Welcome back to Book Club Thursday!
This week we are doing...
Our topic is: WTF (things that make us think, what the hell!)
When I first heard we were doing this topic I thought to myself, holy shit do I have a lot to say. I also know I thought about what it would be that I would say. Of course I didn't write it down so here I am with a blank mind. (something that happens way to often. don't laugh!)
I have sometime before this posts but one of things I promised myself last year was that I would try to always be one month ahead. So I'm going to wing it and maybe come back and change what I don't like.
Yeah, like that will happen! Wishful thinking on my part.
So I'm going to break down what I causes me to stop and think to myself, really!!! in the book world.
One of my biggest issues with series is when they are dropped and you do have any reasons why. The author says nothing, the publisher says nothing. Hell, even the book world says nothing.
This drives me crazy! It also makes me not want to read series anymore and believe I'm a series girl. I get that something series even though they are great to me don't mean they are making money. Fine, don't publishes them, but inform us so we know that and story waiting for them.
Another thing I hate is when a series starts out in paperback and then moves on the hardcover. I've got to tell you that I've gotten to a point in my life where I'm done with the hardcovers. I really don't believe romance should ever be in hardcover. If you want a series to be special, do trade size. The thought of spending say $18-$30 on a hardcover only to read it and finish it in a few authors sucks. I get why with general fictions, not as many of those readers buy like we do.
Let's talk websites. This is one that really irritates me. I hate when you go to a authors website and find that it hasn't been updated in six months or longer. No information on what's coming out when we should be seeing it. This really pisses me off with authors that write series. This kinda ties into what I was talking about above.
As a reader I want to know what's going on with the series I love. Hell, I want to know when your next book is coming out even if you don't write series. I personally write down what's come out and when for my notes both for the blog and me personally. I would love to say that I get ARC's of everything I want to read but it doesn't happen that way. I still buy a ton of books a year.
I would also love a excerpt on authors websites. I have to tell you I'm not a fan of 1st person so when I'm forced to read it like I've bought it and didn't know it was that and don't want to waste the money I'm already going into the book with a bad taste in my mouth which I would hope it would but might be reflected in my review. I'm only human.
Lately I've passed on so many new to me authors because I don't know if their books are 1st person or not. Yes, I could email them (more often then not I get no replies at all) or I could reach out to them on Facebook but why should I? Why am I working so hard when I already have a ton of authors to read that I know in what form they write?
For the most part I'm pretty happy with these. I do believe that authors should be using them to keep us more informed. But for the most part that does happen. I know that authors are very busy people and need time to write instead of being on Facebook are other social media networks but they are also selling themselves and need to network with us. It's so easy nowadays to have someone help you ould with Facebook and other social media formats.
Be smart and do so.
Also make sure to not ignore people when they ask you a question. With so many authors out there to buy it's very easy to pass one by because they made you made.
I know as someone who runs a Facebook page for my blog I try very hard to make sure to post at least four to five times a week. I do that and some.
Let's not forget groups. These are great but when the author can't be found anymore it really sucks. Or when they close one down without a word that pisses me off! Yes these are really little things in life but when a big part of your life is about something they aren't so little anymore.
What about you? What's your WTF moments in our book world? Tell me do you agree with what I said or think I'm sweating the small stuff? I'd love to know what you think. As always thank you for visiting and happy reading! ♡
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