Monday, January 14, 2013

Double Standards (or: don't hate me because I’m excited)

After much stating to myself that I would not (never – ever) self-publish, well I finally self published. I didn't like querying. I didn't like hearing what new thing could or could not be 'done' in writing every week and then feeling as if I had to correct every manuscript I’ve written or be shamed forever.


In other words, I finally found my voice and decided to use it.


Since then, one thing has really struck me. There is a definite double standard in acceptable ways to act when you’re an author.


Traditional publishing authors...

Celebrate your release day with photos, tweets, FB announcements, contests, giveaways, retweeted tweets of others... In other words, a party of sorts. The party is free to continue with excitement over every new step into the world your book takes.


Self published authors... If you even mention your publishing date in tweets there will be followers lost. If you try to do a contest or giveaway people will pretend they don't know you. If you mention your book more than once you are a spammer. If you try to be excited you shall be shunned.


Ok, I understand that by self publishing I have 'something to prove' that a traditionally published author doesn't. The reader doesn't have the guarantee that a handful of professionals have agreed in the merits of my book beforehand. I'm telling you I feel confident in this work, which generally means I've edited it to a perfectionists degree and had a lot of feedback from various readers. But still, until enough reviews are posted, you'll just have to take a chance on me. Ok, that's fine. I'm comfortable with that. I chose that.


What I don't understand is why I have to act like this accomplishment is somehow less celebratory than any other writer's accomplishment. Why do I need to pretend?


I worked hard and I'm excited.


That doesn't mean I expect everyone I know to read it. In fact, if it's not your genre or it doesn't sound appealing to you, then please don't read it. That's not our goal.


Also, I'm not talking about every other tweet being a plea to come buy my book. Heck, the authors who do that, traditional or self published, annoy me and I don't follow them. But if you didn't mind me tweeting about #amwriting when I had nothing published, then why are you so offended when I tweet about #ampublishing? They are both involved processes and they are both part of my job, but one brings you followers and the other is taboo. I don't get it.


So, if my book is free on Amazon for a day and I tweet about it, please don't be offended. If Starbucks was giving away free coffee at all the shops in my state I might tweet that too. It doesn't mean you have to come and get one. It also doesn't mean I will now go on to tell you every hour all day long. Because that's annoying, not informative. But I hope you'll understand and allow a little excitement about my job now and then. I don't do it to pressure you or force things down your throat. I do it because it matters to me. I do it because it is a small part of my every day. And that is what we're sharing, isn't it?


So please, don't hate me just because I’m happy with the choice I've made. Maybe we're on similar journeys, or distinctly different ones, but either way I think we should be able to enjoy and celebrate those journeys together. Don't you?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

FREAK by Jennifer Hillier

The one thing that just kept occurring to me as I read this book was that it should be called Freaks, because one Freak seems to draw out more.

Hillier does a great job at suspense. She gives you enough hints and foreshadowing that you are are not shocked by the characters true natures, but you're left wondering just how they will tie together right up until the end. She weaves an intricate and well crafted story that you will not want to put down until you see it through.

The crime scene you won't want to see, but can't look away from... Freak takes right up where Creep left off and draws you further in to the minds of crime fighters, victims, and of course FREAKs.
As of today In Her Blood has had 1,015 kindle downloads. Yes, that's a comma. When I set out to publish my first novel about 6 weeks ago, I tried to keep realistic expectations. I thought that perhaps given enough time a couple hundred people might discover and read my book. Now, most of those downloads have been free, I'll be the first to admit. But over 1k people could potentially be reading what I wrote down on a dozen to-do lists 5 years ago. That to me is unbelievable. And amazing. And humbling. I feel blessed to have known their story first so I could share it with you. Thank you to everyone who has invested the time to read this book. You make what I do not only fun but totally rewarding too.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year, New Books

Both book 1 and 2 of the Her Blood series are free to download today, January 1st, on Kindle. Stop by and take a look if you like paranormal young adult. The next book in the series will be out in the Summer of 2013.

Thanks for taking a look at IN HER BLOOD and THROUGH HER BLOOD today!