When a good (wo)man goes to war

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  1. John M. Dow says:

    I think that’s all fair comment and I don’t see any need for you to hold back. People are presumably writing novels in the hope that they’ll be read; by the general public as well as the literary industry.

    If these people are comfortable that their prose (and their egos) can stand up to the criticism of, say, The New York Times, then they don’t have to worry. If they’re not comfortable – well, it’s questionable whether they should be writing at all.

    • Kai says:

      I held back slightly. There is a post on this blog, on private called ‘f** the low barrier to entry and find yourself an trainee editor – it’s better than no editor at all’ but I think it’s got too much profanity in it to be published on my respectable (ahem) blog.

  2. Wow. I didn’t know any of that had happened with the server and all. I don’t know what it is that makes people so impossible to deal with. I’m really sorry it all fell onto your head.

    • Kai says:

      The community was about a week old. I’d soft launched it to some indie writers I used to mastermind with – and was just on the verge of merging ‘Writer’s Diner’ over too when it all kicked off. Dumb me, I also lost my new review blog, and coincidentally, the syndication deal cause that was all on the same hosting, so I’m more than a little narked right now. But I’ll fix it, it’s fine. I just merged 18 domains onto here so that’s all good. It hurt to delete the older blogs, but I need to do something 😉

  3. The battle for professionalism is a tough one, but I respect you for wading into that battle. From what I can tell, you’re very well-armed for the task! Keep the faith and know that you have comrades in the trenches with you!

  4. Kai,
    I totally understand and support your actions. This is the reason I changed the approach on Breakthrough Bookstore. As I stated on the new site, it is time that we “raise the bar.” It has to start somewhere in an organized fashion – whether it’s through multiple organizations or individuals. Those of us who are concerned about the self-publishing industry as a whole have to start setting the pace.

  5. Bonnie Rice says:

    I think the one problem with self-publishing is that any idiot can do it and more than a few do.

  6. Kai – I’m sorry to hear you’ve gone through all of this. I’ve been mostly absent from the community lately and caught signs that something was going on but I didn’t know it was this bad.

    You’ve done so much to help us! And you’ve asked for nothing in return. I know that just by catching a few crumbs from you, my own marketing has changed for the better and I’m eternally grateful. I’ve had to switch my focus back to writing and let some of my social media stuff drop temporarily. And some of it was due to frustrations I’ve dealt with in the community that I just didn’t need in addition to all the other crap I’ve dealt with in my personal life. One example: I Googled myself and found an author semi-trashing me and someone else on his blog because we had each posted his work and he had still made no sales. Like it’s my fault that nobody buys his book? I’ll open that ginormous can of worms later at my own blog.

    Anyway, I really just wanted to say that I appreciate you and the things you’ve done for us more than I can possibly communicate here. I’ve said it before, and I mean it – the Internet is a brighter, happier place for me because of you.

  7. Kai says:

    Feedback from one friend: “Kai, I just can’t take a risk on a book that I don’t know is going to be worth my time. It’s not the money that bothers me (I did, after all I paid for a 3g Kindle) – it’s the idea that I’m wasting my time when I could be sticking with safe, enjoyable options.”

  8. Thank you for all the good work you do, Kai. Try to keep your head up, don’t let the crazies/bad energy slow you down. There’s enough out there without getting into a negative spiral, my hubby calls it, “pushing the bone around the plate.” Gotta go,

  9. Bex says:

    It’s deplorable that someone would have your site removed. I’m terribly sorry that happened. I too have been rather disturbed by the notion that we are all hack writers, with no semblance of real talent. It bothers me that a few people who missed the clear distinction of their/there/they’re make everyone else look bad. I applaud you for trying to show the world independent books are not a worthless waste of time. I’ve been trying to do the same.

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