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I had a meltdown today.

I had a meltdown today. 

Many of you are probably wondering why an author might lose it. What in the world does someone working from home in their PJs have to be upset about? Why should someone who is adored by fans have the gall to get emotional? Why should she cry and rant in her kitchen for a solid twenty minutes as her husband is whipping up the ingredients for deviled eggs that might soothe her savage beast? Why?! 

Because in today’s climate, nothing is good enough. 

Let me repeat that. 

NOTHING IS GOOD ENOUGH. 

Ever.

I’m going to break it down.

Every day, I have multitudes of people telling me to “type faster, " " work harder, " " get off Facebook and write, " " hurry up and publish the next book.” They message/email me with a long list of what they insist are “mistakes” in my manuscript when, in actuality, they might not be. Sure, typos get through, but my grammar choices or style don’t have to align with anyone else’s. I’ll talk more about this later.

Although it might appear flattering to have someone tell me all of that, and it might be coming from a place of eagerness or love on a reader’s side, it’s disheartening and exhausting AF.

Instead of savoring an accomplishment, of taking a moment to be proud of a product it took me MONTHS, a crap-ton of Adderall, and a few thousand dollars to create, I have to set that joy aside and jump straight into the next project. So quickly, in fact, that I don’t have time to put my home to rights. To pay bills, or catch up on laundry, or finish painting my hallway. I am an OCD person who gets overwhelmed and anxious when things aren’t in place. Like full-blown anxiety because I can’t dust a shelf or scan/file papers. Many don’t know, but I haven’t cooked a proper meal in MONTHS. I eat on the run. If it wasn’t for my husband taking over the shopping and cooking, who the hell knows what would happen to me? It feels like I have been tied to a chair and ordered to constantly produce MORE for the insatiable reading monsters people have become. 

When I do fall ill, like I have multiple times this past year, kind people tell me to “take a break.” “Enjoy time with the Hellhounds.” Or even to spend time with my husband, who only gets about 2.5 hours of my broken attention before bedtime. 

Yet, I can’t. I don’t have TIME. I have to write MORE. FASTER.

Please understand I’m not blaming readers for all my issues. A large part of my stress is self-inflicted, and there’s a reason for that: financial stability. 

But what’s the alternative? 

If we, as authors, don’t become writing machines and produce MORE, MORE, MORE, then we are forgotten. Not just by readers who have other authors dangling shiny new covers in front of their faces but also by the retailers’ algorithms. If we're lucky, a new book may stay on top for 2-4 weeks. Then, we have to double down on advertising. We have to beg for reviews and shares. We must spend HOURS on Facebook, encouraging people to tell their friends to buy our new book. ONLY to have people tell us to—yeah, you guessed where this is going—“get off Facebook and write!” 

Time spent on social media gives the bulk of authors anxiety. Did you know that? A huge number of introverts are forced to make themselves SEEN, put themselves in the limelight, paint on a smile, and jump in front of a camera to gain attention. No one is content with a written post anymore. We have to be dancing monkeys. We have to make videos for TIKTOKS, REELS, and STORIES. We must show our REAL selves to the world to be mocked or ridiculed. 

Ridiculed? Who the hell is going to ridicule you? 

Many people. Trolls and people dissatisfied with everything. 

Here are the most common things I see: 

“The heroes aren’t sensitive enough. They’re assholes.” 

“The heroines are doormats in this series.” 

“There is no character growth.” 

“The main characters aren’t likable.”

“These characters have no depth.” 

“The author gave too much backstory.” 

“There isn’t enough action in this book.” 

“Why did the author have her kidnapped? How could she do that to that poor woman?” 

“There isn’t enough romance or sex in this book.” 

“There is too much sex in this book.” 

“This book is too graphic.” 

“This book is too tame.” 

“This book has too many F-bombs. The author should leave those out!” 

“Why can’t an author just create a real character? It’s unnatural for people not to swear.” 

“Why do they have to put pretty people on the cover? Why can’t they represent REAL people?” 

“Ugh! Why can’t they put a gorgeous male chest on the cover?” 

“That book is too rapey.” 

“This book doesn’t have enough men taking charge. Women like their hair pulled and a smack on the ass. They like to be dominated.” 

“This author writes like an adolescent.” 

“This author thinks she’s smarter than everyone else and insists on 4-syllable words. Pfft. Why can’t she just be real?” 

“There isn’t enough diversity.” 

“There’s too much diversity. I don’t like to read about gay/mixed/insert-your-issue-here relationships.” 

It’s CONSTANT. If authors respond or complain, we are told, “Meh, you can’t please everyone. Your readers will find you and love what you write.” 

Sigh. If only it were that easy.

Then, I get unsolicited offers to “help.” 

Do you know how many times I’ve received the following? “How do someone get on you’re beeta list because I want to profread yur books and i con hlpe spot typo because they jump out at me when I red.” 

Really? 

I’m not trying to be a critical bitch, but if you don’t use punctuation in a sentence or spellcheck what you are sending me, I’m not going to ask you to proofread my manuscript. Just no.

Some take it upon themselves to send “help” anyway. “It was a great book, but I noticed you had a lot of mistakes. Here’s a list of typos you missed, Tara.” 

They’ll send you a list of 25 typos they found AFTER your book has been published. That’s always fun because I feel like I’m expected to open up a completed project, use the search engine in my writing program to hunt down all these supposed typos and grammatical errors, and correct them. 

Let me tell you how exciting THAT prospect is. 

I’m sent screenshots or words like “Sabrina should be Sabrina’s,” and I’m expected to find a needle in a haystack. Some are kind enough to put a chapter in front of whatever they wrote or highlighted, but if you knew how many times the word Sabrina appeared in a single chapter of the book where she is featured, you might get a good idea of how daunting this prospect is. 

“But I gave you the page and location number!” Yes, however, my Scrivener writing program is not the same as your epub or print copy. That program doesn’t break it down by page and location. Your personal settings determine those things. Using a large font? Yeah, you might have 29 pages to my 14. 

Even if I COULD find everything you’ve pointed out, now I must fix them on MULTIPLE files. I will need to reformat and regenerate those files, upload them to EVERY RETAILER, pull the print copies, submit a new file to the printer, wait on an electronic proof, and then order a physical copy to ensure things are printing correctly. 

In doing this, I’ve essentially wasted DAYS. All because a few people feel I should say a sentence one particular way when I’ve stated it another. All because a comma is missing or in the wrong place. All because someone felt it was necessary to point out the story's flaws. 

Way to take the shine off my project and bring me back to earth. We can’t have an author feel a sense of pride in their accomplishment, now can we? 

How do I put this nicely? 

Fuck it. I can’t. 

So here it is: You are not a paid editor. I didn’t hire you, nor did I request that you mark up my work and send it back to me. You’re not my teacher, and we aren’t in high school. You’re not my publisher and don’t pay me a regular salary.

At this point, I want to say, “Read the fucking book or don’t. I don’t give a shit.” 

But I do. 

I want everyone to love what I created. Yes, this is impossible. I know that. But it doesn't change anything. What’s done is done. And still, I’m begging you: PLEASE don’t message me after the fact with problems that will take me an ungodly amount of time to fix. Time I don’t have because I’m “hurrying and writing faster.” 

Ask yourself these questions before messaging/emailing an independent or medium-level author: 

Would I do this to the big-name authors? How often have I sent James Paterson, Nora Roberts, and J.K. Rowlings these types of things? Would I message them on FB, Instagram, TikTok, whatever to point out all the flaws in their books? 

If the answer is NO, please refrain from doing it to anyone else.

Most authors pay professionals to edit their work and create their covers. I know I do. I also have four trusted individuals who comb the book for typos, grammar, timing/pacing, and inconsistencies. 

Are all these discovered in the pre-publishing process? Probably not, but it’s a hell of a lot more work than many traditional companies put into publishing a book. Fact: As an avid reader, I’ve found at least ONE typo on every single page of traditionally published books in recent months. Think about that. If there are 300 pages in a book, that’s 300 typos, minimum. A lot more than the 5-10 you’ll find overall in my books. 

If you are one of these people who absolutely must point these things out to an author, ask yourself if you would message Random House, St. Martin’s Press, or Avon? No? Then why the hell are you messaging me? Seriously, why? Yeah, I don’t know why any readers would either. It’s not their job, and I will refer you to the section on creating hours of work for your “favorite” authors.

Now, the fun part. FREEBIES and DISCOUNTS! 

“Dear Author, I’m {fill in the blank here - sick? Out of work? Need an operation? My husband/wife had X happen.} and I don’t make/have enough to pay for your book. I’d be grateful if you could send me a free autographed copy so I can read it. I really want to. Oh, and it must be the paperback because I don’t like digital copies. I love the smell of a new book. If you could ship it this week, that would be great. I want to get it before Christmas. Also, I don’t like going to the library to borrow it for free. I like to own my books. Also, I don’t have a car to get there.” 

“Dear Author, I am no longer reading your books because they are not in Kindle Unlimited. As much as I read, I can’t afford to buy them. Sometimes, I read four books a day, and my TBR pile is 11,000 books long. Please put them back in KU so I can get them in Kindle. If not, you’re going to lose me as a reader.”

“Dear Author, I can’t afford the $5.99 ebook. That’s too much. I don’t even like paying $14.99 for Nora Roberts’s new book. I wait until it goes on sale to get it for $8.99. When is your sale for your new release?”

Those emails make me want to tell people to fuck all the way off. No, really. Do those people understand the insanity of contacting an artist and asking for their work for FREE? The ridiculousness of it all? Does anyone realize if creators constantly gave away the thing that it took a chunk of their time and money to produce, those creators whose work they absolutely love would all be homeless and without a pot to piss in? What other business does that? Should Amazon or Barnes & Noble give away their stock because someone can’t afford it? How can readers constantly expect free entertainment and get salty when told no?

It can cost THOUSANDS to publish a book. 

Let that sink in. THOUSANDS.

Shall I break costs down for you? 

We’ll use my last release from 11 days ago. The book cover costs $531 ($401 for the ebook/paperback/audiobook files, then an additional $40 for hardback, $40 for large print, and $25 each for KDP and Bookvault files, so I can start offering these for sale direct). Edits were $1,258. And I’ve spent roughly $1,500 in advertising costs for the last 30 days. For those not good at math, that’s $3,289 to publish The Aether and get eyes on it. I need to sell 1,000 of that book alone to recoup the expense. That is to say nothing of the endless hours writing and rewriting this story. 

Also, I get requests for the audiobook. Let’s discuss the expense tied to producing one of those. To hire a GOOD actor, one will pay $200 to $600 per finished hour. If my book is 8 hours long, the minimum cost to create an audiobook is $1,600. The high end is $4,800. To list a book on a retail site, authors only receive 40% of the profit. If an audiobook is listed at $15, we get roughly $6 of that book. We will need to sell 267 books to recoup the cost of the production. That doesn’t count marketing costs. It also doesn’t measure hours spent LISTENING to the recording, marking spots that need to be rerecorded, listening to the corrections, possibly having THOSE rerecorded, then compiling and uploading to retail sites. 

For my last one, I was sent about 6 chapters per day, and the process took me about two weeks to complete. Unpaid hours. 

Why am I telling you all of this? I eat, sleep, and breathe this writing career, and I’m tired. I can’t string two words together to have a conversation some days. More often than not, if someone calls me, I stutter my way through a conversation or simply listen to them with a few well-placed responses. 

But my work is not good enough. I have to produce MORE. I have to give things away for FREE. I have to discount my books for people without the means to buy them. I'm forced to wonder if I’m selling enough to pay all the business expenses AND my mortgage.

How many of you know I do all this with a handful of challenging conditions? Chronic fatigue. Fibromyalgia. Chronic immune issues. Expressive dysphasia. Neurodiversity. 

Yeah, it’s overwhelming in the extreme. Yet, I love writing. Not necessarily all the other stuff I need to do to make this a viable business, but definitely the writing part, when I can string a sentence together and not harshly judge what I’ve written as utter rubbish.

So I’m asking you, nay begging you, PLEASE cut authors a break. If you see that single, solitary typo that got past everyone’s eagle eyes, ignore it. If you feel the urge to ask for a free book, don’t. Go to the library and request they stock their shelves with your favorite authors' books. If you feel the urge to tell someone to “write faster,” curb it. 

An author will never tell you they don’t love your excitement. Hell, “I can’t wait!” is one of my favorite things to read from a fan. But being ordered to speed up my process when I can’t humanly do so? Yeah, you don’t want to know the ugly thoughts running through my mind when I see that one. 

Here are a few last requests, and these are going to make me unpopular, but come the fuck on already.

1. If you have a question, GOOGLE IT first. Don’t automatically assume authors should be at your beck and call to provide links. We try to provide what you need, but we can be scatterbrained with our workloads. I encourage you to take a look at whatever graphic they’ve posted. Does it have a website? Yes? Great! Type that into your browser and EXPLORE their site rather than ask them to provide a link for your convenience in the comments of a post. They can’t possibly know where you live without going to your profile to look, and half the time, it’s unavailable to a non-friend. An author may give you a link for Amazon US when you live in the UK. Also, if they ARE kind enough to provide one, don’t come back five minutes later to say it didn’t work, making them hunt up another. Your fingers aren’t broken. You can type in the name of a book along with that author’s name just as easily as they can type in a file name to find the appropriate links. Consider the time you’re costing them away from actual writing/work because you can’t be bothered to look something up. Stop being an entitled prat. Authors aren’t your personal secretary. We are alerting you to the new release. Go find it. By now, we all know how a retail site works.

2. READ. You’re a reader. READ a post in its entirety, then reread it if you don’t understand it. Don’t comment until you’ve explored every possibility and have read that post twice. Why? 99% of the time, when someone asks me a question, the answer is already in the post or comments. I nearly stroke out when asked a question that’s already answered and that a person can scroll up to find. 

3. Look for answers before interrupting someone else’s workday. Besides sleeping 5-6 hours and the 2.5 hours with my hubby, my entire day is consumed by business. Yet, I constantly get messages and emails from people who can’t be bothered to explore the FAQ section of my website, where the link is in the footer of EVERY SINGLE webpage. I know I can’t be the only one. If you’re emailing me, you’ve emailed other authors without bothering to see if their policies are listed on the site. Hint: they are listed. 

4. Stop tagging authors in stupid shit. Seriously. I don’t (nor do the other 124 authors you’ve happened to tag) have the bloody time to look at the cranberry sauce picture you posted on your social media wall. If you want to tag them, make it one of their books. Share a graphic from their business wall, tell others how amazing it is, and tag that author if you want, but for the love of all that’s holy, don’t expect a response. We all know how messed up notifications are. Think of all the ones you get. Now multiply that by about 100 for authors. Post a pic of your recent book purchase, either ebook or paperback, with a link to their website or professional social media business account. Be sure to make it their AUTHOR NAME and not their personal profile. Why? I don’t have any books published as Tara Cromer, and it will make anyone searching for author Tara Cromer scratch their head in confusion. However, if you’d like to tag T.M. Cromer, they might have an easier time of it. 

5. Stop using Messenger to contact an author. Period. 99.9% of us have a contact form on our website. Can’t find the website? Hint: it usually has the author’s name in it. Mine is tmcromer.com. No frills. Simple and to the point. Most other author websites are as well. If you are in any doubt, that same 99.9% of authors have their website listed in their social media's ABOUT or BIO section. It’s only a link click away. 

Look, I know social media is designed to make us more accessible, and I honestly try to be available as much as I can for fans. I have a dedicated VIP reader group. I’m a member of a few other groups. There is Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter/X, although admittedly, I’m never on that last one. However, my Messenger isn’t meant for readers to be my best friends or to message me at all hours of the day or night with pictures I could easily see on their wall. It isn’t meant for them to “chat” because they’re bored and assume I am. My policy is not to answer Messenger. My policy isn't intended to piss people off. It’s so I can unplug once in a while. To relax and not think of business. To browse my friends’ updates when I’m online and see what is happening in their world. Not to be accessible 24/7. I just can’t. I don’t have it in me. 

And with all that, I ask that you not judge me too harshly for this long-ass post. Because in addition to all of this seemingly negative crap, I’m exceedingly grateful. 

Grateful to my fans. Some of you have been with me since the beginning of my writing journey, and I can’t express how much that means to me. 

Grateful for potential new readers. Thank you for trying a new-to-you author. 

Grateful to those who care enough to WANT to help by sending those typos I don’t want after the fact. I understand you want my book to be the best. I do, too. But don’t. I swear, the work involved in redoing everything I’ve just done to release a book makes me want to curl up in a ball and drink straight from a bottle of booze. 

Grateful to have a husband who loves me and understands my meltdowns. One who graciously asked if I wanted him to make a statement. 

Grateful to my friends in the writing world, both authors and readers, who talk me down from selling everything I own and picking a spot under a bridge to hang out with my Hellhounds. 

Yes, this was a highly emotional plea for some readers to do better. But know, those are a small percentage. The majority of you are pure gold, and I adore you. 

Now, I must get back to writing. This write-up was two chapters' worth of rant. The readers and algorithms wait for no man, or in my case, woman. 

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Debbie Mills
Debbie Mills
6 months ago

Ah Tara, I’m so sorry all this is going on. If I ever in the future feel like pressurising or hurrying you (or any author) I’ll think twice. Hugs

Brenda G
Brenda G
6 months ago

Wow, I don’t even know what to say. First and foremost you are my favorite writer. Whether it’s one book every six months, 10 books a year or one book every 10 years I would still support you. I wouldn’t dream of trying to critique your work and find it very disturbing that there are people out there that do. Why can’t they just enjoy, the fruits of your labor. I hope it gets better and quite frankly I wish I could be your enforcer. I have very little fucks to give.

Michelle Lynn
Michelle Lynn
6 months ago

Social media has created a completely insensitive society of communicators. Because they feel that they are the most important person in their world, then everyone should treat them as such. The ‘soup box’ of the past where the extremely entitled person would rant in the public square is now an international box to rant to the world. It is a great detriment to civil discourse and personal responsibility. I am sorry that you are subjected to such heavy handed behavior. I wish that you knew how much your books and characters bring joy to so many. Please know that so many of your readers bask in the light of your stories. Thank you for all you do as a writer.

Becky M
Becky M
6 months ago

Love all you do for your fans and to those that are critical , they need to get a life .Having just gotten through another holiday in retail (43yrs at a grocery store ) I have seen some really stupid lately . Common sense isn’t so common anymore . Hugs to you 😘

Elaine
Elaine
6 months ago

I’ve loved your writing since I meet you at the Eureka library, but you’ll never make everyone happy so don’t try, do what makes you happy. The stories are perfect the way you write them. Let them come when they come. Take care of yourself true fans understand and will wait for you. 💗

Josie
Josie
6 months ago

Oh Tara, it saddens me your going through this. People need to know that it takes time to create your wonderful stories. I am patient and always look forward to your books. But I never expect you to hurry them up. Plus there are times when you need to take some time for yourself. You don’t need to burn out. I see it as I have other books to read in the mean time and I can always restart your series like I usually do. Others just need to quit pushing and wait. Your masterpieces can’t be rushed. I will always be a fan of your work. And I do love your interactions on your social media. It shows you care about your followers and that your connected. Some authors don’t even do that with their fan base.

Last edited 6 months ago by Josie
Samantha lee
Samantha lee
6 months ago

I wish I could give you a hug and make you dinner(gluten free of course)!

And I vow to never say “write faster” ever again!!
Hugs happiness and joy my dear

Laura
Laura
6 months ago

Just shows the amount of self entitled asshats out there these days. I found you a few years ago now and am so very glad I did. I buy everything as soon as I can pre-order but I can’t always afford it so I get Amazon gift cards as presents from family so I can keep my reading addiction! A favourite author of mine has two series going and a standalone novel and one book for each comes out a year and I’m. Wry happy to wait. The true fan is happy to wait and support you. I hope lots of your readers take the time to read your post and get an understanding of the blood sweat and tears that go into being an author. Ill also be looking to get your books direct from your website in the future to make sure you’re getting my money before Amazon! Xoxox

Last edited 6 months ago by Laura
Wendy jones
Wendy jones
6 months ago

Just sending hugs and prayers for peace because our Society has become a group of more, more, more when they want it. I read your work because it is an entertaining story and I ignore typos because they happen in life all the time. As I tell my daughter with some of your conditions, just breathe. As Jimmy Buffet song says, Breathe in, breathe out, move on”
Waiting as patiently as possible for your next wonderful story.

Annette
Annette
6 months ago

#1 – HUGS!!!
#2 – Snuggle with those adorable hellhounds (puppy snuggles are the best).
#3 – Please know that we love you and want only the absolute bestest for you and that lovely man that feeds you (😉 ).

Reading is one of my all time, life long passions. Without the incredible talents of authors, where would I be? (Maybe doing house work….nah)

Soo, all this to say we love you and just let us know who we need to sic Amber and Alastair on 😁.

Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
6 months ago

Tara, I absolutely adore you. I try not to bug the shit out of you and I tend to stay quiet because for the most part, everything you give us is amazing to me. I have no complaints. If I see an error, ah hell I knew what she meant, move on. Aaron has a list of all the books I still need for when he wants to be sweet and get me one to have when I’m ready to be a human again. I want to find all these people who cause you grief and anxiety and rage on them. You’re amazing. They’re the douche canoes. And I swear if I lived closer I’d offer to come clean your house or organize or whatever you needed. But I’m broke and plane tickets are crazy. Deep breaths, eat eggs, and then some tasty chocolate or something lemony, straighten the crown and flip off the assholes. Now I’m going to go warm up since when my phone dinged, seen you had a meltdown I stopped in my towel and read the blog. Now I’m freezing 😂. I love you lady…

Tam
Tam
6 months ago

Tara, I am so sorry. I love your books and you too. I truly understand.

Jeannine
Jeannine
6 months ago

So very sorry for all the ass holes out there! Love your work and just ordered the lastest from Amazon! I make tumblers so totally get people wanting things for free, when it cost you to get everything to be able to do it.

Sharon R Cowan
Sharon R Cowan
6 months ago

I try not to bother you. I know some of the physical aspects you go through and how they can affect a person. I love your books and will order the books I am missing in the next couple of months. Now that I am out of the nursing home I can do things. Take care and bless you for your stories. Try to take a break at times for you and your husband. Okay with the Hellhounds daily and times of stress.

Edie Kelly
Edie Kelly
6 months ago

OMG Tara, I just want to reach out and give you the biggest & best hug 💜🤗💜 and then wrap you in love and light and a big warm fuzzy blanket and let you scream and cry out all your frustrations.

And I really want to reach out and slap so many readers. 😩 I cringe every time I see these types of comments on your VIP Readers group 😳 and reading this blog I want to pound some sense into people even more! I keep wanting to tell them to try waiting 5 or 6 years between books as those of us who are Diana Gabaldon’s books do. Seriously folks, find other authors to read in the interim, especially those who Tara recommends.

Now, I must admit I often tag you when I post on your page (usually responding to a question, or telling you how much I love whichever of your books I happen to be reading). I didn’t realize the extra work that causes and will drop that habit right away.

I hope that those who need to read your blog do so and wake up when they see what their behaviour is doing to you. I sincerely hope and pray that you can get back to enjoying your process as much as we appreciate and enjoy the end results …….. whenever that happens to be published.

Love, hugs, and lemon drops

Iola Morgan
Iola Morgan
6 months ago

I am so sorry Tara. I hope I’ve never been one of the small percentage. I generally wait if I can’t afford a book straight away til when I can. That is common sense to me.

I have been one of the small percentage with another author we both know and love, but I won’t do that again. I waseaning it in a jokey way, but after reading this, I realize I’m maybe just an asshat. I shall apologize profusely to said other author.

All I can say is, you do you. I know that is a cheesy cliché, but it’s all I got right now. I understand the illness/disability side all too well. Have a cup of chamomile tea if you can drink it and take 5, or even 2 minutes to yourself. Love on the hellhounds, bless them. I think we all love seeing posts about your babies.

When I’m able to I’ll send you some healing and calm. Hopefully that will help a smidge. I will buy The Aether soon as I can afford it and the last Holt Family book too. Things are a bit tight right now.

Lots of love and gluten free lemon cake.xx

Allison
Allison
6 months ago

Oh Tara, I just want to send you the biggest hug on the planet. I have been an avid reader since I was 5 years old and am now within touching distance of 72 and you are the FIRST author I have ever had any contact with – to me authors are to be revered and respected not picked apart. I still can’t believe that you take the time to respond graciously to my inane comments.
Unfortunately in this modern world people expect way too much and intrude way too far into the lives of others causing untold stress and anxiety. I am so sad that you are suffering in this way for bringing so much joy and happiness to so many of us.
Hoping you can pull back a bit from trying to please the ‘terminally unpleasable’ and just give yourself space. Lovers will always love and haters will always hate so tying yourself in knots is pointless.
I am thankful every day for the amazing world you lay out before me in the pages of your books and will never again say “ I can’t wait for the next one” because I can wait and I will wait and be grateful for your wonderful talent. Much love from a VERY appreciative reader xx

Trish
Trish
6 months ago

You are wonderful, as are your books. Just saying…

Angela
Angela
6 months ago

I’m so very sorry. We seem to share both sensibilities and health issues; maybe that’s why I feel that I can almost understand the frustration and stress. I’m the one who posted that I wanted to hug you so tight after you clearly and eloquently explained the KU situation…and still were inundated with questions that had already been addressed in your post! I promise, I’m not diminishing your probable frustration, but I laughed so hard; I knew what was coming your way! Thank you for sharing so much, and please don’t give up on the rest of us! Sending love, respect, and appreciation ❤️ to you.

Sam
Sam
6 months ago

I’m sorry you are having to deal with all the impatience, the lack of common sense and lack of manners that unfortunately seems to be the normal these days. Very few think of the work that is put into projects, of what the creator is giving up to produce the work. I personally love your work and think what and how often you release your work is perfect if you decided to release less again that’s fine.
I have recently learnt myself that we do not live to work we should work to live. Celebrate your work Celebrate that what you do is what let’s you live, don’t forget to take time to live walk away from the laptop and enjoy life unfortunately we cannot please everyone.
Take care and remember we don’t live to work we work to live.

TLM
TLM
6 months ago

Pay no attention to those people, you take all the time you want, and I have not found mistakes, and I am pretty picky and report stuff all the time 🙂 You are loved and appreciated by all the wonderful readers who think YOU ARE JUST RIGHT THE WAY YOU ARE!! And if those doo-doo heads don’t think so, eff them!! xxoo (language cleaned up, because you know I can potty mouth with the best of themLOLOL)

Suzette
Suzette
6 months ago

I love your books, I read awesome typonese, if there is any. And when I’m done with a book I patiently wait for the next one 🙂 . MANY HUGGS coming your way.

Last edited 6 months ago by Suzette
Cassie
Cassie
6 months ago

I hate that you and so many authors have to deal with negativity, ignorance and mean spirited people. I love your work and am grateful for all you do! I will be here ALWAYS!! 🙌💜

Macey
Macey
6 months ago

First off let me say I enjoy all your books. If there’s a typo, there’s a typo. I read it and carry on. It doesn’t affect the storyline what so ever. I am amazed at what comes out of your imagination. We are all blessed to be apart of what you write. Some people think they can do better, if so write your own books. If I have to wait for the next book I wait because I know it’s gonna be GREAT. Thank you for what you do and what you do so well.

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