Conversation with a reader.

I have been thinking about something a person in the audience said this past Saturday afternoon at small bookstore I was invited to talk about my series. A man cried out when I finished speaking, “I wouldn’t have come to this meeting has not I saw where you had a publisher because the self-publishing industry is a mess.”

The room grew quiet, and everyone looked at me as if I was responsible for the man’s comment. I had to address him. He was too loud to ignore.

“I asked how many self-publishers’ work have you read that gave you that opinion?”

He shrugged his shoulders, looked me dead in the eyes and said, “It isn’t the work. The books aren’t bad..not bad at all. Often better than the big publishing houses but the readers are sick of the silly competition between self-published authors. On several books, I’ve gotten an instant messages once I clicked ‘like’ on Facebook or Twitter of someone telling me not to read that book and how horrible it is… to read such and such book; it’s much better. Or saying horrible things about the author’s personal life. I hope they know readers aren’t stupid or don’t care about the writer’s personal like. That’s their business. We know it’s the friends of the author of the recommended book or the author themselves saying those things. That’s a major turn off. You guys needs to get your act together or you gonna destroy the market. You guys don’t even support each other so how do you expect the public to support your work? Readers love to see the harmony and support among authors as they do any other entertainers.”

I asked, “Did their strategy work? Or did you receive such a message pertaining my work? If so, I apologize.”

He shook his head, “Nah, no one wrote me about your work. In the instants I’m referring to I’d already made up my mind what I was going to read but I just don’t like being taken for someone who can’t think for himself. Sometimes, I merely click ‘like’ after reading the blurb because I liked it but later I go ahead and buy the book because someone told me not to. I don’t like being told what to do.”

Had I known him personally I would’ve chuckled. For I’m the same.pexels-photo-844734.jpeg

I told him I’m sorry he was subjected to such unprofessionalism but most self-published authors and authors as a whole conduct themselves with the highest integrity and do not to let a few bad apples spoil his perception of writers. They’re always going to be trolls out there. No writer can do anything about them but ignore them and I hope readers do the same.

I waited until the small but eye opening crowd left . I learned something new: that readers want writers to all to get along and support each other and to cut out the cattiness. It’s driving them away. I feel many feels this way but only this guy had the courage to say it.

He was right. The more authors you support the more exposure for your own work. Think it over.

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About unholypursuit

A. White, a former librarian who is also long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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4 Responses to Conversation with a reader.

  1. Marina says:

    Perhaps the person was merely attempting to pacify your ego as everyone else here have done. I’ll say you are good, or even great but I have read better. Your main protagonist is a little too rough around the edges for my taste. Her hair is a perpetual mess. She curses like a sailor. She’s rude and obnoxious. She’s a bad dresser and bad mother even for the future. She has no feminine charms so why is someone as classy as Azazel in love with her? It’s either your fans are kissing up to you or you do not let bad press through. That’s understandable. No business let bad publicity through. But I read the first book of the series. It was loan to me by a friend who kept raving over how good it is. I disagree, it’s far too long. Too wordy. I prefer the writer to get straight to the point. It doesn’t explain why all these people want to kill this woman. It’s unbelievable that people out of nowhere all want to kill one woman. What’s so special about her? From the description of her she isn’t drop dead gorgeous. She isn’t rich enough to be a heiress. So what about her is making Nikola and Azazel fight over her? Yes, I know she supposedly have supernatural powers but so does the witches in Nikola’s bed. Azazel know many immortal women far fairer and powerful than Ana. He left them so what about this wayward rough talking classless woman from the dirt of Georgia he loves so much? Explain that to me and I may buy the book. In the romance genres the woman is usual more desirable than Ana BuFaye. Less argumentative, less combative, and willing to sexual please her man. Ana strikes me as a selfish, self-serving woman who cares for no one outside her family.

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    • Thanks for dropping by and thanks for reading the book. Yes, I’m letting your post through just as I let everyone else post through for I do not influence what others say or write. Every reader is entitled to their own opinion.

      But I can see you didn’t read very far into the story before forming an opinion. I wasn’t writing a fairy tale. I made that quite clear. I wasn’t writing about a submissive woman who swoons at the least breeze.

      Yes, the story does tell why those seeking to kill Ana BuFaye want her dead. Nikola constantly says why he wants her dead. It’s in the first book of the series. This series was started long before the days of eBooks, and short reads. By the time these elements came upon the scene the series were too far along to go back and re-read the entire thing.

      Had you actual read the book and not just the preface you would know why Azazel loves her.

      It sadden me…from what you’re telling me that a heroine always ‘has’ to be fair skinned, blonde straight haired, submissive, and always ready to sexual please a man, cowering in a corner to make a good one. She’s never curse out her offender(s) but try to charm them and only hope for the best. Do you realize how racist and misogynist that sounds?

      I already knew that was the common idea of heroine which is why I didn’t go that route.

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  2. Nicholas says:

    Insightful.

    Liked by 1 person

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