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…
- 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.
- 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. 😉