I had copied and pasted much of the post from the pandering defecations of Kyle Asspile and did a lengthy commentary on it. Then I removed all of it because it was a huge waste of time and space. I’ll sum it up with this one picture and a follow up with the moral of the story.
Moral of this whole Catfish story is this. Kyle formed a lot of assumptions and presented them as facts by doing one wrong thing. He based his deductions all on a Chances Are. Chances aren’t facts. And if you try to derive facts from most likelys, and then push them off as truths, then you are the deceiver, the panderer, the liar, the thief, and the trouble maker.
Here’s the thing too. Readers aren’t stupid, you got that right. And if they’re buying books based on what hangs or doesn’t hang between a writer’s legs, then they are one of the reasons such a gimmick exists. On both sides of that issue are adults and one should not forget that it takes two to tango. There is an audience demonstrating a want for that very thing, and what do you know, it’s being answered.
I asked Author Alex Lucian when they came to my event what gender they were so I knew how to introduce them. I had checked their profile and found “neither” in the gender section lol. Their answer was–“Whatever you want to call me. He, she. Shem. It doesn’t matter.” In so many words, they were saying my gender is not up for consideration, my writing is. They went on to say, “When you go to a restaurant, you don’t care or wonder if the cook is male or female.”
I couldn’t agree more. And I would add that if we were told the gender of the cook, we wouldn’t demand to see evidence.
But you know… here is my final thought on this. The market moves to the lusts of its buyers. Every seller knows this and moves by that, always has, always will. We are entertainers by trade, so, if our fans and friends love to hear about our personal lives, what harm is it to share it? And if it’s used as a means to keep readers engaged, what harm is that?
This market is flooded with entertainment and it’s so very competitive. Mostly it’s about keeping an audience captive, and writers do that in many ways between book writing. We have groups, we have giveaways, games, we touch base in personal posts. We show pics, etc. This isn’t a gimmick, this is a way of life for Indie Authors who can’t afford a publicist or isn’t being backed by a huge publisher that pays for advertisement. Indie Authors do it the old fashioned way, we have to. We go door to door, meeting people and really connecting.
And THAT is what makes the Indie Author community so great. It happens to be something a lot of us love doing. But it’s definitely work. It’s part of our work, our passion. Thing is, it’s part of the reader’s passion too. They love being a part of that journey and process.
A lot of us write for a living. I have twenty-eight books ( I think) published in about four years. That’s not a gimmick, that’s hard goddamn work. Hard work by me, and a shit load of amazing fans that I adore. These fans pay for my work, they pay for all my little money making gimmicks I throw at them in between. They’re fully aware of everything I do and why I do it. They give understanding what they’re getting. Some just give because they want to. Is everything in my life an open book to them? No, but everything that needs to be, is.
At the end of the day, they know I lie for a living and they love every word of those lies (usually). They happily pay to read all about them lol.