Happy Tuesday, peeps, Doris here.
Now you’d have thought being nice to your readers would be second nature to authors, wouldn’t you? It certainly ought to be, because without our readers, where would we, the authors be? I tell you where….
Out of a job, that’s where.
Without readers there would be no need to write books, after all, and most importantly without readers spending their hard-earned cash, well…
While most authors cannot live of their earnings alone, it sure is nice to get those royalty statements, and I never, ever take my sales or my readers, for that matter, for granted.
So, it greatly grates on my nerves when I hear of yet another author going off on a tangent at those very readers, who help to keep them writing.
What brought this post on I hear you ask?
Well, just another case – and I shake my head in utter disbelief whenever another one of those self obsessed authors crops up – who deem it their right to have a go at their readers.
I don’t know the identity of this particular author, and quite frankly I don’t want to. I’m reasonably sure I’m not friends with this person, because I didn’t see the status in question other than in screen shots and that was bad enough.
Basically, this author thought it was funny to have a go at his/her readers for not leaving reviews on Amazon. The f-word was used continously, something I understand this author uses a lot… Okay then…. I can swear with the best of them, but I certainly wouldn’t dream of swearing publicly on Social Media about my readers, let alone demand reviews.
From what I understand, the author deleted the offending status, claiming it was supposed to be a joke.
Hmm, maybe I’m having a sense of humor failure then, but I can’t see how a profanity riddled status, calling your readers names, because they can’t be bothered to leave you reviews, is funny.
Go ahead, try to convince me… Nope still not seeing it.
And you know, even if that is your style, your whatever you wanna call it, if you want to be known as the author who likes to shock in their statuses… doing so at the expense of your readers, is really not the way to go about it.
I’ve got news for you. Your readers owe you nothing bar the hard-earned cash they spend on buying your books. Sure, we all like to see the reviews, and in the case of Amazon algorithms need a certain amount of reviews to increase our visibility etc. but harassing your readers for them. Hell, NO!
I beggars belief really, this sense of entitlement, some authors seem to have. Whatever happened to being nice, I wonder?
So, what I’m saying in my mini rant here, is this. Don’t be that author. Treat your readers with respect and kindness, and they’ll do so in kind. And even if they don’t. If they rave and rant in a review saying you’re a toad who can’t write for croaking, well, guess what.
They are entitled to their opinion. Suck it up, smile and rant in private, if you must. Don’t harangue them about it, and likewise don’t go hounding your readers for reviews either.
Even when I do giveaways, and a reader wins one of my books, I don’t ask them to review it. Nope, it gets sent with a simple, I hope you enjoy it, and that’s it.
Of course, I would love a review, but readers are busy, and sometimes it simply slips their mind. After all, before I became an author I very rarely left a review. Now, I try to leave one for every book I read, even if it’s just a few lines. In an ideal world every reader would do so. Then again in an ideal world folks would be nice to each other too.
Oh look, there goes that formation of pigs flying through the sky.
On a serious note however, and to end my mini rant. Be kind. It only makes sense and you simply hurt yourself and your brand for that matter when you go off on a tangent. There are multiple posts on here from all of us on that subject, which alone should tell you, how important that is. And I know your mama will have taught you this.
Kindness goes a long way…
That’s all from me today.
Do stay naughty, in a kind, consensual way you understand 😉