Before I begin, please enjoy this picture of my sister and her paw. She does love to hold the female’s hand. She is very needy.
Okay, now that we have gotten our daily dose of cat picture out of the way, let’s talk about some fun stuff, some not-so-fun stuff, and so on.
The female has been asked by a bunch of nice people this week about how they can help with her new releases. I’ve made a list for your enjoyment. Here it is!
1: Review the book as soon as you’re finished. Truth be told, people are usually far more inclined to write reviews when they are upset that the female didn’t write the book they wanted her to write. If you enjoyed it, please take a few moments to tell other readers why.
In other news, it takes five 5* reviews to counter one 1* review, four 5* reviews to counter one 2* review, and so on. So, yeah. Those negative reviews can really hurt a book.
Add in how generally inclined people are to write reviews when they aren’t happy, and you get authors who seriously question if they want to be bothered moving forward.
Things like “I enjoyed this book because I found the characters to be enjoyable!” is an excellent review. So are things like “While this book wasn’t as funny as I expected, I enjoyed it because whatever reason, whatever reason, whatever reason!”
Don’t overcomplicated it. Just a simple why you liked it in a few words is a-okay!
2: Share the book onto your feed/various social media/with your friends. The link should look something like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XH3NN5V
You can use your mini commentary to your friends about why they should read it as your review. (It’s basically the same thing.)
3: Like/click the ads on Facebook as you see them. It teaches facebook the ads are nice and should be displayed to actual people more often.
4: Go to the book and ‘like/helpful’ the positive reviews you think are meaningful. If a critical review is useful, you can helpful that, too. (Sometimes, the critical reviews help people buy the book.)
That’s about it. But it’s helpful!
That leads me to a gentle reminder that typecasting the author is sad. Yes, she writes clean books. That’s as typecasted as she wishes to be.
Sometimes, she will write hilarious books.
Sometimes, she will write bloody paranormal murder mysteries.
She is not going to write the book you necessarily expect. if you want to read the book you wanted me to write, please write the book yourself. The female writes the types of books she wants to read.
That means she’ll favor certain character tropes over others. She doesn’t like writing alphaholes, so she just skips that general personality trope entirely. She enjoys sassy women, so the women will often be sassy. She enjoys people with twisted morals, because the study of human nature is fascinating.
She is not going to write to your moral compass. Sometimes, she tosses the moral compass right out of the window while exploring what might happen to society if the moral compasses were changed or if history had undergone major evolution.
(This does not mean she supports what she writes. Get over that, humans. Seriously. It’s fiction.)
If the book says “Book one” of a series, the major overlying plot arc will not be resolved. Deal with it. That’s the point of a series. Not to give you a complete package where there’s no point in future books.
Booked for Murder is the first of five books dealing with the murder mystery and schemes established in the first book.
It is complicated. If you skim the book, you’re going to be going back to re-read those little conversations you skipped because you wanted more banter and less murder mystery.
Hint: it’s a murder mystery. It’s complicated. It’s okay if you don’t like playing murder mystery guessing games. by the last book, the entire mystery will be laid out for you, and you will be able to see how the bazillion little clues fall together for its conclusion.
No, Booked for Murder was not rushed. It took the female about six months to write, and if you could please stop making baseless (and rather stupid) assumptions about her writing work, she would appreciate it.
If you don’t like how she writes her books, go write your own books and publish them. Seriously. Or find someone else to read.
The female enjoys writing, but she is not writing explicitly to please you. She’s writing books she wants to read, and she’s opting to invest in those books and share them with you. Yes, this is her career.
No, that doesn’t mean she will be writing books catered to you. Sorry. That’s not how this works.
She is not always going to write hilarious books. She might even write a book with zero humor in it.
She does not like being a one trick pony. If you only want simple plots with fun characters, stick with the Magical Romantic Comedy books. If you like having to look between the lines and think, the Royal States books are more up your alley.
Also, the events in Taken are critical for some future events, particularly in New Waters. So, for the short-sighted readers who haven’t realized how much foundation work is in the book… read it a little closer and take the time to think about the various consequences of what has been discussed and the general events in the book.
It’s subtle. You have to think. if you were expecting to be bludgeoned with it, you’re not reading the right series.
Bludgeoning is a Mag Rom Com thing, not a Royal States thing.
It’s okay if you don’t like the Royal States or the subtlety of some of its titles. It’s okay if you don’t like the offbeat humor in the Mag Rom Com world.
It’s not okay to act like the female owes you anything other than doing her best to write entertaining books.
P.S.: The book’s quality isn’t shit just because you didn’t like the book. You didn’t like the book. Go read something else instead by someone else–and read something you ENJOY.
If you don’t like the female’s books, that’s really okay! Nobody likes everything. That’s the beauty of humans.
The female writes what she wants to read, and she gets tired of writing Mag Rom Coms all the time. The more tired she is of writing Mag Rom Coms, the more offbeat her fun projects, like Booked for Murder, become.
She was very tired of Mag Rom Coms when she was working on Booked for Murder. It was an excellent change of pace, and she enjoys the book very much. She’s been enjoying Runaway (Royal States) because it’s fun and different.
Also, considering there are really only nine major classes of personality types, and she has written 40+ books, yes there will be characters with similar traits… because the female likes writing certain types of books.
Each character has his or her own general playbook the female uses to write them… but she is the one writing the books. She has a style and tone. This is how this works.
It’s easy to keep a style ‘fresh’ when you’ve only written five books. Same with plots, etc.
At this stage in the game? It’s a challenge.
Don’t believe me, humans? Go write forty books and come back when you’re done to share your personal experiences. Seriously. Try it. It’s an adventure. (And it’s very difficult.)
It all boils down to this: if you don’t like the female’s writing… go find an author you will enjoy. The female wants her readers to be happy, and if you’re not happy, just quietly go find someone else to read who does make you happy.
And that is meant in kindness, because if you’re not happy with the books… you really should go find another author to read. There are thousands of marvelous authors out there.
Don’t waste your time on books or authors that don’t make you happy. That’s the name of the game, and if enough people don’t like the books the female writes, well… she’ll go find a new job.
And that’s okay.
Happy reading, folks.