I love art.
Especially, I love indie art. I love the spirit behind it, and I love the sassiness of artists breaking off the mainstream, staying true to their visions.
I beta read for friends of mine when I’m able.
I buy indie books, and I’ll be straight with you, I do not have a lot of money. If I get money at Christmas, or for my birthday, I spend it supporting my friends who are indie authors.
I take pictures of their books and post them everywhere, on all my social media.
I add their books to my indie book Pinterest boards.
I shout about them on Twitter.
I review their work on various sites and share the reviews.
I don’t have to do these things, and I know. I know. You didn’t ask me to do it in the first place.
And truly, I expect nothing in return. I really don’t. I don’t expect that you will buy my book because I bought yours, or that you will review mine because I reviewed yours, or anything of the sort. It’s nice if you see it and thank me but it’s certainly not required.
But what I do have an issue with, is this:
Daily messages to ask if I’ve read it yet, if I’ve reviewed it yet. Now? How ’bout now? …now?
I’m doing this to be nice. It is not my job. I’ll be done when I’m done and that is all.
Another thing. If I post a friend’s book and say nice things about it, please do not comment on that post with something like, “Why didn’t you read mine yet?”
Dude. I have LOTS of indie friends. You are not the only one. Comments like that are childish and rude. Wait your turn.
If I’m reading something of yours and you know it, and you’re curious what I think, go ahead and ask me. We’ll talk. That’s fine.
But chronic haranguing, not cool.
I have four kids, and often babysit for family members. I have a regular freelance job with deadlines I must attend to. And, you know…I also write books. I have just come through a difficult holiday season with two family funerals. I’ve got health issues I am dealing with. I am busy with my life and I don’t need to justify that for you.
I won’t stop doing what I’m doing, my little part to support indie artists, especially writers.
I BELIEVE IN YOU. I believe in this movement. I believe in the diversity in art the indie community brings to the table.
I believe in encouraging artists, because we’ve got enough critics already.
But please, do not send me constant, manipulative messages whining about why I haven’t read your book yet. If I said I will do it, I will. If this is done more than a couple of times, I will still read your book but I will move it right down my stack and read it another time, to teach you a lesson about patience.
Instead of the constant focus on yourself, maybe try picking up an indie book by another author, read and review that while you wait for me to finish your book.
Imagine the impact we could have if we all supported one another.
Let’s try it and see what happens.