I pushed back my scheduled post for today to deliver this message.
This is my corner of the void to scream into and sound off on subjects as I choose, and that is exactly what I’m doing now. If you wish to debate the matter, I highly recommend you do so over on Tik Tok and/or Twitter.
Judge your employer, not me.
To the special crowd of ‘readers’ that are returning books (in any format) after fully reading them – this is directed at all of you.
What you are doing is dead ass wrong, it’s entitlement stealing, and you can miss me with all of it. There’s a saying that you should familiarize yourself with when it comes to me and the stories that I create.
“If I can’t sell it, I’mma sit on it.”
It’s a great song by Ruth Brown, so if you can make the time in between consuming products and then returning them, you should give it a listen.
Writing brings me joy. Has for many years, well before I thought to make a profit from it. And I will keep writing, whether I make a dollar tomorrow or a million by the end of the week.
I would love to blame this behavior on the pandemic but I know that ain’t the case. Y’all have become so accustomed to having access to so much that your sense of entitlement to everything is off balance. From telling authors what words to use in their stories, demanding no cliffhangers, and so many other (frankly, petty) matters that you are sucking the joy out of us sharing our work.
In the end this only hurts the readers that truly appreciate our talents and want to help us improve – so that we can continue bringing more enjoyable stories to them.
Check your privilege. Have several seats and reflect on your behavior. Post haste.
And for those uniquely terrible torrent users/creators:
Don’t think I forgot to make a meme for y’all too!
The world of indie publishing (well, publishing in general) is difficult enough, why are you all out here making it worst? Do you know how devasting it is to find something that you’ve spent months (years in some cases) creating, hundreds to thousands dollars on, and sacrificed time away from your family and friends on a FREE site?!
I don’t care if those reading there were never going to buy my book, posting an author’s work there is disgusting, and in case you’ve forgotten – CRIMINAL.
Leave my work alone.
If you subscribe to the notion that taking part in such affairs is valid, stay away from my stories. It honestly would take you LESS time to leave a 2 star review then to return an e-book. Why not do that if you honestly did not like the story you purchased?
That would go a long way to the author, if they look at reviews for things that they can improve on with their work (besides from their Betas, ARCs, and Critique Partners).
But y’all don’t want better, just empty reasons to be bitter and drag everyone near you down with you for company. It’s disturbing to say the least and needs to be checked.
Now that I’ve vented, I’m looking forward to taking part in Camp Nano this year. I’ll be visiting some of my older work to see what can be saved and someday published, or what will remain shelved and part of my ‘Growing Pains’ Author’s List 🙂
To be the first in on all the fun, along with short stories and a sweet playlist, feel free to join us over at The Stories Stations!
Until next time, sweet readers.
“Continue reading, continue writing, and continue enjoying the process!”