I was actually a little insulted NOT to be on this list.
My name never seems to come up in controversy. But controversy is really good advertising. They say bad media is still good media. So why wasn’t my name being slandered?
As it was said, the authors on this list had paid for reviews at one time or another.
When I read that, I was actually relieved not to be on the list. Some of these claims were untrue, though. Not all the authors had paid for reviews, and it’s not uncommon for an author to give away a free copy of their book in exchange for a review. There is nothing wrong with this. There are companies that accept payment for an honest review, and there are many authors who, in the early days of publication, indulge in this service to help boots ratings.
Personally, I do not have a problem with this at all. I don't feel as though it is unfair and I don't feel as though everyone should get their panties in a knot over it.
Having said this, I never felt the need to pay for reviews. I always wanted only honest reviews on my books. Even my family weren’t allowed to leave reviews unless they’d read the book. That brings it down to one person. And my husband. Only a very small handful of my friends have even read it, and I don’t think any of them left reviews, that I know of.
The thing is, newbie authors, if your book is good enough, you don’t need to pay for reviews. Let it stand out there on its own two feet and see what happens. If you get a lot of bad reviews, or maybe no reviews, maybe it’s time to reassess. I can’t tell you how many times I drew my books back in for a much-needed go-over (and this doesn't mean you're a failure. It means you're capable of learning). I had only 15 bad reviews on my book when it was Tears of the Broken, and over a 150 five-star reviews.
So why did I feel the need to listen to the negatives?
Because I got really upset over what some readers said. But the reason I got upset was because, deep inside, I agreed with them. They were like the boyfriend you realise you’re going to marry--the one who can see right through your facade.
So, the books came back in, were reworked and rereleased, and now I have more one-star reviews than I did before (30, to be exact). But of those reviews, they’re not saying the things they used to. Now, it’s all about Ara, basically. Some people don’t like her. And I’m fine with that. She creates a world of controversy all of her own, and that is the greatest achievement for an author. So, my negative reviews are actually all positives. And, as a plus, most people say in these negative reviews that the writing is brilliant and poetic, but the character is a whiney little brat.
Sweet. That’s awesome. That’s just what a writer wants to hear. It’s not my writing you don’t like. It’s my character. How can anyone possibly take insult to that? You can’t. And if you do (and I say this with love), you might need to get a backbone, or consider that you’re in the wrong profession.
My name never comes up in topics of controversy, e.g.; “Authors behaving badly” or any other such trending subjects, but this is because, even when I see bad/nasty reviews of my books, I conduct myself in a professional but also ultimately kind manner. Everyone has an opinion. And everyone’s opinion is fascinating to me. It’s like my own world of human behavioural research.
So my insult over not being one of the named authors died down. I was mainly only insulted because, at times, I feel like I don’t have a very good internet presence, but that’s not true. Nearly everyone has, at one point, heard of me before, or heard of my books. But in the wait for Worldwide Domination, not being mentioned in a controversial post can make you feel like you’re living under a rock and no one knows your name.
Now, if I said “Ara”, that would create a whole world of controversy and bad media. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want anyone to start a rumor thread about me. Ha ha ha ha. And I don’t actually want bad media. But when a list of indie authors went around and I wasn’t on it, I did start to wonder if maybe I should raise a little hell.
But I think I’ll stick to just being me. That’s the safest thing you can be as an author.