So, a lot of you read my post awhile back about Authors that Complain. There was one particular indie author whose books I loved, but she drove me crazy with her negativity on her blog (she basically said she hated her book and only wrote it to please fans and then a week or so later proceeded to complain about the fact that said fans hadn’t bought the book – well, if you tell me you hate it, it dampens my enthusiasm just a little bit!).
But, I am an optimistic person at heart – I like to think the best about people, and I don’t give up on them easily once I’ve formed an attachment. I had enjoyed this author’s books and had really wanted to support her (I’d bought every book she’d released). I wanted to just let her negativity go. I still bought her latest book (the one she hated – no, I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t comment on whether or not her hatred was deserved) and I decided to play it by ear and see how it all went.
Except, here’s the thing. From that point forward, every time I would see an email from her blog, I would cringe a little, wondering if it was going to be ranty or not. I would avoid her social media because I didn’t want to see what she might say next. I wanted news on her latest books, but I started realizing that I was dreading reading anything she put out there. And I started thinking, “What’s the point?” Some of her blog posts I read, but most of them I just skimmed a little. Nothing too scary – I was okay. Until Saturday.
Saturday, we got another rant.
This one was about piracy. And I TOTALLY agree that piracy is a horrible thing, and that it is harmful to authors, and that it completely sucks. Normally, I wouldn’t mind an author ranting about piracy because it’s … well, something actually horrible to rant about. But, somehow, this author always manages to rub me the wrong way with her “woe is me” and her “if only my readers supported my really good books” attitude. She once again points out how she only agreed to write more books in her most popular series because her readers “begged for it” and insists that she simply can’t do it anymore – the pressure of writing these books and fighting the pirates is ruining her mental health … and so on, and so forth.
I’m normally a very sympathetic person, so typically I would feel really sorry for someone under these circumstances. And, actually I did – the first time she ranted about it. But she has threatened to stop writing this series so many times that it’s become laughable – and really annoying. Just don’t write it already! Stop complaining about it!
So, since she was (yet again) announcing that she was abandoning her planned series indefinitely, her post was called “Indefinite Abandonment,” which I just now realized is incredibly ironic since that’s exactly what I did – I abandoned her. Indefinitely. I stopped following her blog, I unliked her FB page, I unfollowed via Twitter. I have decided that I am done with this author. I’m making a clean break.
So, that’s my rant about an author who rants too much (yep, I totally see the irony here). How about you? Have you broken up with an author you wanted to love? Tell me why!