-writer goes up against someone with the wit of a King or a Rowling. It’s a no-win situation in terms of expressing ideas.
Of course, there are authors on the other side of the issues. Dilbert create, Scott Adams, also has tweeted and posts videos regularly with political messages.
As a person, I definitely have political opinions. I see my friends on Facebook, many of them other authors, come down on one side of political issues or the other. This makes me scratch my head. Just as the president can destroy or build up a brand by commenting about it on social media, I feel like political opinions will sink my burgeoning brand by alienating groups of readers.
So, how about you, author and blogger friends? Is expressing your opinion more important than building a following of readers of your work?
This could be a very interesting and enlightening discussion, but please don’t let it devolve into a disrespectful exchange.