I agree there's a certain amount of gamesmanship that many employ when launching a book. That said, the article sounds like sour grapes. The example books she links to are hardly bestsellers; likely, they're selling one to two books a day.
We have a word for blog posts like this: linkbait.DannyBrown said:But nice to see more established authors on a forum not get all high and mighty and call her out for being a "newbie" who shouldn't talk about things she doesn't know. Oh, wait....
And there are also crooked cops. And crooked lawyers. And crooked pizza shop owners. And crooked accountants. I have no shame in calling out bad behavior, but I don't use the bad behavior of others as an excuse for why my books may or may not be selling. I'm one of the more militant people around here when it comes to author ethics, but there is a world of difference between pushing the industry to do better and whining that crooks are keeping your book from becoming a bestseller.There are authors that game the system.
No, "crappy" books don't impact quality books. I don't assume readers are idiots. Readers know what they like, and just because they aren't buying your book doesn't mean some crappy book is keeping you from being discovered. It just means a book you don't like has found an audience. Hey, I personally think 50 Shades of Gray is crap...but I also don't think that book keeps my books from being discovered and I don't think it means the author was gaming the system. I just think it means a lot of people like Twilight erotic fan fiction.There are crappy books that push quality tomes out.
If you are going to be blunt, you can't be surprised when people are blunt right back at you. Particularly when those people have a ton more experience in the industry and know linkbaiting when they see it.typically blunt Australian point-of-view on something few people talk honestly about.
I'm stuck with fish and red beans and rice. I didn't even buy any soups with chicken. I'm a sad little puppet.Lydniz said:Mmm...chicken...
Seriously, when are the mods going to add a like button.This'll end well.
Hopefully never.C. Gockel said:Seriously, when are the mods going to add a like button.
People ... don't click the link.