One of my favorite little bathroom books is a quick read called ‘Dear Asshole.’
The authors are Jillian Madison and Michelle Madison.
Before I became an author, I was known well for my ‘Dear Shithead’ letters. When someone gave me this book for my birthday, they knew I would appreciate it.
Dear Shithead, letters never made it to their intended audience as written. Instead of sitting around fuming over the world’s injustices and stupidity, I would take to the keyboard and write. They were probably rants in truth, but they never saw the light of day.
Many, too many of them were directed at my boss, who only had the position as he was a good liar. I think he had pictures of his boss with someone’s wife, but that is another story.
If you need to vent, writing such a letter is an excellent way to do it; just don’t hit send.
Now, on to the reason for this post.
I research a lot of stuff for my writing. Part of that research is to look at what other books are available in that genre. Lastly, I look at the reviews.
Here is some ‘shithead’ advice from someone.
“Just because you can write, does not mean you should.”
I love how people who write shit like this always post under a pseudonym. Firstly, Asshole or Shithead, pick your adjective; you suck.
No, this was not written to me or one of my novels. One day, as there are shitty people who build themselves up by criticizing others, such a comment might be directed at me.
Have you published a book?
It takes guts to write a book, believe in that book, and then put it out there for assholes to write negative shit about. I am perfectly ok with constructive criticism. I welcome it. Any writer should; that is how we improve our craft.
It can cost an easy $1000.00 for an editor to read your book and fix things. Most self-published authors might make $10 the first year. Now, the cover art is another bugaboo in that you can spend $500 on.
One of my author friends spent over $5000 to get her book on the market, and it is just sitting there. In truth, unless you can score an agent or are very rich, it is a tough market. If you can afford to navigate the shark-infested waters of predators, your novel is not going to be up to the quality of one published by Simon and Shuster.
This particular author has it for free on Kindle Unlimited, which is the kind of abuse he is getting.
If you cannot say anything nice, or at least constructive for your free read, keep your mouth shut! That is why people write books like Dear Asshole. You should get that book and read it in front of a mirror. I would wager more than one of those pages will apply to you. Just try to put yourself in someone else’s shoes before you write bullshit poison pen nonsense.
This world needs much more love and a lot fewer assholes!
Ever notice how you might be in line at the store, and everyone is polite. You get in your car, and those same people will run you over while flipping you off. That is the world we live in, and we need to change it.
Whew! For you authors, if you would like constructive criticism as time permits, let me know. With NaNoWriMo in a day or so, my time is limited but, I believe that a rising tide lifts all ships.
I donate a lot of time to local writers groups. That is what I think we all should do. Lift each other up instead of using them as a stepping stone to lift yourself while on their backs.
I know people who will Beta Read for a whopping $20… Can you imagine someone who will do that?
Yes, I have used them.
For you authors, realize that objectivity is not going to be your strength. Also, understand that other authors will give your novel a one-star review because they have written something that competes with yours. Yeah, some people suck!
I ignore one-star reviews, especially if they are under a pseudonym. Let’s face the facts; we give a percentage of the book away for free. If they look inside the cover and buy it for a whopping two dollars after reading some of it, and then give it one star…sorry, that is unbelievable.
I hope you find this post informational and inspirational.
Much Love -TW