This is apparently the beginning of a 3-part accidental series of "on reviews and reviewing" here on Thursday Morning Coffee. Consider yourself warned (grin).
Good morning, darlings! Welcome to Thursday Morning Coffee. I've had a lovely couple of days off, but it's back to the grindstone today, as my "weekend to work" apparently starts on Thursday morning. It's been a great week.
News: Out of the Dungeon came out of the Amazon KDP Select program last weekend, so I purchased an AWESOME photo for a new cover to celebrate its exciting return to Smashwords, Nook, Kobo, and iTunes.
So why didn't I enroll Out of the Dungeon in the KDP Select program for another 90 days, you ask? Well, that's a fine question.
The coolest thing for me was the 5 free promotional days. It was so much fun to look at the reports on those days and see 200 or 300 downloads a day - OMG! The book was free those days, so I wasn't making money, but to think that many people will be reading my book - YAY! That is the best!
I don't do this writing books thing for money. I do it primarily for my own entertainment. Publishing is fun because other people get to share my naughty little world. It's not necessary for my happiness, though, and I don't need pats and praise about my work.
Do I like pats and praise? Well, of course I do!
I love book reviewers, and fans, and building "mutual admiration societies" with other writers. I think it's a ball when people follow me on Twitter, or Pinterest, or Goodreads, and I am thrilled every time someone has taken the time to write a review of one of my books.
Love it, love it, love it.
My Books page contains review links for each book - the links go to a pre-dated blog post, and from there are all the links to all the reviews I can find, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
If someone took the time to review my book, I own it, even the less-than-4-star reviews.
It startles me when writers dismiss critical reviews, because how do I know that I'm not getting my job done if people don't tell me? Yes, I have my small circle of crit partners, and for some of my books I've had small press editors and copy editors - but how can I know that I'm really getting the story in my head onto the page correctly without feedback from readers?
I can't. The reviewer who gives me 3 stars and tells me where I screwed up is my friend. Because this is the reader I want to impress next time around. Or this is the reader I keep in mind if I have an opportunity to revise the work.
What have I learned from reviewers?
It was. I pushed myself to finish it before the best ending was solid in my head.
Who cares, right? Can't change it now.
Ahh, but the beauty of the ebook is that I CAN change it. And, at some point, I believe I will.
2) Readers of M/M erotica did NOT care for the F/F and M/F pairings in Out of the Dungeon. Who knew?
Will I change this? It's something to think about, especially considering I just re-read the book on my Kindle. I found way too many typos for my own comfort, so one way or another, I will be revising the manuscript.
But no, I won't be changing the content significantly.
The F/F and M/F pairings are true to the characters in the story. But I do need to add a notation to the product description, so readers will know what to expect.
And readers of M/M erotic romance who have no interest in such pairings (even if the pairings are true to the story) can skip this book.
What? Skip this book? Wait, wait, wait - that doesn't jive with shameless self-promotion. WTF? Didn't I drink the self-promotional Kool-Aid?
Umm. No. I did not. And I won't give up my integrity to gain a reader.
More on this next week, but because I have to work tomorrow, we now move to Thursday Morning Poetry.
Here's a poem written by Jeff in Out of the Dungeon:
The weight of this chain is
Almost more than I can stand
To watch another bend to
The will of my Master's hand.
How can I keep my heart content
While averting desperate eyes
Pretending I am whole and perfect
While keeping fear in fine disguise?
This part of me is dying
That reveled under lock and key
But how can I ask for unhappinessFor the man who is Everything to me?
~Jeff Johnson (Out of the Dungeon)