Any author who’s going to survive for very long needs to grow a thick skin, because there are going to be people who don’t like your books. You will get bad reviews, and occasionally even e-mails telling you why they don’t like your work. This can be a positive if they are legitimate complaints that you can learn from. It’s all part of the business. But some people seem to take it a little too personally.
Here’s an e-mail I got yesterday morning. I guess I should be glad it wasn’t a review. Then again, maybe not. It might have sold a few books.
I just finished (gagged) my way through Big Lake, which I had heard so much about. I wanted to stop after the first chapter but kept thinking there must be something to it to have sold so many copies. There wasn’t. Did you write this when you were 10 or 12? Or is it an exercise in how NOT to write a novel? I keep wondering how you conned so many people into buying it and have decided that you didn’t. Either you and Amazon lied about the numbers to drive sales up or else you bought them all yourself. I can’t believe there are that many stupid book buyers in America. Don’t quit your day job. Assuming you could fill out an application and actually get a job!
Geez, who peed in this guy’s Cheerios?
Once I picked up the pieces of my fragile ego I spent some time working on my new book and then had a telephone interview with a representative of CreateSpace, Amazon’s print book division. She asked me about my future book projects, for any suggestions I had on how CreateSpace could help authors succeed, and offered a suggestion or two on ways they might help me with some upcoming projects.
About 4 p.m. we went to Terry’s sister Lisa’s house, and then to dinner with Lisa and her husband, Jim. We introduced them to JM Chinese Restaurant, and like everyone else, they really liked it. After dinner we went back to Lisa and Jim’s for a while, then stopped at Terry’s parents to pick up our mail before coming home.
We were only home a few minutes when the power went out, which it has done several times since we’ve been here. A few days ago I was talking about the problem with Daryl Lawrence from Lawrence RV Accessories, who sells the Electrical Management System. Daryl had suggested that the problem might not actually be with the RV park’s power or our EMS, but with our 50 amp power cord.
I called Greg and he came over to help me try to track down the problem (okay, I held the flashlight and he did the work). The power pedestal showed strong incoming power, so I wiggled the power cord plug at the coach end (not at the pedestal) and the power came back on.
We unplugged it and one terminal of the plug was burned. Greg thinks it probably vibrated loose over time, causing a bad connection, which led to high resistance, which would drop the incoming voltage. Tomorrow when we have daylight we’ll see if we can clean up the contacts. If not I’ll buy a new plug, so Greg can install it. (In case you haven’t noticed it yet, I like having Greg around.)
Thought For The Day – You are the result of four billion years of evolutionary success. Please act like it!