A Good Question

(FRAUD: a person or thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities:) – ACTUAL definition.

Firstly I would like to thank the messages of support I have receiHow Far Would You Goved after my post “How far would you go?” Went out yesterday. I was grateful but wasn’t sure why they were necessary until I discovered the below.

“* I would like to add that after posting another blog post called “How far would you go?” Was published, also supporting the previous article mentioned. My question to you is, if you need to pull apart the mystery to justify someone’s success, how far will you go?”

This was taken from an article titled “It Isnt Shit Talk Thursday, but I needed to talk”. 90% of the article was in response to the same article I was inspired by, so I’ll shift that to the side. I honestly had no intent to use this format to engage in a running battle, and still don’t. But I have been called. I will answer.

Let me get this out of the way, right now. To those authors that have taken offense to my post and what was inside it, I have absolutely no personal problem with you. You seem to have with me, as I have been blocked by one or two. Even though I named no one, some took it upon themselves to take it that I meant them. You know who you are, and now? So do I. A great saying is “Only fake people get mad when you post real shit”. I have absolutely no issue with indie authors using various means to get ahead. Good on them. Honesty is a grey area when it comes to pen names etc. I get that. One of these days I might write erotica, and if that does happen I might write under a pen name. This to not confuse my readers as to what they will be getting. Nothing more, nothing less.

I have actually read a book by one of these authors and found it absolutely horrendous. The sex scenes were cringe worthy. The characters were cardboard cut outs. Dialogue completely overdone with efforts made to emphasize masculine power. Yet this was all done with minimal thought or skill. However, this was my opinion. I will not name the book, the author and I will not review it. I simply wanted to see for myself if my theory was correct. It was.

In answer to the question above, this far. This is how far I go. I have used the machine of social media to express an opinion. A shocking new age turn, no? I do not feel the need to pull apart the mystery to justify someone’s success. There is no mystery. It is plain to see. I lie has been told and believed. That lie is now growing like a bulbous, infected cancer. Infecting those that are still trying to move away from the stench. Let me say that if creating a fake persona and writing terrible books that still sold like hot cakes was their only crime, I wouldn’t be writing this.

I have authors on social media I am proud to say are friends of mine that have been damaged by these other ‘frauds’. Do I mean financially? Yes and no. These authors do not write in the same genre, so the frauds are not taking fans away from them. What I mean is by getting blocked and harassed, reported and punished for doing what they love to do. Write and talk to people. Some have never even interacted with said frauds yet are being cast down by fake accounts. Meaning they cannot post, do a takeover, interact with their fans JUST because they dared post a teaser at the same time as the frauds. This hurts their careers and punishes those fans that want to know them. The REAL them. Not what they wish they were. Why should the frauds care? They shouldn’t. They are getting paid right? It just means they’ve brought the articles over the last few days upon themselves. They wont stop. More are coming. More and more indie authors are taking notice and more will as the days go on. The more of a name for yourself you make, the more authors you cast down, the bigger the response will be. Please think very carefully if you wish to continue this ridiculous “poor me” show. The majority of their readers will stand by them. When the truth is known about you, can you say the same? How you get your readers is how you keep them. know for a fact that my readers will stand behind me because I trust them enough to be honest. They know who I am, what I write and what I stand for. They either like it or they don’t. Thankfully the majority love it.

My philosophy in this industry is “help yourself don’t hurt the other guy”. It seems the frauds do not share this opinion. We need to stand together as authors to help each other. NOT to bring everyone else down just so you can rise. The frauds do not have to reveal who they are. The observant already know, it’s not hard. What I implore them to do, is direct their fake accounts to promote themselves not harass other authors. But as they saying goes, you can lead a horse to water…

To finish, I’d like to tell you a story.

A pheasant was standing in a field chatting with a bull.

“I would love to be able to get to the top of yonder tree,”  sighed the pheasant, “but I haven’t got the energy.”

Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?” replied the bull. “They’re packed with nutrients.”

The pheasant pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. And so on. Finally, after a fourth night, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. This was when he was spotted by a farmer who dashed into the farmhouse, emerged with a shotgun, and shot the pheasant right out of the tree. 

Moral of the story: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there.

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How Far Would You Go?

I’ve seen a few blog posts/opinions about this particular subject, so I thought I’d throw my two cents worth in. As an Indie author, I’m proud to say that today it is far easier to embrace ones dream of writing a novel.

In the last ten or so years the Indie Community has come on in leaps and bounds, providing the millions upon millions of readers in the world with at least an alternative set of stories and ideas than what they are used to with traditional authors. We are not bound by any publishers rules, we are free to write what we want for the most part. No one tells us what we should put down and this is both a great thing and a crippling thing. The readers we want to reach do not know what they will get with us. Again, this carries pros and cons.

Recently though it has come to my attention of something that truly infuriates me. The one thing we have strived for so long in those ten years is respect. That we deserve a place among the readers as viable options. That we are who we are. What you see is what you get. Sure, there are pen names used, that’s expected and understood. But where things start to get ugly, and downright dirty is the act of lying to readers. Deliberately hiding behind social media, tricking gullible readers that an author is something they aren’t. This includes using pictures of models as your author profile picture, giving the readers an idea that this is an accurate representation of you. If you are a balding, middle aged man yet have an image of a sculpted male sufer with rippling abs, you might as well be a woman and pretend you’re a man or a set of brothers. The end result is the same.

You are mocking the indie community. And its readers. You clearly have no faith in your writing ability, so leave it to cheap tactics to draw attention to yourself. The questions will come, like ‘when will you go live’, ‘when will we get some pictures’, ‘when will you do a signing’. These are all things Indie authors do because we want to be taken seriously. We put everything we have into what we do, all we ask is that the readers give us a chance. If you don’t like what we write, at least you gave it a shot.

If the only reason you picked up our books is because you believed our profile pic (the  one with the G-string and big titties) we all better hope the writing is worth the money paid. History tells us that anyone promoting themselves with a particular aspect like, keeping up the mystery of what they look like by deflection, having to have fake accounts be made to support them are not interested in writing or entertaining. They want attention and money. They are what is wrong with the Indie Community and they need to be weeded out.

From one reader to another, I beg of you. If the author/s you’re interested in are deflecting your questions, they are not selling you a story. They are selling you a lie. They do not care about you, whether you follow them or not. They want your compliments, and will laugh at you when they are not online that you are buying into their bullshit with your hard earned. You could be a running joke that only their friends are in on. Please choose your authors carefully. We are out there, and would love to meet you. Go live and say hello. Take selfies with you. Simply say thanks in person if we can. You mean the world to us. Please, find us. If you simply ask a question and get a flippy answer, you have the right to think there is something shifty. If so, turn your back. We are trying our best to find them all and expose them, because they hurt every one of us.