Yesterday, Twitter had a trending hashtag for writers all over the world. The hashtag was simply, "Ten Things Not To Say To A Writer."
Famous authors, Indie Authors, Self Pubs, and even journalists flooded the Twitter airwaves to add their comments. Some were hilarious. Some were so awful it was horrifying to think people actually said this to them. But to be honest, I never quite understood the big deal about some of these questions or comments until I myself began being asked. So I thought I would toss out a few insulting comments/questions that myself and other writers are faced with periodically. Some of these are from the Twitter responses yesterday, and some of them are actually my own. :)
I also recommend searching the hashtag on Twitter and reading others' responses as well. It's a vent fest worth reading. haha.
And if you are ever faced with a writer, please be respectful of your questions and how you word them. We are rather sensitive folks sometimes. :)
10. Daniel Dalton @wordsbydan
"Oh you're a writer? My aunt's friend's gardener's plumber is a writer. You should ask them for some advice." #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
9. Jennifer Estep @Jennifer_Estep
"I don't read fantasy books. Only nonfiction. You know, "REAL" books." Newsflash-- they are all "REAL" books." #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
8. Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover
"You're a writer? Oh, I have a GREAT book idea!" (And then proceed to tell us your entire life story.)
7. Shirley Mccann @ shirleymccann
"I don't read fiction. I only read important things. (Actually happened). #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
6. Lily Bailey @LilyBaileyUK
"It must be so nice to have time to write. I'd love to give up work too." #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
5. Kathy Reinhart @KathyReinhart
"People can buy it? Seriously? In a real bookstore?" #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
4. Marti Leimbach @MartiLeimbach
"I wish I had time to write." #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
3. Joanne Harris @joannechocolat
"So, what's your REAL job?" #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
2. Shay Ray Stevens @shayraystevens
"OMG! Fifty Shades of Grey is like... the best book EVER!" #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
1. J.S. Morin @authorjsmorin
"I don't read." (*shudder*) #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
I hope you enjoyed some of these as much as I did. I relate with them. And though some people may not see them as rude or insulting, sometimes it comes across as cringe worthy. But hey, now people know, and hopefully future comments will be better. haha. I seriously laughed out loud at some of these though. There are so many great ones. And unfortunately, writers have heard them ALL! haha.
Here are a few personal ones that have been said to me.
"I'll just wait until you give it away for free on Kindle." (Ummm.... thanks for the support and confidence.)
"I've always wanted to write a book. It's obviously not rocket science. I mean if you can do it..."
(Gee... thanks. You're right, I don't work hard. It's cool. You think i'm dumb. I get it. Thanks.)
"$2.99 is kind of expensive for an ebook isn't it? I mean, it didn't cost anything to make right?"
(Um. False. It does cost money. Quite a bit actually. And please, toss out the $7 Starbucks drink before you say this to me.)
"It must be nice to have a husband that pays for you to just sit at home and write."
(Um. No. Brad does not pay for any of my publishing/book stuff. My sales do. He hasn't even read my book for crying out loud.)
"Can I be in your next book?"
(No. The answer will always be no. Sorry.)
"So how many books have you sold?"
(Strangers: This is the equivalent to asking a heart surgeon how much he makes in a year... some questions are better left unasked.)
"You should really try to advertise more, because I haven't heard of you."
(Um... I do advertise. Perhaps you aren't my target audience.... hmmmm....)
These are just a few of the awesome comments I've received over the last few months. I love hearing from my readers, and I love talking with my readers. For the most part, these type of comments or questions do not come from my actual readers but by passersby at festivals or book signings. Though a few have come from friends as well. However, as a writer, we smile and nod and in our heads are thinking, "They just don't understand all the work involved. It's okay."
And it is okay. We get it. A.) Not everyone is going to like what we write. B.) Not everyone knows the intense amount of money or work involved in writing a book. And C.) Not everyone knows how to talk to someone who can create mystical worlds and random people inside their head. haha.
So with a little insight now, hopefully, you know what questions to ask vs. those that might be better left in your brain. :)
And I am thankful that we can make the task of writing a book look easy for you. If you are one of the few people who are seriously considering writing a book of your own, we welcome your questions and comments. I personally love helping new writers and authors learn the business. And that's what it is: A business. Just like any other profession you have to learn the ins and outs. So please reach out to me if you are needing some guidance or just want some advice or just want someone to talk to about taking that final leap. We fellow writers suffered through comments and questions like those listed above so that perhaps we will have the advice for newbies like yourself. :)
Thanks everyone. :)
Hope you laughed a little bit today. :)
My goodness! I think I may be the lamest person ever! It has been almost a month since my last post. I am terribly sorry! On the bright side, I have been busy writing... just not on here. :) So let me give you an update on what all has been going on, and I might possibly leave you with a few snippets from book 2. :)
I started off the month of June with a book signing at a local bank. :) It was fun and of course, I got to meet several new readers which is always a bonus.
One thing I love doing is book signings! While it helps spread the word about my book it also gives me an opportunity to see who my audience is in person. That in itself makes you all more real to me. I know who I am writing for now. And I must say, you guys are a great looking bunch. :)
I have also been working on Part Two in The Unfading Lands Trilogy. If I said this task was easy, I would be lying. It is quite daunting. I committed myself to the goal of having my first draft finished by the end of July. Doable? Yes. Struggling? Yes. Why? Because for some odd reason I have not liked anything I've written since May. Blaaaaaahhhhh! So what was my solution? Toss it out! So I have started over on what I previously had written, and you know what? It's been pretty smooth sailing thus far. Yay! I think my section readers had almost given up on me. haha.
But thankfully Book 2 is underway.
On top of writing the book, there's more that is being done as well. The cover is currently being designed. (And boy does it look fantastic) Finalizations on the cover will not be completed once I know the dimensions of my book, but the image is looking awesome.
Marketing materials are being designed and printed. Giveaway items are being ordered. And bookings for promotions are being set. The release date is scheduled for the first week of November, so why am I already starting on all of these other projects??? Because everything goes hand in hand. I gave myself 6 months to write and produce book 2... though that may seem like a long time for the reader, for the writer it's a bit overzealous. It is hard work to move the process along that quickly, especially if you end up scrapping your original draft. :/ But no worries, I'm determined. :) November is still my target release and so far, I think I am still on target.
Currently, I am also trying to build up my audience. I am still working at getting The Unfading Lands book 1 into as many hands as possible! I'm building up my email list, I'm building up my Facebook following, and I'm building up my Twitter following as well. All of which will only help book 2 kick off with a bang. :) So.... if you have not shared the news about book 1 yet, please tell your friends! Let's get that sucker read!!!! :)
Thank you all for being patient with me as I have neglected my blog. I assure you I will do better. :) And I assure you I will give you book 2 snippets. :)
Book Two Preview:
Copyright 2015 by Katharine E. Hamilton
May not be used without permission from the author of this work.
Alayna crumbled the parchment in her hand and tossed it over her shoulder adding to the small pile that now sat behind her on the green grass in Elizabeth’s clearing. She had come to pen a letter to Edward, but not having seen her brother in five years had made the task quite difficult. Despite her knowledge of his letters to Elizabeth and his interactions with Prince Clifton, she found herself speechless. She stared across the boundary line and studied the Land of Unfading Beauty. Other than the sheer fog that encircled the mystical land, there were no signs pointing to its differences. She picked up a rock and tossed it as hard as she could through the veil and watched as it landed on the other side with no theatrics. She frowned. Had she hoped for there to be some sort of response? Yes. Yet she found herself slightly comforted that there had not been one as well.
Sighing, she shelved her chin in her hand as she rested her elbow on her knee. This must have been the stump her father had sat upon. And Elizabeth, she thought. A good thinking spot, she concluded. Though the Rollings River rushed by to her right and the leaves rustled overhead, the clearing held a peaceful tranquility that she had not experienced in quite some time. Her thoughts were interrupted as she spotted a movement in her peripherals. A blonde head emerged on the other side of the boundary. A woman, not much older than Alayna had stepped forward and lifted a delicate hand in hello. Alayna stood slowly, her steps measured as she slowly walked towards the boundary line. The woman’s face lit into a smile as she curtsied. She then held up a piece of folded parchment. Her gaze fluttered around the ground and she smiled as she spotted a small rabbit feasting in the clovers. Thatcher, Alayna thought. The woman tied the letter to the rabbit’s neck and nudged it across the boundary line motioning for Alayna to retrieve her correspondence. Reaching down and gathering the downy furred animal, Alayna unfolded the letter.
My name is Cecilia. I know you must have come to this clearing to see Edward, but I fear I must disappoint you. Edward is currently detained in Lancer’s castle. He sent word to me just this morning that he is fine and well, but that his presence is needed there. Lancer is having quite a difficult time with his decrease in power. Edward worries he may attempt an attack of some sort, so he remains there to persuade otherwise. Have you news from the Realm?
Alayna glanced up and watched as the delicate blonde sat on a tree log and anxiously wound her hands in her lap. Alayna hurriedly responded and sent Thatcher back over the line. Cecilia scooped up the small rabbit and began to read.
I must say it is nice to put a face with a name. I have heard much about you. I am Alayna, Edward’s sister. I am sure he has told you about me. I came to the clearing today to hopefully see him. It seems most everyone else has, but me. That aside, I wished to discuss military matters with him, but I suppose those can wait. In your letter you speak of Lancer’s power decreasing. How so? And how did it happen? I must admit I am quite surprised to hear that considering the boundary line still holds strong in all of our kingdoms.
Alayna watched as Cecilia began to respond, her head popping up and tilting to the side as if she heard something. She quickly nudged Thatcher across the boundary line and darted into the trees. Alayna watched as two men on regal horses patrolled the line. One man, dressed in red and gold, and the other a typical guard’s armor. She watched as their eyes swept over the clearing on the other side and then glanced towards her. She stood straight, chin held high. The royal man dismounted and a slow smile spread over his lips as his eyes surveyed her attire. He bowed. He was a handsome man. Dark hair and bright eyes with a radiant smile. She returned it and curtsied in response, the action making his smile grow even wider. She noticed the lines around his eyes and mouth were friendly, yet strained. As if he had not slept for days. His eyes held slight relief as he gazed upon her. He motioned her towards the boundary line and she stepped closer. She felt a slight hum of energy tease her toes, and she stepped back again. He reached into his tunic pocket and withdrew a small knife. He walked over to a small thicket and cut several blooms. He then lightly kissed one of the rose buds before lightly tossing them through the veil. Alayna bent to pick them up. As soon as she did, they turned black as night and deteriorated in her hand and fell in crumbles to the ground. She glanced up to see the man laughing as he narrowed a disgusted look upon her. He mounted his horse and then drew his finger over his throat in a slicing manner before he spat on the ground beneath him and turned away. Alayna stood insulted. Her temper flaring to her cheeks, she reached for a rock and tossed it with all her might at his retreating back. It hit her mark, square in the middle of his back, and had him turning around quickly. Venom shot from his eyes as he slapped his reins and quickly galloped towards the boundary veil. His horse lunged at the boundary and Alayna ducked behind the stump for protection, but all she heard was a thunderous clap and witnessed the man flying forcefully off his horse and landing on his back on the other side of the veil. His horse, however, crossed the boundary freely. It came to a halt not far from the line as if confused of its location. Alayna saw the fury engraved upon the man’s face, a man she could only assume as Lancer. She bit back a smile as she slowly made her way to the mare and gently ran her hand down its snout. The man bolted to his feet and stepped as close to the boundary as the veil would allow, his mouth moving in shouts as she took the reins of his horse and began leading it out of the clearing. She tossed one more pleased smirk over her shoulder as she watched him pace in a tantrum on the other side. “It was nice to meet you, Lancer.” She murmured, as she stepped through the trees and out of sight.
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