As I wait on my Amazon order of books that express the topic of writing, there has been a line of thought that I began to travel down, as if it were some type ‘novel’ idea, except this time I decided to discuss this post to authors, mainly the Self-Published ones who like to call themselves ‘Indie’ rather than ‘Self-Published’. Though I have had a plethora of criticisms against my methods of critiquing, or even being allowed to say anything that comes as either crass or rude, seemed to be decried by them as a type of moral wrong.
The more important question is this: why?
Time after time, I have come to realize that I am living a world of sensitivity i.e., everything and almost everyone is guided by a sense of feelings. If someone says something negative, there are dozens of people who will decry the remarks as a moral wrong in the sense that no one should really hear these type of things. However, in this world of sensitivity, there always seems to be this craving of praise, praise, praise for books that are not even worth considering that type of recognition.
Are these standards fair?
I think the number of Self-Published authors who I call wee little ‘Indie’-ans, are nothing more than just members of the promotional ego circus. Rather than accepting the fact that readers are not interested in reading bad writing, these authors looks for ways to sell their amazing books through a friendship network. If you act as one of their friends, they will pressure you to use them as a promotional tool for their writings. True friends don’t saying negative about each other, right?
As much as I would like to label this as fantasy mentality, there often a more deep, profound understanding of what authorship is and part of that entails its craftsmanship in the form of writing. With that in mind, I believe I have enough reason to criticize other wee little ‘Indie’-ans for not putting in the honest efforts to make their books the best from the moment of its inception. If there is not as much sweat and blood that goes into a work of writing, I do not think authors should be really spared the mercy from receiving critic ridicule or derision especially when there are no implications that they have done any true research. Why bother to give them the opportunity for appraisal when they don’t deserve any?