Bonus blog this week as I need to get something off my chest ...
Last night, after editing, I was idly looking through my Twitter feed reading peoples' thoughts on Britain's Got Talent or The Voice (boy, does England need some summer so that we can all get our TV bums outside!) and I came across a conversation between a reader and one of my (now ex!) favourite traditionally published authors.
The author (who shall remain nameless) told the reader that (and I have to be very careful with my words here or it's easy for readers to search Twitter and find out who she is) she wasn't a fan of the less expensively priced books available on Kindle. Well, laaa - dee - da!
This could be a case of 'tweeting before thinking' but it's just wrong on so many levels. Let me give you my thoughts and see if you agree:
*Does this mean that we should judge the quality of a book by its price tag? A ten pound book is immediately a 5* review because it must be top-notch? Or a book that has the umbrella of a big publishing house over it is guaranteed to be a massive success? [cough cough] Pippa Middleton? Oops!
* Indies have to keep their books reasonably priced or no one would take a chance on them. Personally, I think upwards of £7 for a Kindle book is just rude but if you're being dictated to by your publisher I also see that you have no choice. See, I respect you - please treat me in the same way.
* I think this author should stop and think, 'There but for the grace of God ...' Ok, so you hit the big time, bagged an agent and publisher but please don't put down those who have decided to take another route - for whatever reason.
* Indies do everything themselves - editing, proof reading, book cover design, promoting - they don't have the luxury (or added cost) of people working on their behalf. So my 'cheap books' mean that, with the amount of hours hubbie and I put in, I'm probably on slave labour wage. Dear said Author, you managed to slag that off with one fleeting statement.
* I have to wonder if our stable of 'big chicklit writers' - ie: the ones who were signed in the early days (pre eBooks) when business was booming and it was a new genre- would have had the grit and determination to follow their dream on the Indie path if they hadn't had their lucky break. It's not for the lazy or easily disheartened - would they have had the staying power? Or would they have thought 'That wouldn't make me a real writer' ?
I don't want this blog to sound like sour grapes - I'm happy as an Indie writer and I earn just about enough to keep the roof over my head - but I was deeply offended by this writer's comment. So much so, she has now lost a very loyal reader - why should I line her pockets when she has no respect for what I'm doing?
And, at the end of the day, are we not all doing the same thing? Living our dream, creating characters and plots our readers love and earning a crust.
It just happens that your crust is bigger than mine!