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 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.
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