|My comments upon being awarded the highly coveted 'Ranty.'|
Excuse me for a moment whilst I bounce my head against a brick wall.
Do I not like hearing from fans? I LOVE hearing from fans. They say, "I liked this. I loved that. Maybe I didn't like this one. Etc." It's okay. I don't expect folks to like all of my works. After all, there's several distinct genres floating around in there and everything might not suit. And I've got friends and family who've never read any of my novels, so if I don't feel put out by them, I won't be by folks who don't like this, that, or the other. In fact, I was talking to my own sister yesterday who admitted that she hasn't read some of my books. (MY ONLY SISTER! Horrors abounding!)
Do I not like hearing that my fan has downloaded ALL of my novels? Well, yes I like it, but I also wince because what I'm hearing is that they LOVE Bubba and I suspect, based on prior experience, that they may not be happy with other pieces of my work. Specifically, I get a lot of feedback saying, and yes, I know I've gone here before, "While I loved Bubba, I am not happy with...Bayou Billy," or "While I loved Bubba, I am not happy with...Black Moon," or "While I loved Bubba, I am not happy with...Dial M for Mascara."
Over the years I've written a lot of different things. Consequently, they all got pooped out into electronic publishing at the same time. (What a wretched metaphor.) I've even tried to get things out under pseudonyms. The mysteries under C.L. Bevill. The paranormal romances under another one. The black comedy ones under another one. But when e-pubbing came around, I basically said, "I wrote them all and I'm not ashamed of my work, so take it or leave it."
But when the person above writes back and says, "I loved Bubba but then I read Book X and it was complete and utter poopoo. What were you thinking?" I say, "Didn't you read the description of the book?"
Did I sign a contract to make every book I ever wrote to read EXACTLY like Bubba and the Dead Woman? No, I did not. Don't get me wrong. I like writing Bubba. The characters are like best friends. I'm having a good time writing Bubba and the Missing Woman right now, but the next one I work on will probably be very different. That way, I'll enjoy the genre much more when I get back to a fourth Bubba.
Let me ask you readers. Do I have an obligation to be more specific in the book descriptions? Should I put in the description of The Life and Death of Bayou Billy: This book contains explicit language. The protagonist of the book is an asshat. It's black humor at its blackest. Corpses are stolen! Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria! (Wait, that's Ghostbusters. I think I need a Bill Murray fix.)
Rant, rant, de rant, ranty rant rant. (Hummed to the tune of Bonanza.) Rantety rant de rant rant. Rant. Rant. Raaaaannnt.
Answers to unasked questions:
1. Yes, I will continue to use potty language. I love the First Amendment.
2. Yes, the books will continue to be different, depending on what I'm feeling like writing.
3. Yes, there will be future Bubba books and I will follow the same vein that I've used before. Bubba is a good old boy who's smarter than the average Bubba and well, ya'll have to know that murders will continue to happen around him. Also he's got a hankerin' to rescue a cute little gal with green eyes.
4. Please, for the love of Bubba, read the descriptions of the other books before you download them. Possibly you will enjoy all of my works. Possibly you won't.
5. If you're easily offended by explicit language and a free thinking woman, don't download Dial 'M' for Mascara. Sex is included, even though it's supposed to be a parody of chicklits. Also one recent reviewer of this novel seems to think that I have a predilection for describing genitalia in it, (Hey, the main character's boobs played an integral part of the plot) so be warned.
6. If you're easily offended by coarse language, don't download The Life and Death of Bayou Billy. It will probably make you cringe. If you can't get past the first chapter then well, there ya go. After all, it starts out with an elderly madam reminiscing about Bayou Billy back in the day and the fact that he was such a handsome man and he possessed a long wee wee. (He didn't have Long Dong Silver beat, but it was all legend anyway.)
7. If you're easily offended by anything above, well, I suppose you shouldn't have read this blog.