Good morning and welcome to Monday Blogs. Today, we’re going to be discussing a disturbing trend, one that has caused a lot of pain for many authors.
Every author’s delight is sharing their cover art. It has a twofold purpose. First, you’re getting a glimpse of a book you’ve heard about for months as this author went through the final steps before submission or to prepare for self-publishing. You’ve waited with bated breath in anticipation of a cover that will be different from all others in that genre, will wow the world, and will leave you breathless with its beauty.
For a week, you’ve liked the author’s posts about this coming cover art. Their teasers about what it may look like. The hints that it may be good enough to win AUTHORSdb cover art contest. Your nerves are as stretched as this author’s when the long awaited day arrives.
Near noon, you see the cover come across your news feed on Facebook. You stop. Stare openmouthed. A feeling swells within you and you’re soon pounding out a message.
“That is the most awful cover I’ve ever seen. Who made it? A kindergartner?”
You even manage to post this before remorse takes over. Even though you have a microsecond to take back your words by deleting the post, you can’t move, just stare at those awful, heartbreaking words in shame or some people might even experience a bit of pride in their nasty act. In your eyes, this cover is the worst one ever created.
You make a move to delete the post, thinking you’ve managed to avoid anyone noticing your post, but before you can complete your action, the responses are coming in…
“What a jerk!”
“Who made you the cover art queen?”
All of those are directed at you and your unkind words. A private message comes up. It’s from the author. You’re being asked to avoid all of his/her posts in the future and just go away. Your bravado rises again. This person asked for opinions. Why are they so upset now? Once again taking a shot from the privacy of your phone or computer, you respond to the private message on the cover art.
“Wow. Like I can’t have an opinion? Like you think this is a book I’d actually buy with this nasty cover on it. I’ll gladly leave you alone.”
Before everyone can get on you again, because they’re obviously morons, you scroll on. That little voice in the back of your head demands that you undo what you’ve done. You ignore it but after a few minutes decide to apologize privately. You’re not going to give the losers following this author a chance to crow at your humble pie experience. Opening messenger, you discover the message from the author is gone. Refreshing your screen doesn’t bring back the message. You check your feed. There is no cover art from this author. In fact, you can find no posts from this person at all. Feeling a bit stalkerish, you go on over to their home page, but the search says it doesn’t exist.
As you’re beginning to wonder what’s going on, a new message pops up, from a mutual friend of the author.
“Dude, you blew it. She’s blocked you. Don’t bother apologizing. Don’t try to get back friends with her ever. Just go away.”
In an instant you’ve become a social media pariah. You and the author have known each other since you were in kindergarten. You thought she knew that you always voiced your opinion like you did. It takes a lot of time but you finally realize you’ve hurt a close friend with something she loved and humiliated her at the same time.
Quite simply, authors sweat their cover art from concept to final product. It’s as important to them as their story is. When someone bashes them publicly, they will back away from that person. There is nothing that can change the rift between you now. Time will not heal this rift. You will have to accept the wonderful relationship you had as buddies is over and will never reignite. Take this as a lesson learned and move forward.
About K.C. Sprayberry
Living a dream she’s had since she first discovered the magic of books. K.C. Sprayberry traveled the U.S. and Europe before finally settling in the mountains of Northwest Georgia. She’s been married to her soulmate for nearly a quarter of a century and they enjoy spoiling their grandchildren along with many other activities.
A multi-genre author, K.C. Sprayberry is always on the hunt for new stories. Inspiration strikes at the weirdest times and drives her to grab notebook and pen to jot down her ideas. Those close to her swear nothing or no one is safe if she’s smiling gently in a corner and watching those in the same room interact. Her observations have often given her ideas for her next story, set not only in the South but wherever the characters demand they settle.
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