I have really reached my so-called breaking point with people in the publishing industry. Why you might ask? I am so frustrated with the lack of support shown in all aspects of the publishing industry. I have never seen a group of people who are totally unwilling to support and help each other. This has nothing to do with my company or my writers, but after years of trolling through forums and websites and reading reviews in multiple places, I have noticed a trend that I don’t understand. We are in an industry where we don’t support each other in any way, including authors supporting each other.
As a publisher, I know how impersonal we can be with rejections, if we even send one at all. We don’t typically email you with suggestions to better the book, but just send out a form letter like we do to every other rejection (though I try to give individual feedback). So for independent authors, it must feel like trying uphill in mud that won’t let you move. But that’s not it.
We have reviewers who seem to think it is ok to slam an authors work and their writing skills. I have read so many reviews who call authors things like amateur, or their writing is like a high schoolers, to just plain dumb. I don’t mean to sound like an ass, but if you think a story sucks, feel free to get on your computer and write a better one. Instead you write a review bashing everything from the story to the writer. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a bad review that constructively criticizes a book, but reviewers go overboard sometimes. You know what I say, GET A LIFE!
Now about you authors. With all the challenges you already face, I thought that you all would be more supportive of each other. But that’s not the case. You bash each other just as much as the others in the industry. You all should help each other, work with each other to promote and market your product. Offer each other services in which you are experienced. Instead authors seem to get it in their head that they know more about the industry then everyone else, and portray this attitude to fellow authors looking for help. Let me tell you something. I don’t know everything about industry. It changes every day. But get off your high horse and help new authors out. And if I am strolling around websites or forums and see an author bashing another author’s book in way that it not constructive, I will put your name and review on every site I know that authors visit.
We all need to change to make an already cutthroat industry a little easier on authors but that must start with everyone trying to make a little change. Unfortunately, I don’t see it happening any time soon. This is not directed at all authors, publishers or reviewers as many do try to offer their help or constructive criticism, but I see far to many who fall into this category.