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.

5 comments:

  1. Unfortunately, I've experienced the same things, Gail. It's frustrating and puts me in a bad mood and it honestly makes it harder to focus on writing. Some people are going to complain no matter what you do. I definitely feel for you! If only there was a button that could filter out that kind of crap.

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  2. Same here. I just got a 1-star review on the first book in my most popular series (which sells for .99) saying it was "just hype" to get people to buy more. Well, doh! The bullies and trolls are everywhere!!!

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    1. Kathleen I agree! No matter what career you're in these kind of people are everywhere. Fortunately the encouraging ones outnumber the bad ones!

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  3. I'm on Wattpad but don't comment there much (yet). (I'm still building my base because I'd like to publish there.) I did read your story Dream Walkers and wanted to congratulate you on getting a publishing opportunity for it, but I also thought I'd comment on this post as it's my first time visiting your blog.

    I think the majority of readers on Wattpad aren't as interested in finding and purchasing good books. They're more interested in the sensational that they can get for free on Wattpad, and if it so happens that you're an excellent author who can make money selling books (either traditionally or via self-publishing), it will immediately cause a stir when the book is removed from Wattpad and your fans because they don't want to have to pay for good reading material.

    I also think in a way that websites like Wattpad make that kind of bullying easier simply because of the anonymity of the web. So in a sense, it eases the guilt a person would normally feel for being pushy and demanding a good product for free when that product has taken time and investment to produce.

    That said, as a hopeful author with the intent of someday publishing myself, I wish you all the luck in the world! I'd definitely be interested in getting a copy of Dream Walkers when it comes out since I enjoyed it greatly. :)

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  4. I think the internet in general gives people the feeling they can say whatever they want. Too many people get nasty and say things they would never say in person...I'm sure some would say those things to your face, but thankfully most people aren't like that. Thanks for stopping by and good luck on your writing! :)

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