~A RANT WORTH READING~

 

 

A Rant Worth Reading.

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Hey crew. Haven’t posted in a long while and this post I have a lot to say. There are a few things going on in the indie world that I think need to be brought to light and addressed.

First- plagiarism and illegitimate authors. What can I say? IT’S WRONG, DISRESPECTFUL, LYING, UNAUTHENTIC AND INSULTING to the author that spent many a day and night hunkered down in their cave while their husbands, kids and family patiently supported them.  These real authors give up many a social engagement or time with friends and family. They have compromised every aspect of their lives in order to share their talent. So to have someone blatantly rip them off by stealing passages from these authors and claim them as their own work is not only deceitful and hurtful but CRIMINAL.

Flirty and Dirty will not support any of these authors. Don’t care if this has happened before or it happens all the time. We will not support you when you have stolen a piece of someone else’s life.

Rant #2- When authors write a new book or series different from one that quite possibly put them on the map or the next book in the series that is about another character (usually the secondary from the previous), it seems many a reader compares it to another one of the author’s books and says it’s just not like the other one. No shit—it’s a different book. If I want to read the same damn thing I’ll reread the original. I don’t want the same thing just wrapped differently. You can’t fool me into eating a hot dog by claiming it’s a burger just cuz you put it in a round bun.  I enjoy seeing authors evolve and extend themselves past the book that put them on the map. Open your minds people. Enjoy the journeys. Wouldn’t it be amazing if in real life we could take a new adventure every other day? And since most of us can’t, why not enjoy the ones an author takes us on. Be receptive to what new things they want to share with us. We may not like every trip we go on but be open to seeing where it could take you. Be open to new possibilities. There is so much in life we can’t always change so let a few words do that for us. Feel the words rather than compare what the author has accomplished. There will ever only be one Travis, Jack, Rush, Jake, Kellan and the list can go on and on. I don’t want there to be any wannabes. Enjoy those firsts and move on. Give the authors a chance to delve into something new and show us they are multidimensional and organic.

Rant #3—the last one I promise—for now anyways. This again has to do with the fact that I think through the wonderful and talented world of indie, we as readers have become for lack of a better word, spoiled.  Spoiled you say? Um ya I do say.  With traditionally published authors, we quite often have to wait for a follow up book in a series. The publisher sets the release date. There are books you could wait 6 months to a year. With indie and self- pubbed authors, the authors determine their release dates. So why is everyone in a freakin flap over an indie author not getting their story out quick enough? Well there are those authors that are able to get their series published without too much of a wait time in between books and then there are those who need extra time and there is a longer than desired wait time between books. Many self published, indie authors still have day jobs. Many of them have families. Heck it would seem that they actually have a life outside of books and writing. What? Why can’t they just get that sequel published because I am dang good and ready for the rest of the story and the nerve of these authors holding out on me and making me wait—this is what is resounding in the indie world. Readers are pissed that authors would dare not publish these books back to back.  They claim it is a cash grab or marketing ploy. They’re pissed that a book would even have a cliffhanger and the next book not be ready—you do know what a cliffhanger is right? You know the last scene that leaves ya hanging till the next book. That bit of the story that is meant to have the WTF effect on a reader. So let me give your head a shake and give you my take on WTF? These authors bust their ass to get their stories out—did you see that? It is THEIR story not your story. I mean you could give up spending time with your partner or you could opt to feed your kids a drive thru or microwave dinner so that you could call one YOUR story. But seriously don’t hate on the authors cuz their writing timeline doesn’t fit your schedule. Revel in the fact they want to share their story with you.

I see so many reviews get personal. Don’t take it there. That has nothing to do with the story. It’s okay to have that 1-star review but don’t even think to substantiate that with the claim that it’s because the author left you hanging and now you have to wait for the next one. That’s not what makes the story a 1-star.  Don’t substantiate your poor review because the author killed off your favorite character and you loved them—FICTIONAL character remember? Not real. Don’t tell us it was a 1 star cuz the actions of the character were not real enough or worse yet they were too real and that you would never do something like that. The book ain’t about you. Oh right- it’s not your story. It’s THEIR story. You want to give a 1 star or an other than stellar review, talk about the writing, the mechanics of the story, the passion or lack thereof, the heat or flow of a story. Give the author something to work from. Something to grow and learn form.

These authors and their stories offer us a few hours away from the everyday whatevers. I just don’t feel like doing laundry right now so let me lose myself in a story. I really should get dinner ready but damn it if this book boy doesn’t have me tied up in knots.  Loosen up people— you take this fictional world far too seriously. Just enjoy it. When you want to worry about something worth worrying about, go back to your kids and family. Go back to your job and your obligations. Leave the fiction for another escape, another mind vacay.

Rant #4—ok this really is the last one.I just want to put it out there that Nic and I and most other bloggers out there do the blogging for fun. We don’t get paid by anyone to spread the author love. We aren’t paid to endorse any particular books or authors.  We have day jobs like a lot of you, we have kids who are young and need our time (although if there are any takers, I have 3 who are very cute- most days) who are going crazy right now. The blogging and indie love is just that- a love for it. We spend many a late or sleepless night. In fact as I sit here ranting, it’s 1 AM and I still will read so that I may get a review up for an author. So I’m probably looking at a 3 or 4 AM night/morning and will get up at 6:30 to get ready for work and see my hubs off for work.

Is there a point to this rant? Yes, we just ask that you not get your nose out of joint because we haven’t read a book that you thought was amazing or we didn’t review a book to your liking. I have 1300 books on my TBR—I might get to that book sometime in this lifetime or maybe not. It doesn’t make that book any less remarkable and incredible.  Authors, if we don’t get to your request right away—it’s not because we don’t want to it’s because we are trying to get through the dozen a day we get. It’s not because we don’t think you are not talented. It’s not because we think our blog is too good for you. It is simply a matter of give us more hours in the day, night and week. There’s just the two of us and at last check neither of us had super powers that helped us to get through all the amazing stories and talent there are. Oh how we wish there was that kind of power. And did I mention we do all this for free. We don’t charge authors for anything. Not the countless hours we put into organizing a blog tour or putting up spotlight posts. Not for anything. We do it cuz we love it!! So have some patience. Exercise some understanding and take it for what it is. FUN.

Whether you’re a reader, blogger or author, we’re here to enjoy the awesomeness that is indie. Indie and self- pub have opened up so many possibilities in the literary world. Embrace it. Don’t hate on it.

If you made it this far I applaud you. So enter to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card. 😉

Keep it Flirty and Dirty.

D

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79 comments

  1. Jo Fergus says:

    Wow, that was awesome to read and I couldn’t agree more. I certainly wouldn’t have read so many amazing books without the recommendations from book bloggers and I think that you two are amazing 🙂

  2. Trish says:

    Great rant! I admire all the time you bloggers put in, as much as I love my books I couldn’t devote the time – I’m so glad you all do!! 🙂

  3. Randi says:

    AMEN!!! I have people who ask me all the time what I get paid to blog. I tell them I don’t do it for money I do it to support Indie Authors and to get their stories out there. I have gotten to know so many amazing authors, bloggers, and even just readers on this journey. It has been an amazing ride that I hope to enjoy for many years. 🙂

  4. C. Michelle says:

    Read your whole rant…well said!

  5. ZoeyDerrick says:

    I applaud Flirty and Dirty for all of their hard work and dedication and more importantly, I applaud you for breaking it down, and keeping it real. I won’t lie, I got a little emotional because everything above is true.
    The best thing you can do for an author, especially an Indie/Self-Pubb one is write a review, but what are you accomplishing if you trash the author themselves or the fact that the book didn’t go your way?

    A lot has happened in the author community over the lasts few days, and more specifically the Indie Authors and I thank the lovelies at Flirty and Dirty for taking the time to stand up and stand proud for what they believe in, Authors, Indies, Self-Pubbs.

    Thank you Girls!

  6. TJ says:

    Amen sister!

    Thank you for all that you do
    xx

  7. Dana Mason says:

    Well said. Thank you!

  8. Dee says:

    Love it! So true it’s nice to hear you speak your mind. I’m writing my first book now and being a full time mom and wife oh and did I mention I work full time too? It’s not easy but hopefully it will all be worth it. Agree with every word you spoke!

  9. Melani says:

    Nicely put. And I can’t even imagine the time you put in to bring us such awesomeness. You guys rock.

  10. Anna says:

    Could not agree more! So glad I found you on FB, you have opened up a whole new world for me when it comes to reading flirty 😉

  11. Rachelle says:

    I’d rather wait 6 plus months for a great book than 1 or 2 months for a ehh book. So yes authors please take your time. I also agree with your rant about reviewer’s when I read reviews and I see ones that rip authors apart for cliffhangers etc..it’s just not right. I’m reading reviews to find out about the bones of the book and characters not a personal attack on the author because some people do not have class or open minds. Your blog is awesome keep up the good work. Thanks!

  12. Well said D, and hey anyone who doesn’t appreciate what you gals do obviously don’t pay enough attention!! You ladies are my o to book blog peep’s always have been always will be!! X x

  13. Ashley says:

    A worthy rant, for sure! I run Happily Ever {Book} Hungover. I’m still consider myself new to the blogging thing, and started it as something to take up time while I was between jobs and writing my own first few projects. It is exhausting work, and sometimes I wonder if it kills some of the joy of the reading experience. Of course, that thought goes out the door as soon as my nose is in a new book. And it is always a true pleasure boasting truly talented authors who give me moments to remember and revisit. If I had limitless hours to the day, no family, and no other life ambitions, I would do nothing else. But as that’s not the case, each new book I pick up is sort of like taking a risk, and it is purely my own. Not every book is a gem, but I’ve never understood people’s desire to tear down an author on a personal level. Every book cannot be to every person’s liking. That’s the beauty of it. But anyone who legitimately pours themselves into the words on the page and is daring enough to share it with the world deserves, at the least, artistic respect. Thanks for posting!

  14. Angie Batson says:

    AMEN! Thank you for all you do to help us enjoy our love of books and especially support our one click habit!

  15. Lilly V. says:

    Thank you!

  16. Miss Bougie says:

    Hi, I had no idea people were ranting about books being released not fast enough. Stories not liked because of the characters behaviour.
    What world do we actually live in?
    We’re talking about fictional characters that help escape the daily grind; pick me up stories; stories that make me reflect on relationships and how different characters cope differently with what life throws at them.
    The writers squeeze in the time to spin their stories for our benefit. They also have a “real” world that has demands on their time during the day.

    Also I want to thank the blogging world for all the lovely and informative reviews posted so that the likes of me is made aware of new authors and new books.
    I came to Flirty & Dirty only recently and I really love what I’ve read so far. Thanks so much ladies, writers and F&D for all your efforts and especially time.

  17. Just two words… Thank you!

  18. Jennifer Jones says:

    Love your blog and loved the rant keep doing what you guys do 🙂

  19. Donna C says:

    I 100% agree great post x

  20. I love your rant!!

  21. Megan Keith says:

    Well said! I for one agree with you and love that you just told it like it is! Thank you. Love your work x

  22. Well said! Thanks for supporting Indie!

  23. Elisabeth Grace says:

    Great post, and all very true! As a writer myself I have great appreciation for all the time and effort that goes in to running a great site like yours! Keep up the great work! All authors owe a great debt to the amazing book bloggers out there!

  24. Kat says:

    Well said, as the mum of an indie author I can support the untidy house, micro dinners… Etc after reading her book, yes I had the pleasure of being the first to read her baby! I said never mind the house work go for it and hurry up with the next one! He he…. But I’m willing to wait so I my grand kids can get a few meals and clothes washed! I hate to see negativity in any form.. The world has sure got selfish in my eyes

  25. I could not agree more. I think this at least once a day when I read some peoples reviews or comments on Facebook and I am glad I am not alone 🙂

  26. Renee Barnett says:

    I couldn’t agree more with all your rants! Thank you for taking the time with everything you do. I appreciate it and I hope it makes some people rethink their actions.

  27. kgagnon2013 says:

    You’re doing a great job and i have found many great reads because of your blog. Thank you!

  28. Anne says:

    I have to say in the past I have enjoyed receiving emails with the thoughts, opinions, and views of Flirty and Dirty… I follow a bunch of different sites that review books. But upon opening and reading this one this morning, I have to say it will be a last for this site. One I refuse to feel like anyone is being attacked because they gave a bad review to a book THEY spent their hard earned MONEY to purchase, if they feel they were jipped regardless of the reason that is their RIGHT!! Second their are way too many authors getting on the cliffhanger bandwagon to drag out a story that most definitely could have been clearly wrapped up!! As a reader who reads at least 6-7 books a week this makes me upset to feel that I am having to pay $3-$5 more for 100 additional pages of BS just so the author can get more money!! You are hard pressed to find a book published today that is completed and not left you hanging, so many so that with all of them by the time the sequel comes out I personally have lost interest. As far as comparing an authors books… I kinda agree her except when the author takes the original book and write the whole thing with NOTHING new from a different character’s point of view!!

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    A Rant Worth Reading.

    Hey crew. Haven’t posted in a long while and this post I have a lot to say. There are a few things going on in the indie world that I think need to be brought to light and addressed.

    First- plagiarism and illegitimate authors. What can I say? IT’S WRONG, DISRESPECTFUL, LYING, UNAUTHENTIC AND INSULTING to the author that spent many a day and night hunkered down in their cave while their husbands, kids and family patiently supported them. These real authors give up many a social engagement or time with friends and family. They have compromised every aspect of their lives in order to share their talent. So to have someone blatantly rip them of by stealing passages from these authors and claim them as their own work is not only deceitful and hurtful but CRIMINAL.

    Flirty and Dirty will not support any of these authors. Don’t care if this has happened before or it happens all the time. We will not support you when you have stolen a piece of someone else’s life.

    Rant #2- When authors write a new book or series from one that quite possibly put them on the map or the next book in the series that is about another character (usually the secondary from the previous), it seems many a reader compares it to another one of the author’s books and says it’s just not like the other one. No shit—it’s a different book. If I want to read the same damn thing I’ll reread the original. I don’t want the same thing just wrapped differently. You can’t fool me into eating a hot dog by claiming it’s a burger just cuz you put it in a round bun. I enjoy seeing authors evolve and extend themselves past the book that put them on the map. Open your minds people. Enjoy the journeys. Wouldn’t it be amazing if in real life we could take a new adventure every other day? And since most of us can’t, why not enjoy the ones an author takes us on. Be receptive to what new things they want to share with us. We may not like every trip we go on but be open to seeing where it could take you. Be open to new possibilities. There is so much in life we can’t always change so let a few words do that for us. Feel the words rather than compare what the author has accomplished. There will ever only be one Travis, Jack, Rush, Jake, Kellan and the list can go on and on. I don’t want there to be any wannabes. Enjoy those firsts and move on. Give the authors a chance to delve into something new and show us they are multidimensional and organic.

    Rant #3—the last one I promise—for now anyways. This again has to do with the fact that I think through the wonderful and talented world of indie, we as readers have become for lack of a better word, spoiled. Spoiled you say? Um ya I do say. With traditionally published authors, we quite often have to wait for a follow up book in a series. The publisher sets the release date. There are books you could wait 6 months to a year. With indie and self- pubbed authors, the authors determine their release dates. So why is everyone in a freakin flap over an indie author not getting their story out quick enough? Well there are those authors that are able to get their series published without too much of a wait time in between books and then there are those who need extra time and there is a longer than desired wait time between books. Many self published, indie authors still have day jobs. Many of them have families. Heck it would seem that they actually have a life outside of books and writing. What? Why can’t they just get that sequel published because I dang good and ready for the rest of the story and the nerve of these authors holding out on me and making me wait—this is what is resounding in the indie world. Readers are pissed that authors would dare not publish these books back to back. They claim it is a cash grab or marketing ploy. They’re pissed that a book would even have a cliffhanger and the next book not be ready—you do know what a cliffhanger is right? You know the last scene that leaves ya hanging till the next book. That bit of the story that is meant to have the WTF effect on a reader. So let me give your head a shake and give you my take on WTF? These authors bust their ass to get their stories out—did you see that? It is THEIR story not your story. I mean you could give up spending time with your partner or you could opt to feed your kids a drive thru or microwave dinner so that you could call one YOUR story. But seriously don’t hate on the authors cuz their writing timeline doesn’t fit your schedule. Revel in the fact they want to share their story with you.

    I see so many reviews get personal. Don’t’ take it there. That has nothing to do with the story. It’s okay to have that 1-star review but don’t even think to substantiate that with the claim that it’s because the author left you hanging and now you have to wait for the next one. That’s not what makes the story a 1-star. Don’t substantiate your poor review because the author killed off your favorite character and you loved them—FICTIONAL character remember? Not real. Don’t tell us it was a 1 star cuz the actions of the character were not real enough or worse yet they were too real and that you would never do something like that. The book ain’t about you. Oh right- it’s not your story. It’s THEIR story. You want to give a 1 star or an other than stellar review, talk about the writing, the mechanics of the story, the passion or lack thereof, the heat of flow of a story. Give the author something to work from. Something to grow and learn form.

    These authors and their stories offer us a few hours away from the everyday whatevers. I just don’t feel like doing laundry right now so let me lose myself in a story. I really should get dinner ready but damn it if this book boy doesn’t have me tied up in knots. Loosen up people— you take this fictional world far too seriously. Just enjoy it. When you want to worry about something worth worrying about, go back to your kids and family. Go back to your job and your obligations. Leave the fiction for another escape, another mind vacay.

    Rant #4—ok this really is the last one.I just want to put it out there that Nic and I and most other bloggers out there do the blogging for fun. We don’t get paid buy anyone to spread the author love. We aren’t paid to endorse any particular books or authors. We have day jobs like a lot of you, we have kids who are young and need our time (although if there are any takers, I have 3 who are very cute- most days) who are going crazy right now. The blogging and indie love is just that- a love for it. We spend many a late or sleepless night. In fact as I sit here ranting, it’s 1 AM and I still will read so that I may get a review up for an author. So I’m probably looking at a 3 or 4 AM night/morning and will get up at 6:30 to get ready for work and see my hubs off for work.

    Is there a point to this rant? Yes, we just ask that you not get your nose out of joint because we haven’t read a book that you thought was amazing or we didn’t review a book to your liking. I have 1300 books on my TBR—I might get to that book sometime in this lifetime or maybe not. It doesn’t make that book any less remarkable and incredible. Authors, if we don’t get to your request right away—it’s not because we don’t want to it’s because we are trying to get through the dozen a day we get. It’s not because we don’t think you are talented. It’s not because we think our blog is too good for you. It is simply a matter of give us more hours in the day, night and week. There’s just the two of us and at last check neither of us had super powers that helped us to get through all the amazing stories and talent there are. Oh how we wish there was that kind of power. And did I mention we do all this for free. We don’t charge authors for anything. Not the countless hours we put into organizing a blog tour or putting up spotlight posts. Not for anything. We do it cuz we love it!! So have some patience. Exercise some understanding and take it for what it is. FUN.

    Whether you’re a reader, blogger or author, we’re here to enjoy the awesomeness that is indie. Indie and self- pub have opened up so many possibilities in the literary world. Embrace it. Don’t hate on it.

    If you made it this far I applaud you. So enter to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card. 😉

    Keep it Flirty and Dirty.

    D

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    • admin says:

      Thank you for your thoughts on this. As you mentioned we are all entitled to our opinions. The post was to point out more the fact that we take a lot of this indie book world far too seriously when we are using it to relax and enjoy other aspects of our life. We all have the choice of which books we read and how we read them. As far as the price of books, many of the prices are set either by the publisher (no matter how big or small a company) and Amazon themselves. No matter who we are or what our profession/career choice we need to eat and make a living. I hope that you continue to read and take your journeys through fiction. 🙂

  29. amber g says:

    I totally agree with your rant. I can’t believe people leave one star cause they didn’t like a book because of a character being killed or not doing something right. It is fiction, not everyone is gonna like everything. But review based on the story, the plot, the awww of it. I didn’t like inferno (don’t hate me) but I didn’t leave it a one star. It just wasn’t my type of book. You do great reviews and I greatly appreciate all your work.

  30. Eva LeNoir says:

    Truer words have seldom been spoken! Excellent post!

  31. Mindy Jarreau says:

    Bravo! Keep up the great work! We appreciate all you do. Although people are still entitled to their own opinions about how they rate a book or when they should get the sequel to a book, I can usually pick up the fact that they are just a disgruntled reader.

  32. Bertie Welck says:

    Well said, love your blog and the rant was right on.

    #5 LOL wish the authors who were writing cliffy’s would say on first page THIS ENDS IN A CLIFFY
    I like to wait to have all the books in a series before I start reading. I am old and forgetful. So I forget from one book to the next

  33. Kim U says:

    I agree with pretty much everything said here. I find that I am more annoyed with the excessively high prices set for an ebook (over $6 in my opinion is too much for a digital copy with very few exceptions) than I am with a wait. Usually if it is going to be a long wait I will not read the first book until the 2nd one is close to coming out. So well said and keep on keepin’ on ladies, you rock!

    • admin says:

      It is becoming increasingly more expensive for digital copies. i’m wondering if it has something to do with the amount of boot legged copies of books out there. Copyright issues are very difficult to enforce in the digital/cyber world and therefore i believe the ecopies become more expensive. Especially those published traditionally or by the big publishing companies.
      Thanks for the flirty and dirty love xx

  34. Fantastic post! Thank you. After becoming an author myself, I ceased being nasty in my book reviews of other people’s work. That book is their baby. If I can’t give a book at least 3 stars, I don’t write the review. And. I never. Ever. Personally attack the author by being hurtful — your writing sucks. You write like a third grader. I hated that it wasn’t a HEA ending. Etc. Etc. It is was it is. 🙂

  35. Shelley says:

    I say HERE-HERE and raise my glass to you! I’ve only been a consistent reader for about a year and have enjoyed every.single.minute. of it. Some days I couldn’t make it thru without my books, and I soooo appreciate the talent these writers (and you bloggers) have, so my toast to all you girls out there…keep up the amazing work!!!

  36. Jansen says:

    Well said! LOVE your bog! You ladies ROCK!

  37. Nichole says:

    Very well said! Thank you for all the time you take to review books and help the rest of us find what we’ll enjoy. There # of books out there is daunting and you help us weed thru them all. Much love. 🙂

  38. Jessica says:

    Couldn’t agree more.

  39. Krista G. says:

    Wow! You just put into words what I myself have been thinking over the last few months. And these thoughts of mine especially came to head when author Sylvia Day had to post on her website the circumstances surrounding her Crossfire series. How ridiculous can readers be when things like kids, jobs, husbands, a sick pet, a computer going down, a prolonged submission process that occurs, signing a deal with a publisher, or a book publication date getting pushed back because of a publisher or other extenuating circumstances can disrupt the flow of things. We all are just living our lives the best we can – with curve balls and anything else that gets thrown our way. Authors are not any less busy than any of the rest of us – they just may be a little more creative or imaginative. And luckily we all benefit from their gift of imagination – readers get to escape their lives for a few hours and authors get to bring their stories to the masses. We all need to reign in our impatience (which the digital age has not helped with – everything being accessed immediately and all) and enjoy what comes to us in it’s own time.

    Also, I have to give Nic and D a warm felt THANK YOU! You two do so much – and all because of your love for books.

    THANK YOU again 😉 <3!

  40. I agree 100%, I often see complaints that an author yet again left them hanging, but, I ask, Isn’t that why you read the next book?????????? Isn’t that what made you wait to read it, because you were left hanging? So I agree, critique these books on their writing, not on their story. And I commend you 2, I have no time to even read with the job, my daughter, husband and actual Summer, where believe it or not, my daughter wants to go outside and do things when it is nice out, she doesn’t want to watch me read a book, while it is beautiful outside, sooooooooooooooo KUDOS to the both of you, for doing what you do, especially as I said, I cannot even fit in a book lately. And just to let you know, IT IS KILLING ME, lol Keep up the GREAT work…

  41. Debra E says:

    Well said D! I subscribe to a lot of blogs and appreciate the time spent by the creators. The ugliness that shows up on GR and other sites at times is really off putting. Keep up the good work.

  42. I think you girls are amazing to do what you do. Hugs!!!

  43. Andi Maples says:

    Excellent points! I’m thankful for all the authors and the bloggers. To escape in a book makes my life so much better.

  44. Kristie says:

    That was a fabulous read. I agree 100%, an appreciate all you guys do. Rock on sister!

  45. Beverly ignacio says:

    Bravo! Im an avid reader, reading is my escape goat to reality but i also know what iread is pure fiction! Tank you

  46. kp says:

    Well said! I have found so many great authors and reads through various blogs!

  47. John Hundley says:

    As an indie author, I can appreciate so much of what you do and rant about here. But I feel compelled to defend the reader also. I’m one of those guilty of writing a book with a cliffhanger ending one year and getting way behind on my personal deadline to get the sequel out the following year. Yes, my readers are antsy, but I just love the fact that they liked the story enough to want to follow-up. We all have TBR lists that are overwhelming. It’s a sign of the magical times we live in. Roll with it, y’all! Take time to stop and smell the pages (or the leather case around your Kindle).

  48. Brenda Marin says:

    Wow!!! That was awesome readindg rant!!! I couldn’t agree more with was what said. I love indie authors for that cause the majority of them are like us, they have jobs and kids to attend to. I myself am and apiring author and I’ve been writting this story for almost 4 months and not finished, having a 4year old and an 8 year old has not been easy but hopefully I will finished my story in the next month!!! Keep the good work girls you both are amazing bloggers!!

  49. Mike Bolter says:

    Back in my day we had to walk 3 miles, uphill, through a snowstorm just to get to the bookstore to find out if our favorite author has released something new or not!

    OK, not that bad but there was no internet. A waldenbooks newsletter or something like that was your best bet to see what was coming out. I consider myself very fortunate to have witnessed the explosion of Indie authors, and the connection the internet has brought between readers and authors. But remember, they’re people too so be nice!

  50. Well said, D! We totally agree that some readers can become a little mean and even attack authors directly. This is not cool! xx

  51. Alyssa C. says:

    Well said. Agree 100%

  52. Well said! I could not agree more. 🙂

  53. Teddi says:

    Bravo!!! Couldn’t agree with you more

  54. Kathy Bankard says:

    Loved your RANT! Am fairly new to all this blog stuff and really appreciate all the time and effort you put in to your site and fb page. 🙂

  55. StacyHgg says:

    Great Post!!! I completely agree, especially with regards to reviews. I do not like when reviewers give a low score to a great book for highly personal reasons. I am not a fan of cliffhangers but I do not base my rating or review on that. If the book was good it gets a high rating, if not, it doesn’t… And as a book blogger it is nice for you to acknowledge how much sacrifice is made, for no profit, by us.
    PS I love your blog!
    ( ˘ ³˘)♥

  56. Sue Pfannenstiel says:

    Thank you! Totally agree about the reviews!

  57. Shannan Harshell says:

    Some things just need to be said. It definitely was a rant worth reading!!

  58. Heather says:

    Amen….I couldn’t agree more. Well said!!!

  59. I applaud your statements! Love your blog…it’s hard work & dedication to run a blog…if it wasn’t, we all would have one! Thanks for some great words of wisdom!

  60. cafemamanc7 says:

    You call it a rant, I call them points well made. I have thought these same things so very many times, and I, personally, thank you guys for your time and commitment to doing the reading that allows us to get to know authors, books, and wonderful worlds that these indie writers (and others) bring to us. Amen to you!

  61. Well said ma’am, well said!

  62. kimlrkim says:

    Here… Here. Love the rant. So true and I applaud all your hard work!

  63. Daniella Shuch says:

    Thanks and love your blog!

  64. Kimberly Sheridan says:

    Very well said. I couldn’t agree more!

  65. snoopyvet says:

    You made some great points and thank you so much for saying them. I love to read and know that I could not one either write anything worth anyone else reading so I so much appreciate those that do.

  66. Melissa H says:

    As a fellow book blogger I loved this rant. I do go a little nuts about cliff hangers. I hate not knowing what will happen next, but I cannot wait to get that next book in the series to find out.

  67. Alexia says:

    Well said! Recently a non-reader family member of mine asked “So how much do you get paid for your blogging?” “Nothing I do it for free and because I love it” Then their reply was “Wow,I wouldn’t waste my time doing something for free” I really wanted to say something tactless back but I bit my tongue and simply replied “I enjoy it.” and I moved on.

  68. Brieanna says:

    That was an amazing blog post and I totally agree. I read for fun, to take me to a place where there is no stress, school, family problems or bills and I LOVE all the indie authors that I have read. I applaud them for what they do. Thank you Flirty and Dirty for all that you do for authors and readers.

  69. Leslie says:

    Great post!!

  70. Strongly agree, this stuff is just crazy!!

  71. Susan Mitchell says:

    I stand behind you 110%. I have been telling people who Hassel authors for not putting out books fast enough. I read many series and the authors put out one book a year. Also I am sick of people harassing authors if the book does not go as they think it should. Why don’t they write a book then?

  72. brandylrivers says:

    Agreed, and with all the books out there, there is no way you can get to them all

  73. “If you’ve made it this far…” *paraphrasing & giggling, too funny*
    I’m thinking that indie readers aren’t exactly spoiled so much as uninformed. The e-publishing opportunities that exist now are new and changing as we speak. Unless an indie author’s e-book comes with an “About” section that includes their daily schedule, personal route to publishing and the all-important comparison chart with a traditional publishing route, it’s likely that their average reader won’t know exactly what it takes to dream up an original work of fiction, translate that onto virtual paper and promote their work well enough to have it noticed by more than their own family members. I think you’re right on with focusing on one of the main positive aspects of the process, product and people who are involved in getting a story out into the world, which is, FUN!
    Hope you’re able to catch up on your sleep…zzzzzz. 😉

  74. Darla says:

    This was a pretty awesome rant you had here!!! Totally & whole heartedly agree with ya!!!!

  75. Christeena says:

    Well said

  76. Jena says:

    Well said. I agree with all your points.

  77. Elizabeth says:

    I do actually agree with a lot of what you said. Though if I’m being honest, and please don’t take this the wrong way, some of it came across as accusing and I’m certain that wasn’t your intention.

    I don’t really see an issue with reviews being a personal thing as long as those reviews don’t turn into an actual personal attack on the author and contain constructive criticism and examples as to why a reader rated something a certain way. I think reading is a very visceral thing, which is why you see a gamut of ratings for any one particular book. Most people tend to use a ratings system to reflect their personal enjoyment of the story. I see reviews as something that will always fall on the subjective line. If we review based solely on the quality of the writing, though still subjective, I think reviews lose some credibility. I personally love reading reviews that have completely different opinions and finding out why someone loved one thing that happened but another person hated the same thing. There was a book I read that was actually pretty well-written but my intense dislike for the female lead completely clouded my enjoyment of the book. My rating of the book reflected that dislike. That being said, I would never attack an author for something not going the way I wanted it to go. It’s their story and they can take it in whatever direction they want it to go. I just like to have my own right to it not being my cup of tea and being able to state that.

    Cliffhangers are a sticky slope for me. A cliffhanger in and of itself I don’t mind (though with as many books as I read, I don’t care how good of a story it is, by the time the sequel comes out, I don’t usually remember a lot of what happened in the first part and don’t have the patience/time for a reread). My big issue is I have read too many series now that I (and I know many others based on reviews) feel could have and should have been wrapped up in one book. When you read a book’s sequel (and/or the third part if it’s trilogy), and find that it contains too much unnecessary filler, it’s hard not to be left with some resentment as a reader. I can understand as to why this leads some to the perception that a certain author is in it to draw the story out and get more money from the reader. The trend for these series books/trilogies just keeps continuing so it’s frustrating when I personally come across one that could have easily been wrapped up in a more well-developed single installment. Don’t even get me started on the serial trend. There have also been books that were promoted as standalones, then saw a huge amount of success, and suddenly either a sequel or POV change book is announced. In most cases, I buy these willingly, but again can see reader frustration.

    That being said, there’s some series that I have absolutely loved and a couple of series I’m reading now that I in no way feel could have been wrapped up in a single book and I would eagerly shell out my money to see continue. But…I guess it’s that subjectivity thing again 🙂

    To me, a subject that I feel needs more attention brought to it and an even greater cause to rant about is the increasing trend for some readers to return books to Amazon that they read but just didn’t like. I want to scream at anyone who I see admits to doing that. It’s one thing to return a book you accidentally got by mistake (a couple of types I have accidentally clicked the one-click button instead of the try a sample button) or had severe formatting issues. But to return a book because you didn’t like it is equivalent to stealing for me. These individuals need to use the library exclusively (considering they’re using Amazon in the same way anyway). Authors put so much of themselves into their books and deserve to be compensated for their efforts. Indie authors especially as they don’t charge as much for their books typically. Books are products. If you “use” it then you need to pay for it. There have been books that I’ve honestly hated, but I wouldn’t have even dreamed of returning them. I’ll likely rate/review it down, but never return it. The book is still a reflection of the effort and time that author put into it and that I will always appreciate whether or not I liked the final product.

    Sorry this ended up being so long to anyone who made it this far 😉 …I guess I just wanted to play devil’s advocate and show some of the other side of the equation.