But that’s okay. While it made me pretty sad, I have realized that in taking some time to myself this year, I have shot myself in my foot.
There is truly nothing more frustrating that a lack of support from people I know personally and love with all my heart. Their silence has made me strongly evaluate my presence in the world.
As an author who takes her work VERY seriously, it angers me that ten years of blood, sweat and tears is not worth a lousy $2.99, never mind that it was just on sale for .99. This is how the market becomes over ridden with garbage. The literary world has been hijacked by readers who have been burned by paying for an unknown author’s work that was totally transparent and badly written. It seems that unless a book is FREE, it isn’t worth reading. Well, until that mentality changes, I fear that today’s aspiring writers are doomed to failure. It’s a sad prospect, in my opinion.
The only way to change this issue is to make a point to read an unknown author’s work. Once you read it, leave your thoughts…good or bad. Sharing that book with others you know helps even more.
I found first hand that Amazon will not allow a person to leave a review if they feel you know each other. I feel that if a person is a customer and pays for the work, they should be allowed to leave a review. After all, they allow cyber bullies to destroy your carefully built reputation… Why can’t your customers, also their customers, build you up?
If you find you have been a victim to these practices, I can guarantee you that the author would be so happy to hear what you had to say. So email them. Message them on Facebook. Comment on their blog somewhere. Just let them know!
We are all fish fighting to swim upstream in a rushing river of competition. I challenge you readers to set a goal to read an unknown author’s work. Read it yourself, take it to a book club…I don’t care! Just do it!
So without further ado… The winner is: No One. I will keep the Kindle. Perhaps one day I will run another promo. Perhaps I will use it to read unknown works and do my part to keep the system running properly and honestly.
I do feel I must thank those people who have taken the time to read my books, my beloved Aspen Series, and have left their thoughts. I love every one of you from the bottom of my heart…even if I’ve never met you before. You make it all worth it to me!