For some strange reason, I have what I think is more than my fair share of behind-the-scenes weirdness around here. Don’t get me wrong, 99.9% of the Wicked Scribes readers are great, and I am very grateful for you all. You comment, you send me info when you get it, you stay in touch, and sometimes if I mess something up you give me a shout to let me know. There are a few others that take some offence, though. Like the ones who got annoyed when I “favored” particular authors – or didn’t favor theirs. There was such a complete rampage when I didn’t include a Lindsay J. Pryor book in a poll that I thought I was going to have to go into witness protection. The ones who were angry that I didn’t gush about a book I had never read because their librarian recommended it (?) and I was somehow disparaging that librarians life choice or something was another good one. And there are a few who think I am lazy and slow and don’t do enough to keep them updated, that sort of thing. I call it my fan mail. Most of it I keep quiet, some I like to share. Add another to the list…
This is in response to my last post, about my ARC windfall. Behold, the glory of the fan-mail. Not sure how cool it is to re-post someone’s email to me…not sure I care. Name withheld, though.
“I’m not sure if you realize how many people there are out there who would practically sell their first born for an ARC of those books. To hear the you haven’t even read them is a little annoying. The only way I’ve seen to get an ARC of any of them was a Scattered Bonds ARC that was shared. You got it in the mail, you had a certain amount of time to read it then you had to send it on to the next person. For all you know the next person lived in New Zealand and the postage would cost you your next week’s groceries. So, books published by the big houses are like gold. How about you treat them with some respect and actually read them? Or, if you don’t want them, I’ll be happy to take them off your hands. I read ARCs, beta and alpha read for many self published authors, but those big houses just don’t like to share with anyone that isn’t well known out there in the book world. Seriously, show some respect and read the books.”
So, first of all, sorry if anyone took my post out of context. It wasn’t intended to be disrespectful or gloating at all. In fact, I was actually mocking myself and my usual “I am SOOOO behind” thing. As one who really doesn’t “get” much out of my time I spend blogging, I am very thankful, and I don’t want it to seem otherwise. But honestly? This made me laugh. A disrespectful email…about respect. Sigh. Another fan. What is a girl to do?