Sunday, January 8, 2012

Check Out Stacey Turner's Blog Post

http://staceyturner-authorspot.blogspot.com/




Yesterday, Stacey Turner had a post on her blog titled: Are You Really As Good As You Think You Are. It is a very interesting piece and points out some of the good things about Indie publishing and a few that aren't.


Let's cut to the chase: some writers write garbage and expect great reviews from all their friends and peers. As Stacey says, they are sucking up, and people praising crap are sucking up as well in the hopes of getting a mutual admirational society where if I say something good about you, you will say something good about me. This hurts all of us. Honest feedback is what we all need.


Case in point: Blaze. A lot of times people ask me to review or plug their book for them. I always do this gratis, even though they ask if there's anything they can do for me. I don't want anything in return. I will stand on the quality or lack of such with what I write. When I chose the name Blaze McRob, I picked a name that people will remember. If my stories are bad, that name is implanted in their minds. Same thing if it's good. I can't do it alone. I need great editing as we all do, and if someone doesn't care for a story, I'd like to hear about it. Then it's ready to go out.


Stacey talks about no such thing as good enough. She's absolutely right. Honesty, polish, and more polish will lead to sales. Sharing marketing ideas with others and asking for honest feedback from your peers is great. As long as it's honest.


We chose Stacey as our Editor, CEO, and Managing Owner for a number of reasons. Talent, of course, is huge. Another is the fact that even though she respects my work, she will point out what's wrong. I love her editing style, going with story flow and substance first.


The first review we got for "Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls" was not stellar. But there were positives: the reviewer loved three of the stories. I take that as a plus. The rest is a huge learning curve for the team here. I posted a positive statement about a seemingly negative statement. This person was honest. How can I not be happy for that?


As the responses to Stacey's post say, all Five Star reviews are a bit suspicious. So writers: accept reviews in the manner they are intended.


Read Stacey's post. You'll be glad you did.


Blaze

6 comments:

  1. While 5 star reviews are great ego boosters there isn't much anywhere which deserves a true 5 stars, though maybe 4 and 9/10. One man's 5 is another man's 2, it depends on the reader and perception of the material how works are judged. Having said that, I try to strive for the best I can be at that moment and ask for honest feedback. Though I may internally crumble I'd rather put my name, real or pseudo, to a piece which is the best everyone can make it. The learning curve is great, I know, since I've gone back and read earlier works of mine to try to make them better. Ego is a huge thing to conquer since we can't accomplish what we need to without ego. But false ego is detrimental to success because you've built your house of shifting sand and emotions.

    Thanks, Blaze. Good stuff.

    Patricia/E. A. Irwin

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  2. Yes,great post, Blaze. Now I will read Staceys blog.

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  3. You are so right, Patricia! All of the arts are perceptual: writing is no exception. We can only strive to be the best we can be and engage our readers. My ego is not very big, so I don't worry. If I enjoy my tales, I figure someone else might also. If feedback is poor, I've learned something. Not all of King's books are great even. Most I love, but there a few I haven't even bothered to finish because they bored me. Yet, the ones I didn't like were loved by other fans.

    Thanks for responding, my friend!

    Blaze

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  4. Thank you, Cindy. By all means: go and read Stacey's blog!

    Blaze

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  5. Thanks for the post, Blaze! I really expected a lot of negative comments on my blog, but suprisingly they've all been positive. Thankfully, there are quite a few of us who want to be admired for our work, not pandered to.

    Stacey

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  6. I felt this was a must-post over here, Stacey. The only way that Indie authors and Presses will be able to garner a good name is if they put quality work out. After all, the readers are the ones who make a decision. Sloppy work turns them off, not only for that author but for other Indies putting out great work. It's difficult to remove the stigma. We have a great opportunity for writers to forge ahead the way the current publishing scene is changing. Quality work is the only way to jump on the bandwagon of success.

    Blaze

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