WTF Wednesday

Ha! That’s kind of how I feel today. It’s all payroll-y and stuff.  ::sigh::

So I found myself on the CS message boards again this afternoon explaining to the “noob” indies that selling 0-5 paperback copies (a month) of their WWII historical ::yawn:: novel is normal. It also made me realize how strange some indies are because their marketing consists of telling other “writers” about their book.

Really? I mean – yeah, I’ve kindly purchased fellow writers’ books (after previewing them and making sure they’re not poorly written, poorly formatted, or poorly edited). I never have a shortage of reading material, but quite frankly, my book buying budget is tapped. I can’t afford to buy your 180 page $14.99 historical civil war ::yawn:: novel. Oh, it’s on Kindle? Great! ::face falls:: For $9.99. Sorry – I can get books by my favorite authors for about $3 less. Why should I take a chance on your book?

Okay – okay, I’ll look at the preview.  If I like what I see and the price is reasonable (usually under $6 for fiction if I’ve never heard of you) then I’ll probably buy a copy. To get me to recommend it I either need to love your book or like you a lot.  I suspect I’m typical of most readers – even as a writer. Actually – I’m probably even more forgiving than most writers and readers. I won’t berate a writer for a couple typos in their book or a funky sentence here or there (unless it’s every other line), especially if the story is interesting. Why? Because I know how much work indies actually do. As if writing a damn book isn’t hard enough – add the editing, packaging and marketing to that. I have a great deal of respect for indies – especially the successful ones.

I just wish people were more educated before jumping onto the self-publishing bandwagon. I can’t begin to tell you how many writers I meet who think that if their book is available – they should be selling thousands of copies just by the virtue of its mere existence. ::rolls eyes::  It just gets old and I had to remind myself it’s the reason I no longer hang out at the CS forum.  Now I’m off to find more coffee.

About Steph

Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at swordarkeereon@gmail.com

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