One of my favorite hobbies includes climbing onto the female’s desk and trying to steal things. I do this approximately two or three times a month, after giving sufficient time to lower her defenses.
How annoying I am about it is directly related to how hungry I am when I stage my assault of her professional life.
We are supposed to be recommending a book today, but we’re really tired, and our brain keeps going bwuh? bwuh? What are books? Why we book?
The female is proofreading The Run Around. Proofreading transforms her brain into mush. Poor female. You might survive. Maybe.
The female is surviving. Bonds will be on sale for $0.99 next week. If you haven’t followed Susan Copperfield on Bookbub yet, now is a good time. They will notify you when the book is on sale!
Quoth the Female: “Dah! They changed wordpress!”
Female, calm yourself. It’s fine. They made the one button easier for you to reach. Change will not kill you.
Quoth the Female: “It really might today.”
Stop being a baby, female.
The next chapter of The House Lost at Sea is up in the Fantasy Worlds of RJ Blain facebook group in case you missed it. We’re about halfway through the novel now. We hope you’re enjoying it.
Now the female has to get into the book trenches, as losing a large chunk of yesterday to stress and anxiety thanks to some ‘helpful’ reader reporting typos got a quality flag added. And the very ‘helpful’ reader neglected to understand or comprehend regionalisms and their uses in dialogue.
(The Furred & Frond Management is really unhappy that Amazon flagged a book for severe quality errors over 14 typos in a 150,000 ish word novel. And 3 or 4 of those ‘errors’ weren’t even errors. It was a reader who had zero business trying to dictate writing style of dialect poking his or her nose where it didn’t belong.)
Yeah. How to upset an author in one easy step.
In case you didn’t know, Amazon dictates the changes that they want the authors to make before they will remove the quality flags. The female appealed to have the dialect usage ‘errors’ removed along with the flag.
We understand you’re probably trying to be helpful, but please don’t bring Amazon into this sort of thing.
Amazon is draconian. You may have meant to report errors with the best of intentions, but you ultimately do a lot of damage to the authors you supposedly like to read.
The female would like to have that tool removed from the planet–and have a nice little label of “As you feel this book is full of errors, to ensure customer satisfaction, we have barred you from purchasing any other titles by this author.”
That is the female being really upset over having lost an entire day of work yesterday due to a ‘helpful’ reader.
She really does kind of hope they implement that button, though. It would make her life so much easier. (Books are not to be written or edited by committee. Period. The female automatically discards suggestions on what she should write by default because if she DOES use something suggested, she is opening herself to a lawsuit. She will accept yes/no answers for “Would you be interested in this?” but the instant a reader starts giving ideas for a story, that is how the story just never gets written.
She does not want to be sued or bothered by someone who feels their idea given online gives them any form of entitlement to the resulting story.
(So, please don’t come to the female with your ideas. If you would like to write a book in your own world with your own ideas, please do so–but don’t ask the female to write your ideas.)
In conclusion, if typos bothers you that much, the female’s books may not be for you. But unless she starts charging $15 a book to justify paying even more staff… you’re getting the female’s best efforts with the paid staff she can afford. And at $5.99 a book, that is typically two paid editors and a team of volunteers who also help locate and destroy typos.
She needs to put food on the table and pay her rent, and $5.99 a copy only goes so far.
And her staff always gets paid first. Always.