This post, by Gayla Drummond, originally appeared on her Feral Intensity site on 2/15/13.
A writer dropped into the KDP forum today, linked to her two books, and said, “Take a look and your opinions are welcome!”
She stated one was a “wonderful romance”, and the other was about basic training.
For the most part, we’re a pretty welcoming bunch over there (at the moment). The first response complimented her covers, but also pointed out that there were formatting issues with both books.
“Come on people! You’re quick and ready to tear down a bad book, but you have nothing to say about good books?????”
For anyone who hasn’t interacted on public forums, that response is a signal to pop some corn and settle in for a drama llama show. It’s a clear indicator that the poster thinks his/her shit don’t stink.
She didn’t want anyone’s real opinion, she only wanted to be told how awesome she is, and the first responder replied saying as much. Her response?
“oh please…. what makes you an expert?”
Um. [scratches head] Why did she come to the forum and ask for opinions, again?
Another member pointed out that the KDP forum isn’t really the place to ask for criticism. Our fearless writer’s response?
“This is a general forum, is it not???? Many people here offer opinions and thoughts about content. Its not too difficult to read sample pages and enjoy the writing. If there are any Vets on here, [redacted] should be of special interest and well worth the money and time to read.”
Okay, she has confidence in her writing. There’s nothing wrong with having confidence in your work. I and many others have confidence in ours, or we wouldn’t put it out there.
However, it becomes clear as the discussion progresses that our first responder nailed it: Our new member doesn’t want to hear any criticism.