I need your advice. Yes, yours. :)
I have Google Alerts set up for my name and for each of my books' titles, so I can see whenever anyone's talking about me online. This is great for reviews, since I like to add them all to my reviews page and being notified means I won't miss any.
But I wonder about other kinds of contact. Goodreads lets readers post automatic "I'm 25% done with "Stir Until Thoroughly Confused" by Heather Wardell" notices, and of course I see those in my alerts as well.
I follow an author who retweets every single one of those alerts, and another who does the same with notes like "don't bother her, she's reading!" added.
I have books by both of these authors waiting to be read and I'm finding myself not wanting to read them because I dislike this level of "look, people are talking about me and reading my work".
This is obviously not their intent.
I have instead been replying to these sorts of alerts and telling the reader, "Thanks for reading my book and I hope you enjoy it." This feels better to me, but is it really?
How much contact, as a reader, do you want an author to have with you? I am doing my absolute best to respond to every reader-initiated contact, since if they wrote to me I feel I owe them an answer, but these are different since they aren't really directed at me.
Would you like to see "thanks for reading my book" in your Twitter feed or as a comment on your "reading Heather's book" blog post? Or should I just keep my mouth shut? (Fingers shut? :)