I really hope this post reaches the right people, and by that I mean the people who keep emailing me and leaving reviews about how modern my historicals are. I really feel like I made a mistake in converting An Unlikely Place for Love, The Cold Wife, and An Inconvenient Marriage. Yes, they were laced with modern stuff, but really, it didn’t change the actual story. If it was impossible for someone to read the books with the glaring errors, that was because the person didn’t dig the story to begin with. I’ve done a lot of learning over this past month. I learned a lot about getting a backbone. I learned how thick skin develops. There comes a point in time where an author has to say, “So what?” And I have now reached that point.
I really don’t care what grievance people have in regards to my work. Yes, I still want to make my readers happy, but these are readers who get my books. They are able to appreciate the story instead of getting hung up on some obscure thing that has little bearing to the actual book. So what if someone says something modern? That doesn’t kill the story. I aim to be more authentic with every book I write, but it’s a process, and I am always telling authors to allow grace and mercy for themselves. I will allow myself the same permission. It’s okay to error. It’s okay to miss the mark. It’s okay to be human. I will strive for improvement, but I will never reach perfection because perfection is only made by the perfect and last time I checked, the only perfect person who ever lived on Earth was Jesus, and they crucified Him. So the world doesn’t even like perfect people.
So that’s where I’m at now and why. I still don’t want to write novellas or short stories. They really aren’t “me”, so to speak. I’m going to leave all published books as they are. I will not modify anything but a typo. I don’t care how many people email me about how difficult my books are to get through for one reason or another. My thought is they can find another author. Books are in abundance, and the indie movement has allowed for many people to publish books who never would have published otherwise. So my response just might be “I’m sorry you didn’t like the book. Perhaps you’ll find another author more to your liking” or something along those lines. And when I say “my response”, I really mean my assistant who now handles that headache for me. I won’t be entertaining rude emails ever again as long as I can help it. Ignoring said emails is an option my assistant can exercise. As a friend pointed out, when people email you, they are coming into your “home”, so why would you put up with someone being rude in your own home? The answer, of course, is I wouldn’t. Someone comes into my home/inbox/blog, etc, I have the right to not put up with their comments. They can express their grievances on reviews, their blogs, their forums, etc. But I have the right to stop them when they come into my personal space.
So all I can say to those of you reading this who have a problem with how “modern” my books are, the editing/grammar flaws in them, or if I don’t do something else “right” is that I am not the right author for you. Just like when you date people until you find the “right one”, the same is true with authors. Not every author will be a good fit for you and what you’re looking for. Some will do something that you won’t like. My advice is to stop wasting time complaining to them and find the authors that are a better fit for you. I am not changing the way I do things. I’ll improve, but it’ll be on my own time frame. You can’t rush a kid in learning to walk; likewise, progress with my work will be gradual. But it will be on my time and at my pace. I can’t force it.
I’m just going to be me and write the best story I can. When I’m done with a book, it’s done. I’m never going back to change it ever again. I’ve learned my lesson. 😀