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headofwords

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Do your friends and family read your books?
Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:29 PM
 
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Most of mine don't. In fact, I get a little passive support, as in the occasional "well done" but that's about it. Only one person in my family owns a Kindle (my dad) and only a couple of my friends (who won't pay for anything on the basis of "we know you, we should get it for free"). The vast majority of people I know, however, won't even go so far as to like my Facebook page. Only two people have shared my book links on Facebook, out of 325 friends. While not particularly unpopular, I've always been that guy who "isn't good at stuff", and I think that it actually makes some of my friends uncomfortable that I have some stories up on Amazon, even if I've barely sold ten copies (all together).

I know they say charity begins at home but I've felt at times as though I'm trying to break through a solid wall of tradition in order to get noticed. I have complete faith in my stories and books (33 magazines and (almost!) three literary agents also have) but I often feel that a lot of my friends, particularly the outer circle, would prefer it if I remained plain old not-good-at-much Chris.

Chris Ward

All of my well-rated but unpopular works can be found here -

http://www.amazon.com/Chris-Ward/e/B0076JUBPW/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
ignaciodemure

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Re: Do your friends and family read your books?
Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:44 PM   in response to: headofwords in response to: headofwords
 
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cowboy up chris, what are you going to do when you get your first one star review? you'll fall to pieces.
yes, my relatives all chipped in and bought a copy of my book, after i lowered the price. then the bastards gave me a bad review
10 copies in one month- you look like stephen king to me!
four copies in six months. four real.
andresanthomas

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Re: Do your friends and family read your books?
Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:53 PM   in response to: headofwords in response to: headofwords
 
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Well, I write Erotica. And not even just erotica, but BDSM erotica. Not exactly the stuff you send to your grandma for Christmas, know what I mean?

My hubby is the only actual relative/real life friend who even knows I'm writing anything. He hasn't read it (which believe me, works for me, I'm much happier having my stuff in the hands of over 1000 strangers than a few people really close to me), just because he's really not much of a reader. He is however, EXTREMELY supportive.

Maybe what you should consider is the definition of "friend". A friend is not just someone you've known a while or someone that will click the button on facebook when you "friend" them. A friend is someone who will drop everything and come over to your house the week after your grandma dies when your husband is out of town and pull up the carpet in your bathroom for you because your toilet has overflowed and you just can't handle one more thing. Anyone who doesn't fit that category is just "some guy you know".

Go for quality instead of quantity on the friend thing. Keep writing.
misternixter

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Re: Do your friends and family read your books?
Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:13 PM   in response to: headofwords in response to: headofwords
 
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My parents and siblings passed away long ago, but my wife and a couple of cousins have read my books. The rest of my family has pretty much a "so what" attitude until they realized how much money I made in the last couple of months. Then suddenly they all want me to stop by for a visit. What's up with that?

I do have a rather large following from my blogs and the bimonthly RV newspaper I publish, so that gave me a good built in audience to get the ball rolling.

By the way, Chris, I have a large and much deserved reputation for being terrible with anything that resembles a tool.

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Lake-ebook/dp/B00522RM48/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1321151688&sr=1-1

http://www.facebook.com/NickRussellAuthor
lealia28

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Re: Do your friends and family read your books?
Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:31 PM   in response to: headofwords in response to: headofwords
 
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Some do, some don't. I'm really bad at advertising because my sales pitch is, "Take a look, read a few pages, and see if you think you'll like it. If you don't like what you see, don't buy it." That's my advice about all books, including mine.

S.L. Wallace
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Re: Do your friends and family read your books?
Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:44 PM   in response to: andresanthomas in response to: andresanthomas
 
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S&M means never having to say you're sorry-
but you have to apologize for old jokes
sorry
headofwords

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Re: Do your friends and family read your books?
Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:52 PM   in response to: ignaciodemure in response to: ignaciodemure
 
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Haha, I spent twelve years submitting to magazines, I'm pretty tough when it comes to rejection and criticism. I've had some 400 rejections from novels and short stories in total so I'm pretty sure I won't fall to pieces when I get a bad review. The tone of my post might have been a bit morose but I'm a realist and that is the reality of what I'm up against. Having said that, I'd prefer it if hundreds of total strangers were reading my book anyway.
headofwords

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Re: Do your friends and family read your books?
Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:57 PM   in response to: andresanthomas in response to: andresanthomas
 
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I know what you mean. Most of the stuff I write is mainstream and inoffensive, but I have one novel that I think is one of my best which was, for want of a better description, my Trainspotting. I really don't want anyone I know to ever read it but I'm really proud of it as a book so might publish it under a psydoneum (sp?) one day. I'd hate it if my mother ended up reading it though .. "oh, I wonder what little Chrissie-pie has written about this time?!" lol.
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Re: Do your friends and family read your books?
Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:58 PM   in response to: headofwords in response to: headofwords
 
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I never even ask my friends and family to read my books. That's how low my expectations are. They know I write and that I publish, but just one sister has asked to see me work :0)
headofwords

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Re: Do your friends and family read your books?
Posted: Feb 19, 2012 10:02 PM   in response to: andresanthomas in response to: andresanthomas
 
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I agree with you on the friend thing, by the way. I have a handful of close friends but that's it. I'm pretty scathing on the meaning of being "Facebook friends" but even then I think 325 is a pretty conservative number. I know people in their teens with 800 plus. I don't think I've ever spoken to that many people!

I think a better way to put it would be interest from book types who know me and know that I write. I have tons of friends, close and otherwise, who read all the fantasy/horror/sci-fi stuff they can get their hands on. Are they interested in reading mine? Nope. I do, however, have one fan - a mate of mine has read my upcoming novel (currently being edited for the millionth time) three times and always gushes about it when we're in the pub. It's pretty flattering, and I hope that one day complete strangers feel the same!

Chris Ward
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Re: Do your friends and family read your books?
Posted: Feb 19, 2012 10:36 PM   in response to: headofwords in response to: headofwords
 
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None of the family and one or two friends. Books are too brutal.
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Re: Do your friends and family read your books?
Posted: Feb 19, 2012 10:41 PM   in response to: headofwords in response to: headofwords
 
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Nope, my friends and family don’t read my books. They kind of pretend to. I guess since they know me they’ve had about all of me they can take and don’t want to read my stuff. Whatever it is, they just don’t want to read anything I write. But they do ogle over my sales numbers from time to time and ask to borrow money when the numbers are good. Thankfully, my sales fell off a cliff last Fall so I was able to skimp on Christmas presents.
Bought my wife a Kindle for Christmas, but had to register it as my second Kindle. She read a couple of mystery novels she got for free, hasn’t gotten around to my books yet. Says she has, but I can tell she hasn’t because on her Kindle, my books are still archived and not on her device.
Oh well.
But if anyone here is interested, the sample of my trilogy is pretty long. The entire introductory novella and the better part of book one.
http://www.amazon.com/War-for-Profit-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B005I5RRKS/
diamondlifestyle

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Re: Do your friends and family read your books?
Posted: Feb 20, 2012 1:07 AM   in response to: headofwords in response to: headofwords
 
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One of my friends has read them all, I send them to him just before I publish and he tells me why they're terrible and he could have done better. We have an antagonistic relationship like that ;-)

The others are bemused that I write, but haven't read them, except my best friend who I forced to read one of my shorts once (his response - "it's actually very good" - I objected to the 'actually').

My family have no idea that I've written anything. My nan nags me to do it because she knows I always wanted to be a writer and she saw a thing on the news about KDP a couple of months back, but if she found out I was writing MM romance I think it'd see her off!
karnach

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Re: Do your friends and family read your books?
Posted: Feb 20, 2012 1:55 AM   in response to: headofwords in response to: headofwords
 
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I've just published my first novel and quite a few of my friends have downloaded it out of interest. My BF said she had to read my first novel (I presume she won't read all the others I intend writing!). My husband was very keen to read it. He has read the 'Look inside' bit but has yet to download it!!!

I'm cool with F&F not reading my novels. For me, it's more important to reach out to a wide international audience and create a following because they genuinely want to read my books rather than downloading for a nosy.

Sarah.
Find my novel here - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00768T7DK
dldkrypto

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Re: Do your friends and family read your books?
Posted: Feb 20, 2012 7:10 AM   in response to: headofwords in response to: headofwords
 
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My mother uses my amazon account so I won't let her buy anything as it feels cheap. My sister said she bought something and didn't know how to put a review up. I guess she either thought it was crap and didn't want to hurt my feelings or she just can't be bothered. I have no close friends but have been going to a writing group for a decade and told my friends there to buy some of my books and put up reviews. So far, though, they haven't done a single thing, which is making me slightly miffed with them. When they brought books out I bought them and reviewed them so I don't see why they can't return the favour. I worked very hard on my full length novels and if even my friends can't say a nice word about them...
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