I like fleshed out characters, and a good plot. Pretty straightforward, huh? A book that will make me forget everything else, and enthrall me from start to finish.
Via Huffington Post:
One word - AWESOME.
How authors *should* respond to negative criticism!
Suck it up and move on.
Isn't that the truth?!
I don't think there's anything on the checklist of what not to do as an author that these ladies skipped. Well... presumably they've had their books edited, as they've been picked up by one of the big six. But other than that, they've done it all.
Corrected and argued with readers.
Blogged about readers (misrepresenting the situation while they were at it).
Reported readers and flagged their reviews.
Used past trauma to excuse current behavior.
Complained about how the kerfuffle is damaging their career.
Tried to convince readers to change their ratings.
Of course, they haven't done anything which might actually do some damage control. Such as simply shutting up about the whole thing. Or telling the truth. Or admitting they should never have started this. Instead, I guess they think it's more productive to hound readers about how unfair it is to one-star their books. Everyone knows that always works!
Honestly, I haven't seen anyone so intent on ruining their own careers since Lauren Pippa imagined that shelf names were attacking her.
Reblogged From- The Book Lantern
I am a reader. I am not your bloody editor. When I buy a book, when I put my money down to make a purchase, I expect a certain level of quality. I don’t care if you are self-published or represented by the big six. Editing is a fundamental necessity of publishing. There is no excuse for rushing out your work and then expecting readers like me to pay for your unfiltered and unprepared first draft. I cannot imagine the naivety or arrogance required for anyone to think it’s acceptable for readers to be treated in such a way, much less the written word itself. When a reader points out the lack of editing, that’s not bullying. That’s called criticism. They have every right to get angry about this too because they have certain expectations. Basic spell-checking and correct grammar isn’t a cute accessory to add to your story; it’s one of the foundations of your craft. If you as an author are honestly so offended by people pointing out your basic lack of care over your product then you’re probably in the wrong industry. If you pull your book to correct the mistakes then that’s a good step but you never should have published it in that state to begin with. If you were to go onto Amazon and buy one of their special deal traditionally published books like “Life of Pi” or “Gone Girl” and found it to be littered with mistakes that distracted from the basic reading experience, you wouldn’t shrug and say “Eh, it was only 99c. Big deal.” You would wonder what on earth was going on and why anyone thought this was okay or in any way professional. The title of author comes with these basic guidelines. They’re not mandatory but they are common courtesy. You don’t get to treat your readers, your customers, as your editors. That’s not a privilege I particularly wish to pay for. Reviewers do not serve you. We don’t owe you good reviews, we don’t owe you editing tips, we owe you nothing.