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Things the female is not:
- Capable of withholding important (to her) opinions
- Nice (well, some of the time.)
- Tolerant of livelihood being threatened by anonymous strangers, probably with zero qualifications as an editor
- A machine (The female really, really hates being called a machine. It instantly triggers depression.)
Things the female is:
Things the female has considered the past few days:
- Quitting (because working at the nearby 7-11 seems a lot safer for her health right now, plus it’s walking distance, but with a seriously heightened chance of death from COVID… )
- Finishing current preorders and then disappearing for 2-3 years, writing whatever she wants however she wants, and hoping backlist sales pay the bills (because then she doesn’t have to deal with stuff.)
- Drinking copious amounts of alcohol
- Staying in bed for the rest of eternity
Things the female is not actually doing:
- All of the above
We’re sorry your feelings were hurt because the female is tired, stressed, depressed, and anxious because readers currently have the ability to have her books removed completely from sale thanks to an automated tool Amazon allows readers to use.
We’re sure most of you mean well. There are some typo terrorists out there who are attacking authors because another author has suggested it to remove some competition from the market. You’re probably not one of them, if you are…
That is not okay. Go back to remedial humanity lessons, because they’re needed.
The female has been doing a lot of thinking lately, and tools like this, and the ever changing atmosphere, where readers are in a position to dictate how authors can be creative, if they can be creative, and if their books are even allowed to be sold to others, is distressing.
The female loves to write.
She does not love to write in this current environment.
For now, she is going to continue trucking on, but we do ask for some patience.
She is very tired.
The Inderal only does so much when well-meaning readers are accidentally in a position to have her books removed from sale over two typos in a 125,000 book.
Books are not perfect. They can’t be perfect. They’ll never be perfect.
That is the nature of books.
The female does her best, but she still feels her best will never be good enough. That feeds the depression and the anxiety.
There are enough amazon-exclusive readers she will keep going until her books are pulled from sale because of error reports, after which she’ll likely start rebuilding her resume and looking at a ‘real’ job to pay the bills.
Some battles she can’t win. That’s one of them.
That’s depressing, because she enjoys entertaining people. But she also has an indomitable drive to support her family. And if necessary, that means a minimum-wage job, as a resume of “spent past 5+ years as an author” doesn’t tend to land anybody any decent jobs.
Tomorrow, A Chip on Her Shoulder launches, and truth be told, the female expects the release to flop, because she dared to have an opinion, she dared to get on her high horse because she had her previous latest release threatened to be removed from sale over two typos, and she has opinions.
Yes, we’ve been watching the preorder cancellations across all future titles. We’re aware of your opinions.
That’s life, and she’ll live with it.
Tomorrow will… probably not be a good day.
But she’ll do the best she can.
Now, she has to get back to working on Outfoxed and the Flame Game, but it’s hard right now.
The depression and the anxiety have won this round, and that’s that.