Self publishing has been a wonderful new adventure for many authors and has given the opportunity to circumvent the query and literary agent quagmire and connect directly with readers. Done well, it works superbly and is the future of publishing. However, there are those who are always ready to ruin a good thing.
Everyday I receive a bundle of emails and messages from either naive, ignorant or just plain dumb authors. The messages always start the same. ‘I’ve seen you have written a lot of books and I want to find out more about them, but I have a new book blah, blah, blah that I’d love you to read.’ Or. ‘I just downlaoded your book. So how about downloading mine too!’ The fact that they downloaded my free ebook and then expect me to pay for theirs is simply a logic beyond belief.
At first I answered some of these politely pointing out the folly of their approach. Then after receiving so many, I just ‘junked’ them for some time. But now, and especially after receiving seven today alone, I’m getting really fed up as I have come to realise that they are the ones directly responsible for casting a dark shadow over self publishing. My conclusion is that if you use crappy book promotion, perhaps your book is crappy too. Out of interest, I took a look at a couple of previews of the books on offer from these creeps. I wish I hadn’t as they were nothing short of garbage.
So at the risk of losing a few followers who may think this approach is cool, I have this message for those so called authors who think the ‘You write such great books, I’m sure you’ll want to buy mine too,’ approach is the way to get reviews and sell books.
I’ve really had enough of your kind and will from now on answer these messages and emails with the above phrase. Minus the polite punctuation.
At the same time I have to say that I buy a lot of books and generally by ‘Indie’ or self-published authors. My Kindle is queued up with a reading list now that is all Indie. So clearly some know how to get their books noticed and bought.
It is worth pointing out too that I have many, many online author friends and am more than willing to help out in any way possible. In fact, without their reciprocal help, I’m not sure I would have got my last five books out. This is the beauty and wonder of the new environment it which we now publish our books. It’s so good in fact, I don’t want these creeps spoiling it for everyone.
Find out more about ‘The Vandal’ aka Derek Haines and his books, on Amazon.