Monday, March 21, 2016

Will people who return books stop being dicks?

You have finished reading the book everyone says is amazing it has about three hundred five star reviews but when you finish as a reader the most you can muster up is maybe three stars. Okay, so it wasn't the story of the year for you or even the month that doesn't mean you get to ask for a refund from Amazon. Because here's the most important question-would you do that at Barnes and Noble or any other place you bought a book and it wasn't what you were expecting? Really? You would take your book up to the counter and say please give me back my money for this book, here's my receipt. 

Honestly? I don't believe you would. Amazon with it's big giant blank face that just says hit this and we'll give you your money back in 3-5 days. Not a disapproving librarian looking person asking why you are returning the book with a hint of a sneer. Because yes returning a book you've read is a shitty thing to do.

Seriously, if you return a book you've read you are a dick. Pure and simple. 

I get it, it wasn't quite what you expected but here's the thing you have the ability to read up to twenty percent of the book FOR FREE it gives you the ability to see, are there typos, does the writer's voice sound stilted, is the plot ridiculous? That twenty percent is buyer beware, if after twenty percent you still want to keep reading then you have bought it then you own it. 

If you want to try a book for free, then go get a fucking library card. 

I will say that I don't think refunds should be forbidden I have accidentally hit one click before but it was on a book I did want to read so I said fuck it and kept it. For accidental purchases I'm thinking 48 hours tops after that then no you shouldn't be able to get your money back. 

The same thing with those who read pirated books. Because both things are taking money from a writer's pocket. If you really can't afford something that usually costs less than $5.00 yet provides you with hours of entertainment then again get a library card and stick with those books. Because if you wouldn't do something when someone is watching or in person, don't hide behind the electronic anonymity. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Editing, one size doesn't fit all

Yep, I screwed up and released my initial stuff without paying for an editor and I lost sales because of it, I know it was the wrong thing to do. So I went back and got everything and the new ones were edited before they came out. At the time I used two editors because of schedules and honestly money, the guy could work faster and was cheaper, the other woman I liked but she was squeezing me in and it would take more than two months for all my stuff to be edited. Before I used the guy who had I had been referred to by fantasy with a hint of romance writer. I asked him, if he was okay with editing, romance/erotic stories he said yes. He did his job but now I can honestly say I won't use him again because he might have done the job but he didn't respect my writing and he did the most basic. 

I'm picky, I'll be the first person to admit it. I demand a lot of myself and I expect to get what I pay for whether it's from the clothes I buy to the computer I buy to even the doctor I use. I actually went to six different doctors before I found one where I liked both the doctor as well as the front staff. If you are paying for something, get your money's worth. Sure word of mouth is a great way to find a good editor but if you don't feel the person works well with you then don't use them. The editor I'm waiting to work with is awesome, she really did not just a great job of editing but her suggestions fit my story well and the way I write, because it was clear she wasn't just looking for what I did wrong she was looking to make my story better and I think that's what a good editor is really suppposed to do. 

Don't do what I did, don't release your story without an honest to goodness editor you pay for to edit. But also if you don't feel like you two mix don't be afraid to say so and find another because there are a lot out there, you'll find one that fits you. 

Now am I going to share my editor's no freaking way.