Monday, February 27, 2012

True (Tongue In Cheek) Story: Before and After Becoming An Author


Recently I rejoined Goodreads. I've noticed an interesting thing. Some authors don't rate a book. I completely understand why, especially if you are using your author name. It's just like reviewing a book. Some authors consider that the biggest No-No outside of arguing with a reviewer or bad-mouthing a publisher. Probably a bigger No-No. Of course this has me second guessing all those stars I rated. And this got me thinking about what I would have said or done before I was an author.

Before:

Omg, did you read such-n-such latest book? I think she literally wiped her laptop screen against her butt. She then sent it to the publisher and they published it. Because that book was pure grade A crap.

After:

No, I have not read such-n-such book.

6 comments:

  1. Lol.
    If I ever manage to get published, remind me never to ask for a review ;o)

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  2. @Aimee You've survived my crits. More than once. You can take any negative review in stride.

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  3. And hopefully, by the time I've finished revising, its a book you will praise lol.

    Seriously though, I'm relying on your blunt - yet totally right! - crit for Cait and Jake's. I have a feeling I've went way off somewhere. Maybe when I made my heroin drown (mmhmm I really have), or even when I made my hero scared to fail (wimpy).

    Yep, I'm thick skinned, and you are totally justified in your crits. FYI, your reviews are probably spot on. You'll have to email me a 'do not read' list :o)

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    1. lol Believe it or not, I am much more forgiving when I'm reading a book for pleasure. It's a completely different hat I wear. I'm not looking for the mistakes or missteps. I'm looking for a story I can enjoy. I'll happily gloss over things that sets my teeth on edge when I'm doing a crit.

      IDK, I think it has a lot to do with the fact when I'm about to do a crit I'm looking for the things that come off wrong in an ms. I know what I'm reading will have to pass an editor's or agent's inspection.

      Now, if the pubbed book still manages to get past the happy reader hat...I have never read it.:)

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  4. Goodreads has a really nice site, and they've even begun allowing author/reader discussion boards. If I like a book, I rate it, and review it. I've never thought it was up to me if I disliked a book to go on Amazon or Goodreads and trash it. I just figure I wasn't the intended audience and leave it go at that. With all I know about how difficult it is to get a book published, either e-book or print, someone in the publishing business thought there was an audience for it, and an acquisitions editor definitely saw something in it. Stephen King thinks the writer of the 'Twilight' series can't write and has said as much in public... well King, there are millions who disagree. Too bad the arrogant putz didn't just think 'wow, I guess I wasn't the audience for this' and kept his big mouth shut. :)

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    1. @Bernard "Too bad the arrogant putz didn't just think 'wow, I guess I wasn't the audience for this' and kept his big mouth shut. :)"

      I remember that. Now I'm not a fan of the Twilight series, but I still cringed. Let me just say I believe arrogance is a much bigger sin than pride. At least with pride you can learn humility. If you're a putz...there's no cure.

      "If I like a book, I rate it, and review it. I've never thought it was up to me if I disliked a book to go on Amazon or Goodreads and trash it."

      Considering I'm too lazy to review books I love, I doubt I'll ever lose my mind and trash a book. Even if the book makes me see at how horrible it is (to me) I'll call up a friend.

      "I just figure I wasn't the intended audience and leave it go at that."

      This. The one thing I realized after becoming an author is that tastes change. There were some books I loved to bits and after I became an author couldn't read past page one. The books had only lost their appeal for me. They still had it for the next reader to come along.

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