Sharing my plans.
Although I’ve noticed a decline in folks checking out this page. Looks like people prefer my raving and ranting to my pushing my work. I’ll try to find a better balance. (I don’t really understand why people think I’m funny when I’m angry.)
The push: get The Scale Tips Dark. Really. It’s a cool book. The 2nd Trials of a Demon Prince, I find it borders between horror and fantasy. I want your opinions. Get it, read it, post a review. Reviews are LIFEBLOOD to authors. There are hundreds of sites that will help you promote your book, but did you know most of them require you to have a certain number of reviews before they’ll touch you?
The rant: So, at a friend’s advice, I joined a FB for adult coloring. Yeah, those coloring books that are now legion in craft stores and Amazon. Mostly, they’re cool. I don’t color because all my time is sucked up with writing, sculpting, and drawing (and for the drawing, I have a preference for black and white, same with my taste in photography). And do you know what? There’s DRAMA on the page! I joined cause I thought, well, hey maybe these folks might like my art, some of it could be colored, and I have no issues if people want to print it out and color it. And I like to get ideas, and just browse and see what others have come up with; some folks have a real talent and eye for color.
DRAMA! Seriously, in the past 2 days, I’ve seen more squabbling and nonsense over shit like recommending one medium over another (brand X pencils versus brand Z crayon blah blah blah)…and the topper…
OMG SOMEONE CRITICIZED MY WORK THEY SED SOMETHING NEGATIVES OH NOS I DELETED MY POST MY FEELINGZ WUR HURT.
(Yeah, I paraphrased. Sue me) Really? You can’t take criticism? I could understand if someone was just tearing your work apart and it bordered on a personal attack (but it’s the internet, and trolls and assholes shall always abide here), but plain old criticism? Like “maybe purple would have worked here” or “here’s a tip to better blend your colors”? Jesus Pleazus, you must be of the “every kid gets a trophy” generation. Criticism helps us grow. Helps us learn. It expands us. It is most often given with intent to help. Given in the right vein, criticism is a tool for growing and communicating and teaching.
Stop being babies and suck it up. And yes, that even means if you don’t like my books, and post a bad review, hey, it’s cool If I’m doing something wrong, I want to know. If it’s just a personal slam, keep it to yourself.
See? I circled back to the sell! HAHAHAAAAAA!