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13 absurdities that frustrate every indie author

This is a vent post. I’ve been observing the absurdity in the publishing world for years, and today, I just needed to complain about it. This is the list of phenomena in the publishing world that I just can’t comprehend.

Absurdity no. 1: REVIEWS FROM NOWHERE

Books without reviews won’t sell, but the team author + family + friends isn’t allowed to review the book because the reviews might be biased. For the same reason, buying book reviews isn’t allowed either. Goodreads is one of the greatest book forums, but they don’t allow sending DMs in which the author or the representatives ask for reviews. Then… How is the author supposed to get reviews, that will later lure other people?

Absurdity no. 2: PICKY BOOK BLOGGERS

Everyone is talking about book bloggers as the best review source out there. However, many book bloggers aren’t interested either in reading a short story by an indie author that is just starting their career  out there. They prefer reviewing popular books because this will make their blog popular. Book bloggers don’t think about helping indies out there. They are writing reviews for themselves.

Absurdity no. 3: TRASHY BESTSELLERS

People are compaining that bookshops are fully of trashy books. However, those same people will say that they don’t like reading difficult books and want something to relax. They will buy the trashy books they complained about and even purchase movie tickets. They are completely unaware that they are the audience which gets to choose what will be popular and what won’t be popular (exactly like book bloggers).

Absurdity no. 4: GREAT BOOK, THREE STARS

Reviewers write “great book” then give it three stars. What does it mean? That they’d like a threesome with the main characters?! Lol.

Absurdity no. 5: NOT JUST SEX, PLEASE…

After “50 Shades Of Grey,” erotica became a fashionable genre. Thousands of Kindle gold miners decided they would write trashy porn… and discovered that erotica readers are as spoiled as everyone else, and want more drama, more character development and, in short words, not just sex.

Absurdity no. 6: SINCE I’M A STARVING ARTIST, PIRATING BOOKS IS OK

I find it ridiculous when people who declare themselves to be artists, musicians, game developers and movie directors pirate novels under the excuse “I am starving, too”. If we are all fighting to get other people to buy our stuff, we should give a good example.

Absurdity no. 7: THANKS, BUT I CAN’T FOLLOW BACK (YOU KNOW, THE RATIO.)

I never know what to with these people on Twitter. They thank you for the follow, but don’t follow back. Clearly, they are celebrities who don’t want hang out with other unpopular authors. Such a pity. I would continue following them, but my ratio (“reason” in Latin) is telling me that one-sided relationships just aren’t worth it.

Absurdity no. 8: I’LL GIVE YOU 5 STARS (IF YOU EDIT ACCORDING TO MY ADVICE…)

The internet facilitated reader-author connection, and readers have new opportunities to commit faux pas. Since they consider themselves literature gurus, they DM authors, saying that they will give the book a better rating once the author corrects the book according to their advice. Wow.

Absurdity no. 9: AUTHORS HAVE TO BEG TO BE READ

Not only the majority of authors doesn’t earn enough to buy a cup of coffee, but they also have to beg everyone – family, friends, readers – to take a look at their book. And in the worst case scenario, they have to pay to people to read it, or trick them into reading by smart ways. Are our books really so unwanted? If not, then why is everyone making us feel like this?

Absurdity no. 10: INDIE AUTHORS ARE “THE NICE GUYS”

Once, I went to a library and asked them if I could organize an author meet-up in there. They said they’d call, but nobody did. I was in the zone, so I decided to ask again in person. The shop clerk was very rude and said: “well, if you didn’t get any answer that’s already an answer, don’t you think?”. I got upset and cursed the place. Two years later they closed due to financial problems. This paragraph is not about M. R. Foti successfully cursing others, but about the disrespect that indie authors have to face. We work so hard, but there are many people who consider indie authors somewhat worse than traditional authors. This is so upsetting, cause we work so incredibly hard to put our books out there.

Absurdity no. 11: GET AN AD, BUT RESULTS MAY VARY

Lots of blogs will advise you to invest in ads. But when you ask authors if ads worked for them, they’ll always tell you: “the results are never guaranteed, sometimes, it can happen that an ad is completely useless”. If ads doesn’t work, than what will work?

Absurdity no. 12: DUMPING PRICING FOR 1000 WORDS

If you set up reasonable ghost writing prices, it’s difficult to get anything. Why? Because there are thousands of people who will write so much for 1$ only. Dumping prices work for a short while, but in the long run, they are damaging the market. Who will pay 400$ per a novella if they can get it for 40$? The disparities in the world and unequal currency is making normal prices seem ridiculously expensive.

Absurdity no. 13: WRITING AS A PART TIME HOBBY

We live in the digital age. There are millions of webpages out there and they all need new content every single day. Everyone can become a publisher, celebrities want their own books, and there is demand for ghost writers. Yet, everyone tells young authors to treat writing as a part time hobby and not to expect any income. We are taught that our hard work is just a hobby, and that we shouldn’t expect to be paid for it. This is so unfair.

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I’m so sorry for today, guys. I’m just frustrated. If you are frustrated, too, feel free to vent under this post. It’s ok for an author to be angry, and speak about it. Thanks!

Author:

Hi! I am an author. I've published my debut novel in 2015 in Poland ("Dokąd teraz popłynę?"). My main genre is fantasy and magical realism. I often discuss socially difficult topics in my works and try to pass on a message of hope. I am always inspired and I never stop writing. My writing inspirations are Bruno Schulz, Pablo Neruda, Kiran Desai and Haruki Murakami. In my private life I am a polyglot. I believe in the Law Of Attraction and I write about it on UltimateManifester at Wordpress.

One thought on “13 absurdities that frustrate every indie author

  1. It must be so frustrating! I’m still a young writer trying to find her way, but I can see how frustrated indie authors are. (The critique group I attend is composed partly of indie authors.) It’s so good you can put something like this out in the Internet for others to read.

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