Monday, September 15, 2014
My mind is at the end of its tether. Thank you HG Wells for putting how I feel so succinctly.
I was laying in bed last night long after midnite trying to finish a book that I need to do a write up on soon, and all I could think of was how many potentially excellent books I have in my library that are just sitting there unread waiting for me. So I came to the conclusion that as nice as it may be (in most cases) to read a book before its release date, and as much as I want to help support indie authors & publishing houses, after I finish with all of the books I've said I would read, I am just done. It is very cool to have my hands on a book sometimes months before it's published, but enough is enough. I keep watching the UPS guy and the postal person delivering new orders to my door only to have to put them away for later. And then I respond to review requests and later becomes even more later, while all the while even more books are piling up. It's enough to drive a person effing insane. The freebies are no longer worth it. I will, however, make a couple of exceptions for people I enjoy working with.
I mean, seriously -- if it's a book I want enough to say yes to a pre-pub review request, I'll probably buy it anyway. And then there's this: a majority of the time I bust my butt to get the book read & posted on time, and then what? Where's the freakin' publisher saying "thanks for the review" if it's a good one, or "hey, sorry you didn't like it" once it's posted? I mean, sometimes I feel like a tool and I'm so done with that. And god forbid you should tweet to an author about how much you enjoyed his or her book -- there have only been a couple from whom I've heard anything back. It's not like I want to be the author's best friend, and I don't need twitter followers, but I mean seriously -- I take the time to help with publicity for a book he or she has written, and not hear even a freakin' thank you?
The word "no" is soon to be a major staple of my vocabulary. I've know I've done this to myself, but enough is just enough. As soon as I have fulfilled my obligations, I'm done.