So, I’m Being a Snob

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I do feel that I’m being a little naggy, but where do you – as a blogger, reader, writer, reviewer – draw the line?  I like supporting other authors, whether they’re represented, Indie or both.  There are just some things that I cannot bring myself to post.  Does that make me a snob?  I’m sure some people will think so.

One: Teasers that are confusing, rather than tempting, oddly constructed or have grammar/spelling errors. This is the first impression of your book, it should be just as rigorously edited as your novel.

Two: Teasers, blurbs or reviews from books that have so many references to Fifty Shades of Grey, that if I were E.L. James, I would demand royalties.

  • I really feel the need to elaborate here, because I don’t believe in slander – this is not slander.  This is an honest opinion from a reader who has seen far too many tributes to that famous trilogy that it sadly requires mentioning. Two things to seriously consider as a writer…
  1. Though it may seem impossible to you, not everyone is a fan and their eyes twitch, as they throw your book across the room, because words like Fifty, Shades, Christian and Grey are now triggers. They might be able to recover from one offense, but not multiple.
  2. Imitation is the highest form of flattery – for them, not you. It makes you look like a pretentious fame chaser who doesn’t feel confident enough in their own work.
  • Either way, your book is left unfinished on their reading device of choice and you have potentially lost a follower. Which is too bad, when they obviously bought your book because they wanted to read YOUR work and not someone else’s.  Okay, moving on…

Three: Teasers, blurbs or excerpts that make me never, ever, EVER want to read your book.  Ever.  These tidbits of your novel should be worded to reel readers in, not chase them away while making the bitter-beer face.

Four: Teasers, blurbs, excerpts that are an unexpected, horrific combination of any of the above.

If any or all of that makes me a snob, fine, I’ll take it.  I’m aware that not everyone has the same taste in books, that not everyone would ever post any of my books on their blog and I’m okay with that.  To me, it’s a matter of promoting something you feel positive about and if I can’t get behind a product (or a book) then I’m not going to pretend to by advertising it on my blog.  Not that I have a million followers waiting on bated breath for my awesome posts, but still.  It’s about integrity… and mine’s apparently feeling a little cranky tonight, so I’m gonna end things right here.

Have a good weekend everybody & don’t forget your 3 S’s: Safe, Sane & Sexy! Or was it Snarky, Sinister & Salacious?  Eh, I can never remember… just Adlib it. 😉

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4 thoughts on “So, I’m Being a Snob

  1. This is one of the best blogs I’ve read in EONS! (Yes, I do use that word in casual conversation.)

    By no means are you a snob. Regardless of what day it is and which hat you’re wearing, you’re an individual. We’re all wired differently, and every book isn’t for every one. Which is the problem, because within certain genres, books are being marketed the same way. The. Exact. Same. Way.

    I’m one of those non-fans of 50 Shades, so the quickest way to get rid of me is to compare a book to 50 Shades. (BYE, Felicia!) While there were millions who read the book, saw the movie, and are probably sporting a t-shirt or two, there are still millions and millions who did not – for whatever reason – and could very well be a brand new book-buying audience. Except for that one little reference.

    We’re a society driven by trends and buzz words, which is in direct opposition to the individuality and “free-to-be-me” mindset we all seek or claim. Also, despite all the acceptance and tolerance we demand, we’re quick to label and ostracize anyone with a different perspective. If a book is a bestseller and you don’t like it, there MUST be something WRONG with YOU. Again, individuality is lost in the moment of the masses.

    Meh. Whatever. Keep doing what you’re doing, because you can be sure everyone else will.

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    • Thank you so much, Felicia! I’m just doing what my mama taught me, which is to be myself. As a writer, I always worry about how I word things online, because it can feel more like self-inflicted isolation sometimes or even career suicide, yet I still can’t bring myself to be anyone else. I really appreciate your very supportive comments and you are so right about the trends, they’re like a natural force that easily swallows you up and leaves you behind if you don’t act fast enough. I was taught to run from tornadoes, not into them haha. Have a great Week! 🙂

      Oh, and I just wanted to add that “Eon” should always be used in casual conversation – also, I just got the Bye, Felicia! And am now LOL’ng for reals. 😀

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  2. Hahahaha. I thoroughly enjoyed your post. I must admit I’m one of those people who cringe whenever I see references to 50Shades on a teaser or book blurb. It definitely marks the book out as one to avoid. 😀

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    • Thanks, Karissa! It’s so nice to know I’m not alone, but mostly, I just don’t think writers should use others success to boost their own. Sometimes, it sneaks up on you in the middle of a book without warning, though… that’s the worst. Have a great week! 😀

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