I admit it. I’m new to the indie game. So new in fact I haven’t even published anything yet.
But I’m learning, reading everything I can find. Blogs, Facebook groups, ebooks. I have a game plan in place for when I finish my first and second books that will most likely become my model for future books as well. But I’m not looking past the first two because the market is changing to quickly to predict what it will do a year from now.
Today I read an interesting blog by Kai Wilson (Kai’s blog post) and it reminded me of a recent incident.
If you recall last week I posted about a lady in one of my writing groups that asked for help editing her work. I never posted her reaction to the responses she got because it wasn’t relevant at the time. This group allows for comments to be sent privately to posters as well as to everyone in the group. Apparently one of the private responses triggered her to post a rant about how it was apparent the group wasn’t for her, she was told she’d never be a writer and she quit the group in a huff. I’m assuming it was a private response that upset her because the public ones were benign and full of helpful advice on how to overcome her problem.
After she blew up and accused the group of crushing her dreams of providing extra care for her son, I thought she never would have been able to handle proper critique of her work if an email about editing had that effect on her. She’d have been like the people in Kai’s blog, stalking people and getting all her friends to post negative things.
And while I mourn that she’s (apparently) given up on her dreams of writing the next Great American Novel, I can’t help but think it’s probably best in the end.