Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bullies and Trolls

Okay, so I typically try to keep my mouth shut about most things that annoy me.  The whole "if you don't have something nice to say" adage, and let's be honest, too many people online are bullies or trolls.  I have seen more than my fair share of rudeness online but I have about reached my limit with one particular site (and no it's not Goodreads, which has had more than a little controversy surrounding it recently).

I love Wattpad.  It's a great place to meet people, both authors and readers.  But lately it seems to just be a place where people complain about not getting all their reading material for free.  If it's not good and it's on there, they complain about the quality.  If it is good and it's up there then they complain there isn't more.

One of my novels has been up for almost a year now.  It is the first in a series and it does end on a cliffhanger.  It is not my only series and I have written two other books since then.  I'm currently working on the sequel for it but not a day doesn't go by without someone yelling at me about not being done yet.  I don't know what they think I do all day.  I have three kids, a husband, and all the things that go with that.  Not to mention all the authory things I do.

I have also gotten more than a few comments/messages accusing me of being one of those authors that just want people to go buy their book.  I have to say I was shocked,  How dare I want to make money for something that I've spent countless time and effort on.  I work hard on writing, researching and editing.  I edit a minimum of four to five times, sometimes tossing the entire books and completely rewriting from scratch.

So I ask you.  Why do you think people feel it's so horrible to pay for a good book?  Is it because there are so many self-published (and I AM NOT dissing self-published authors!  I know several AMAZING ones!!) books that are of inferior quality (ie. not editing or well written in general) that the ones that cost more to produce (including the self published ones with paid editors, book jacket artists, etc) are just not as appealing.

Are readers saying they would rather have poorly written, cheap books than great, more expensive literature?  Why do people feel entitled to treat others this way?  Is it just the anonymous internet culture in general or something else?

I'm interested in your opinions.  Particularly any of you that might be on Wattpad.