Sometimes you really gotta wonder what the hell’s it all about. Are you fighting the good fight or just tilting at windmills.
Over on Amazon there’s a forum thread called Badly Behaving Authors- highlighting the shenanigans and foolishness of those who seek to make you buy their books by any means necessary… unless you don’t like their book, which only goes to prove you bought it under your mommy’s account and you shouldn’t have read it since it didn’t have any pictures in it. Or you’ve got some axe to grind against an author you’ve never heard of before and subsequently swore an oath on your grandfather’s grave to do whatever it took to bring their fledgling writing career crashing down around their ears. Because.
A frequent mention in that thread has been Jessica Park, author and BFF of Jamie McGuire. McGuire’s biggest claim to infamy is not the book she wrote, Beautiful Disaster, but her responses to anyone who didn’t fawn and gush over her Great American Novel. Particularly in the aftermath of pumping Beautiful Disaster as a YA novel on Goodreads to garner extra attention and awards, only to quickly disavow any knowledge of doing so when called out about it on Amazon. Park, like any trusty sidekick and comedy relief, was quick to join in dismissing the hard evidence of McGuire’s complicity. It’s like the two of them are conjoined twins or something.
Park’s history of histrionics against critical reviews is well documented across the web as a shining example of a Badly Behaving Author, the kind of thing Amazon itself claims to decry and openly admits to relying upon a vigilant customer base to help cull. So what wondrous surprise greets you when logging on to your Amazon account today…? (Raise your hand if you can see it coming)
“Did I cry over some of these rejections? Absolutely. Did I feel inadequate, untalented, hurt? Yes. Did I doubt my ability to craft a story that readers could fall in love with? You bet.”
That’s Jessica Park, who hit road block after road block trying to get her book Flat-Out Love in front of readers. You can read her incredible blog post on IndieReader (also picked up by HuffPost) detailing her perseverance and how she finally succeeded by doing it herself with Kindle Direct Publishing. It’s heartwarming and tells a powerful story about what KDP makes possible.
Kindle Direct Publishing empowers serious authors to reach readers, build a following, make a living, and to do it on their own terms. Readers get lower prices, authors get higher royalties, and we all get a more diverse book culture (no expert gatekeepers saying “sorry but that will never work”). KDP is already meaningful–22 of our top 100 best-selling Kindle books so far this year are KDP books–and more great stories are being published every day.
You can find Flat-Out Love here. Thanks for being a customer.
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Yep; signed, sealed & delivered by the CEO of Amazon, a blue ribbon for one the worst behaved out there. Not that I’m so naive that I think Bezos is even marginally aware of Jessica Park’s existence and that this wasn’t entirely the purview of the marketing department. It just really grates to see such bad behavior shamelessly rewarded despite the efforts of so many diligent folk to keep things honest. And as my buddy Teacher Mommy said on Ammy: “On what planet would a BBA who is using those techniques to THAT level of success think about stopping?”
Truly. The windmills are getting larger all the time.