Showing posts from April, 2017

Sunday Musings: Wearing My Reader Hat

My Opinion (ain't a debate) I've noticed a couple tendencies by authors that I find irritating. I don't know if it's marketing gurus pushing these tips or the economics of publishing and the tight market that have authors sound annoying.  I wear two hats as reader and as writer. But as the reader, here's what I have to say. Do not come at me as if I have a life-commitment or blood oath to you, the author, after I buy your book. When I pay my dollars and you sell me the book, the fair exchange of goods has occurred. I owe you nothing further. You can request a review for all the right reasons. That's fine. But don't turn that request into a whine on social media, don't try to shame or slam me, the reader, in a blog when no reviews are written on your behalf, don't write essays about why you need a review to keep writing books. And for FFS, don't have a b*tch fit if the review is mediocre or a bad one. Remember, my only obligation to you is to pay…

Suddenly Taking That Off-Ramp Ain't So Bad

I'm at a juncture of my writing career where I've already taken a turn down a path that had no guaranteed outcome. Wasn't looking for excitement. Wasn't looking for something new. Wasn't in the mindset of reinvention or redefining who I am or what I write. I simply saw an off-ramp and instead of passing it by, I turned the steering in that direction.

So far I'm guessing that I'm still on the off-ramp. It's not one of those quick deals where you quickly merge into the next flow of traffic. But this ramp is higher than most and seeing over the sides to guess where I am or where I'm going isn't altogether clear.

This is where gut instinct and faith reserves are tapped to maintain the onward momentum. Sometimes I may glance too long in that rear view mirror and want to hit reverse to go back to what I know. But there was a reason that I took the exit, deep down I knew that I had to trust in my instinct and go for it.

All the lessons learned made me…