In any case, when I do get a letter from a reader, complaining about mistakes, and they name the mistakes, I usually politely thank them, note the errors in my big list, and make sure I know to correct that in the next revision. I may not be able to correct each one right away because it takes a little bit of time to come back to the revisions. I'm just about wrapped up with all of my backlog. I have three more books to do. Dial M for Mascara, Missile Rats, and The Life and Death of Bayou Billy. These are my worst selling books, so I've taken my time on getting back to them. I usually offend people when they read Bubba and then they buy one of these and expect Bubba, so I warned people in the description of Bayou Billy, but for some reason, people aren't reading the whole description.
I don't mind people telling me they didn't like something I wrote. Thank God we have the right to do that, but it's the mixing up of grammar and objectivity that bothers me. English is hard enough as it is without throwing in the susceptibility of people to believe that if they think it is so, then it must be correct, and worse, it must be the only one that is correct. This is what is called subjectivity. When an editor tells me, for example, that I cannot use italics for when my characters are thinking, I'm inclined to ask, "Why not?"
I recently got a letter from Mark Coker, who is the CEO of Smashwords, about an event that was ongoing, and I wrote back to thank him for his efforts on behalf of indie writers. If it were up to mainstream publishers, none of the indies would have a voice, much less one that people want to argue with.
Okay then, I now shall dismount from my high horse and go back to writing Bubba and the Ten Little Loonies, for I have rules to break and grammar to fracture into teensy weensy wittle pieces.