Friday, July 3, 2015

Never Apologize! #readerprobs


So many lessons came out of the recent Q&A debacle on Twitter, it's a buffet of "don't let this happen to you!"


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1. If you have a controversial book, it's not a great idea to open the mic for comments in the International Den of Trolls. (Some people call it Twitter.)
2. Unless you are 1Direction, it's not a good idea to open the mic for comments on Twitter, period.
3. If you're a published author do NOT publicly attack another author. (The number of readers saying they were adding authors to their 'never buy' list because of Twitter and FB comments was surprising.)
4. One more time: if you want to be taken seriously as a professional, you have to act like a professional. Never rise to the bait.
5. Authors have their reasons for not liking a book. Readers don't always share them.
6. Never shame readers for liking a story.


This one is the most important:

7. Never apologize for what you like to read!



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I saw many comments during the last few weeks about people feeling ashamed to admit they read certain books because they know they'll have to defend their choice. They felt almost personally attacked, and certainly personally offended, by the comments made to and about the author of the books they love. That's too bad, especially if that negativity is coming from other authors.

I did my best to stay out of that inferno, but if I made a comment any of you FSoG fans found offensive, I apologize. I don't think anyone should ever be shamed for what they read.

That brings me to the point of this post. Never apologize for liking books, guys. Hold your e-reader high, give the critics the finger, and keep right on reading. As the saying goes: let your freak flag fly! If you love BDSM, be an unashamed reader. If you like erotica, MFM, sweet, the dirty pleasure of a deliciously trashy romance, or anything else that gets your motor running, read it with pride! You have no reason to feel ashamed.

Readers rock! Without you guys we'd be sitting at home writing stories to ourselves. If we authors get too mouthy about books we don't like, tell us to shut up and remind us we should be glad you're reading at all!












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