Today we have a guest post by author, Jessica Scott. She has written two contemporary romance novels, titled Because of You and Until There Was You. Please help me welcome Jessica Scott as she shares her wisdom on how we as authors, bloggers and readers can hang in there together in this literary world. Make sure and leave her a comment. :-)
like every other week, there has been a
huge dustup between authors and bloggers or readers and authors or bloggers and
readers. It’s rather sad and depressing because I think - or at least I’d like
to think - that we’re all book people.
I’m an author but I’m a reader first and foremost. Nothing hurts my heart more than picking up a book I thought I’d love and having it lose my interests. But what do I gain by going on Goodreads or Amazon and telling the world how another
author couldn’t write their way out of a paper bag? What I try
to do instead is figure out what didn’t work for me. I don’t need to tear
another author down because, here’s a little secret: we’re all crazy. :-) I don’t
need to make another author crazier by telling people why I didn’t like their
book. Posting something on goodreads is not the same as working with another
author to beta read their stuff.
Constructive criticism vs public flogging. See the difference?
So in the
interest of talking about something positive, let’s talk about what authors,
readers and bloggers can do to work together to build a community around what
we all love: books.
thing we authors need to do is accept that everyone is not going to like our
books. Nora Roberts said it best at RWA 10: Person A is going to love your book
for the same reason Person B is going to want to burn it. Get over it (that was
me not Nora). At the end of the day, don’t try to defend your book. It’s cool
if people enjoy your book. If someone writes a review, feel free to like that
review. But do not, I repeat do not, go on Goodreads, Amazon or any other site
and take on readers.
however, try to interact with your readers. Pick a forum. Pick an venue. But do
something to interact with the people who buy your books. We’re not simply a
means to a sale. We’re all people, looking for good stories to share.
nothing better than finding a book blog that shares what they love about great
books. A blog that helps foster community. If you like an author the best thing
you can do is tell your friends because in the age of noise of scioal networks,
the best way for authors to break out of the pack is to help them be heard.
love an author, write them a note. Not everyone can answer an email but
speaking for myself, when I get an email or a tweet or a facebook post, I do my
best to answer it. It makes my day. Another great way to support your favorite
authors: write a review. if you truly enjoyed a book, tell your friends. Share
the good book awesomeness because ultimately, it’s what my friends tell me
about a book that they enjoyed that makes me pick it up.
Jessica's current book Because of You is available now and her upcoming book, Until There Was You, is available October 8, 2012 and available for pre-order. Jessica is currently running a giveaway on her website for a $25 Amazon gift card and free signed copies of her books. Please stop by and enter TODAY! Click HERE to enter.
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