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jackdear

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Question. Why do newbies ask such daft questions.
Posted: May 24, 2012 10:47 AM
 
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Question. Why do newbies ask such daft questions.

Answer. Because we are new. We are new to Kindle and new to this forum. We may also be new to writing, marketing, networking and all the other things some of you assume we ought to know. We ask questions because we seek help. We see questions posted on these pages and assume we are part of a community willing to share knowledge, experience and advice.
More often than not our daft questions are received with patience and answered courteously by people only too eager to be of help.
Occasionally, however, we are answered by some belligerent rectum who is obviously having a bad day.
Why, I wonder?
Are their sales below expectations? Have they realised their own literary efforts are crap? Is it the male menopause, p.m.t or is the wife/husband/partner having an affair with Snow-white or, perhaps, the seven dwarfs? Or, maybe, both?
As my dear old dad used to say, 'If you can't say something nice; don't say anything at all.'
So, you rectums, and you all know who you are, if a question strikes you as puerile, unintelligent or just plain daft, don't respond. It's quite simple. Keep your unhelpful comments to yourself and let the daft question be answered by someone who is a much better human being than yourself. Simple!
gldrummond

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Re: Question. Why do newbies ask such daft questions.
Posted: May 24, 2012 11:15 AM   in response to: jackdear in response to: jackdear
 
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You're guilty of the very things you're wondering about others. None of those would affect how I answer someone's question.

What does affect it is seeing the exact same question posted four times in an hour by four different people.

Of answering someone's question, and having others chime in with 'I was wondering about this too' and not even reading the answer already given.

Trying to help people is both rewarding and frustrating at times. No one's perfect, and frustration can make some of us quite snarky.
poettix

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Re: Question. Why do newbies ask such daft questions.
Posted: May 24, 2012 11:20 AM   in response to: jackdear in response to: jackdear
 
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Exactly. Sales are down for the old-timers. New writers are flooding the market and some of them are quite good.

Note to new writers:

Keep writing. Pay no attention to the writers behind the condescension curtain.

Do the best job you can and do your own research on formatting, etc., until sales are back up.

Best of luck!
thetimucuan

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Re: Question. Why do newbies ask such daft questions.
Posted: May 24, 2012 11:32 AM   in response to: jackdear in response to: jackdear
 
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What I did was lurk for many months before asking my own questions. That way, other people ask the stupid questions for you. It also cuts down on the number of stupid questions.

I remember how strange the world of publishing was for me back then. When you know nothing about a subject, you have no foundation to build on. Lurking will help, and you will not be attacked or embarrassed either. It costs nothing.
gldrummond

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Re: Question. Why do newbies ask such daft questions.
Posted: May 24, 2012 11:33 AM   in response to: poettix in response to: poettix
 
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People like you are why 'old-timers' like me get frustrated.

Sales seldom have a thing to do with how someone answers a question like "What? I don't get paid for those promo day downloads?" or "My formatting is doing (blank) and I can't figure out how to fix it. Can anyone help?"

But that's okay, I have a theory about people who assume personal matters or lack of sales affect the answers to such questions too.

I'm too nice to share it, not to mention, I know it would make me look like a horse's patootie if I did.

Some people obviously don't worry about looking like one to others. ;)
thetimucuan

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Re: Question. Why do newbies ask such daft questions.
Posted: May 24, 2012 11:35 AM   in response to: poettix in response to: poettix
 
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Newbies are lucky this board is here. The few thorns you encounter are well worth the fruits of knowledge you can pick for free. This is one of the least hostile sites on writing you will find.
jossc

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Re: Question. Why do newbies ask such daft questions.
Posted: May 24, 2012 11:46 AM   in response to: thetimucuan in response to: thetimucuan
 
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To this answer I will agree wholeheartedly. I have found much more to rejoice over than to fret over on this board.

Write. Write as well as you can. Learn, as much as you can. Then publish.

To Hell with the naysayers and those who are upset because they've lost a hundred grand or two thanks to the "newbies". They were newbies once, too...and I'll be happy to make a couple thousand this year on my work. That's not what I do this for. Even if I earned my entire living from this endeavor, I hope I never gripe that I'm not making enough when my seven figure income dips temporarily into the six figures.

Yes, I've seen it. I've seen it on here.

Still, this forum is a blessing. View it that way and look past the rest, like everything else in life, and you'll be fine.
lwards

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Re: Question. Why do newbies ask such daft questions.
Posted: May 24, 2012 11:56 AM   in response to: jossc in response to: jossc
 
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Where, oh where is the 'Like' button?

Message was edited by: lwards
martitalbott

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Re: Question. Why do newbies ask such daft questions.
Posted: May 24, 2012 11:57 AM   in response to: thetimucuan in response to: thetimucuan
 
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Newbies are lucky this board is here. The few thorns
you encounter are well worth the fruits of knowledge
you can pick for free. This is one of the least
hostile sites on writing you will find.

Dang, you made a boo boo. It should be pick [b]up[/b] for free. I guess it could be a matter of interpretation, but then, isn't everything?

Some of us have our emotions showing and frankly, that might not be a bad thing. We newbies have to toughen ourselves up, because this is just the beginning. We have to take what comes like a "man," whatever that's suppose to mean to a woman, but we can't go out firing both barrels when we don't like something readers say.

Of course I can, but I'm special. ;o) (wink)
amb50

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Re: Question. Why do newbies ask such daft questions.
Posted: May 24, 2012 12:06 PM   in response to: jackdear in response to: jackdear
 
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In my opinion, there is no such thing as a daft question if someone asks it honestly. I hope I will always be receptive and help where I can...
blackbear1221

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Re: Question. Why do newbies ask such daft questions.
Posted: May 24, 2012 12:30 PM   in response to: amb50 in response to: amb50
 
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I lurked around for a while before I came into the community. However, I don't remember seeing all these 'simple to find, if you just look for two seconds' questions. I see the question about sales pop up all the time by several different newbies and I wonder why? Where do I find out my sales? Where do I see how many books I have sold? Where is the sales tab? Really? To me, this is common sense. There is only three links to choose from up top, how hard could it be? This is the only question that gets me. Formatting, uploading, things to that nature. I get those questions. I've been published since 2010 and I still have problems formatting.
Another frustrating thing is self promoting. Yeah, one new thread to tell up about your book. Good job...
Five threads in two days from the same poster makes me clamp my jaw shut before I say something mean. These people make others just ignore everyone else's new book threads. I can probably name some more frustrating things, but my ranting is over.

I agree that it will only get worse with more and more newbies and yes, this is one of the nicer forums. I posted a thread over at AW for a beta reader, put up first chaper and a poster gave me a negative review on Amazon and then telling me about it, very mean and uncalled for. She has since removed it and apologized. Be lucky these 'old timers' are nice enough to give you time out of their day.
skookumpete

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Re: Question. Why do newbies ask such daft questions.
Posted: May 24, 2012 2:55 PM   in response to: jackdear in response to: jackdear
 
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Sure, some people are more patient than others, but I haven't seen anyone here who deserves to be called names, let alone compared with the bit of anatomy you refer to.

My patience is tried by newbies who think they have what it takes to write and publish a book, but lack even the most elementary research skills. Why, for instance, would you come to this board to ask "how do I copyright my book" without first at least reading the Wikipedia article, or any of the other excellent websites that deal with copyright for writers?

Also, it seems to me to be elementary good manners to search the forum for discussions instead of assuming that you are the first person ever to fail to comprehend Amazon's terms of service.
kirkbyite

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Re: Question. Why do newbies ask such daft questions.
Posted: May 25, 2012 7:07 AM   in response to: jackdear in response to: jackdear
 
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We aren't as wise as you - yet.
sketchco

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Re: Question. Why do newbies ask such daft questions.
Posted: May 25, 2012 7:11 AM   in response to: jackdear in response to: jackdear
 
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Occasionally, however, we are answered by some
belligerent rectum

hehehe
sketchco

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Re: Question. Why do newbies ask such daft questions.
Posted: May 25, 2012 7:14 AM   in response to: thetimucuan in response to: thetimucuan
 
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That way, other people ask the stupid
questions for you.

Bingo. Pay heed to the experienced dude, folks...
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