Something has been bugging me and irritating me and I just got to get it off my chest. I hope you don’t mind. Anyways, as a writer (published) I sent 3 of my books to a dear friend of mine. I signed all the books because that friend had wanted me too. I obliged because it made me feel giddy and excited.
Well that friend received my books and they were so excited they took a picture and posted them on a facebook group that we both belong too! I was so honored and thrilled.
Someone in the group immediately started bashing and saying they hoped the author signed it and was such a horrible thing to receive books from author without them being signed and how if that is the case then the author doesn’t really appreciate the reader or care.
HERE IS MY RANT:
First of all, why would you immediately start jumping into something that would stir up negative attitudes and vibes?
Second, the person was receiving the books is a personal friend and even stated so in the post. The friend never said anything that was hateful or leading to any kind of rant, just complete excitement.
Third, even IF I DID NOT sign the books, it does mean that the person is not appreciated because, I paid for those books out of my own pocket. I wanted my dear friend to have a copy of my work so I paid to have the paperbacks printed for my friend.
Am I missing something? Doesn’t that show my appreciation?
I believe there are alot of people out there, that are not aware of all the hardwork indie/self writers/authors put forth into their art. We are not one of those authors that are lucky enough to receive a publishing/agent contract, we are not making millions of dollars, if we are lucky enough to receive a couple paperback copies at no cost – the rest we have to pay for ( at a discount of course).
Writing is not my money-maker, it is my passion. I do it for myself and feel blessed when someone wants to buy and read what I bled out on paper.
Or maybe there are some people out there that just want to stir the big black cauldron…well, not maybe, for sure!
Ok, I feel so much better now. Those pot stirrers will not get me down and destroy my happiness or my friendships!
So on a positive note…I believe that instead of arguing, saying something back with people like this and giving them fuel for their fire, I should turn this around to something positive!!!!
So I am debating on offering that person an ebook or paperback. What are your thoughts? Or should I just ignore it all together and move on???
I would love to hear your opinions.