Wild life in the Facebook jungle
WARNING: WILDLIFE LURKS
Good Morning. I’m Jackie Weger, founder of eNovel Authors at Work. I write romance novels. The heroines in my books are good girls in turmoil. The heroes lean toward the alpha–good men all, because good men make good husbands and better fathers. My books are not going to shake the world by its roots. I write to entertain. Sometimes I get it done, sometimes I don’t. Goes with the territory. When I don’t get the job done right, I keep trying…I don’t blame Amazon if my book doesn’t sell, or rail at Bookbub because a book did not snag a coveted promotion slot, or sound off because readers don’t post reviews. Which brings me to topic: Facebook and Amazon Community discussion forums. No promotion allowed.
An author will say, “My book isn’t selling” and then will add: “The cover is professionally made, the book description is stupendous and it has a review rank of Five stars.” So I looked at the thing: Well boo-ya, honey. The cover has a picture of a contorted naked woman, but you can’t tell what it is in thumbnail cover on Amazon. The upper font of the title is lost in color. Unreadable. One of the reviews has a warning: Adult content: drugs, violence, rape, strong language. The book description is a synopsis. No mention of the mission/crises/villain. Main character is introduced in the very last sentence. Oh, all of those five stars are gushing like Spindletop. The title is scary. Think Aztecs. There is absolutely no way to suggest anything to that author, because the author’s comments say he/she/it has already nailed it. Closed mind.
Later in a another discussion thread I posted that a professional cover that does not capture the story arc won’t work. I mention I have changed
my titles to make them more appealing. Plus, I changed the cover on one book five times–all of which were professionally made and we finally nailed it. Took two and half years. Also, that I often revise book descriptions. None of my descriptions are stupendous. I also mention my units are professionally edited and formatted.
Oh, my goodness…Next thing out of the blue, along comes an author who accuses me of being a snob, and arrogant, and educated and having more advantages than he. And more money than he to pay for author services. And younger! My youth gives me an advantage. He can’t spend two years to get a book right. It was about a 500 word rant. He despises people like me. He is not going have his books edited because editors destroy an author’s voice. Huh? I leaned back from my keyboard and decided “not doing this anymore.” I left the group. I reviewed other discussion groups I’m a member of…and left a half-dozen of them too.
Here is why: We cannot help people who won’t help themselves to success–not just in our indie author world, but I do think that is universal. Frankly, I’m weary of the whining and complaining and spoon feeding to others what I’ve learned the hard way. Most don’t want to hear it. So. Saving my breath and aggravation. One of my colleagues is so annoyed at this sort of behavior, she shut down all of her social media. Spends her time now writing and selling her books. I’m close.
But! Before I checked out, I told the author “senior citizenship” is no excuse to produce a less than stellar product.” Child, I’m so senior I’m older than God and just a smidgen younger than death.
Next, the ranting author gets mad because I use a headshot of a makeover my granddaughters did on me. Looks nice. Shows me about five years younger than I am because they Scotched-taped my wrinkles to the back of my neck. (Actually 10 years younger–I lied. I do write Fiction). Folks, I am so not going to float a picture all over the Web of me with hairs on my chinny-chin-chin.
Fact One: It is author choice how you roll with your career. I respect that choice. Fact Two: There are many paths to success. Not a single one is smooth as silk. Fact Three: A book is an inanimate object until it is in the hands of a reader. Fact Four: If you want your book to do right by you, you must first do right by your book.
If by some wonderful chance you know of a better way to handle the wild life situations such as the above, tell me! I’m all ears. Comments welcome. Be nice. If you can’t be nice, be articulate. @JackieWeger 2016. I love this banner. Showing off.