“Great article, Melissa. You cover many valid points. What the general public fail to appreciate is the incredible amount of time and money it costs to pen a novel, let alone self-publish and self-market it. I refuse to sell myself short and succumb to the 99 cent pressure. My novel just won an award, and the reviews are favorable. That should speak volumes. I spent one year writing and editing my first novel and another year publishing it and marketing it, and have invested over $60,000 in it. Not including lost wages for time I could have been doing something income generating. For people to expect independent authors to give away their work is ludicrous. When was the last time you went to the dentist and got a free root canal, or when did you go to Starbucks and just get a free latte, because that's what you wanted it for? Readers need to appreciate the investment the author is making. I'm sure there are times when investing more than 99 cents in an independently published work is a disappointment, but that's where doing your due diligence and researching the author comes into effect. If you do your homework, you're not going to feel ripped off. Certainly not in the case if this author.”
greengeekgirl on Nov 5, 2012 at 01:20:11
“"What the general public fail to appreciate"
Mm, we know it takes a long time. We don't really care, though, when it comes to parting with our money. Just because you decided to write a novel, it doesn't entitle you to my cash. Your lost wages? Not my problem. Your hard work? Not my problem. Your huge investment? Not my problem.
I go to Starbucks and pay for a latte because I want a latte and their price point is reasonable for what I get. I don't pay $3-5 dollars for a beverage because they worked so hard to put it there for me. They do their best to make me want to return again and again by offering a superior product and excellent customer service. I also know, logically, that if I don't pay enough, they will go out of business. Because I want them to be there to serve me coffee, I don't complain about the price. THAT is why I don't expect a free latte. I treat it like a business--do authors?
Readers don't "need to appreciate" anything. I don't buy books at 99 cents because the likelihood of them sucking is much higher. If I buy your book at a higher price point and it's not at least as good as traditionally-published authors at the same price point? I'm going to feel ripped off no matter how much you worked on it.”
MelissaFoster on Sep 26, 2012 at 17:04:30
“Hi Lennie, sorry I'm so late on replying. I agree - and here's the other thing authors who are pricing at 99 cents don't understand. It is the authors who created the NEED for 99 cents. Indies have undervalued enough to cut their own throats. Follow up article to come...”
“I think that 200 women is a VERY small sample, and from my own polling I've found that most women today try to convince themselves they do not need/want marriage... they see marriage as dependency and a weakness (which I personally think is foolish). Women's lib did a lot to confuse and hurt women, because they have imposed unrealistic expectations on themselves. I think it's the savvy women who realize marriage is a good thing. And, I think there is also still a stigma to being single past a certain age as a woman. The most important thing about marriage is going into it for the right reasons... so there is the most chance for success.”
“Agreed. If you ask me women's lib failed women in so many ways... there are reasons we are different sexes and have different attributes. We should embrace that rather than fight it. I'm all for marriage. I'm still looking for a worthy candidate :)”
May 22, 2012 at 03:22:03
“I was shocked and a bit disheartened that none of the radio stations in Los Angeles paid tribute to Robin Gibb. It was as though the BeeGees had no importance in our lives. In fact, they spanned several decades of singing and songwriting. Their sound was so unique. It's terribly sad to see the icons of our generation fading away at such early ages. First Farrah Fawcett (62) and Michael Jackson (51) in 2009 and now Donna Summer (63) and Robin Gibb (62). It is a travesty. May they all be honored and remembered forever in our hearts and on our music players and radio stations”
“And even if divorce laws were "hard and fast" there is still room to challenge. I know someone who has a prenup whose wife has been challenging clause after clause of the prenup for 3 years just to run up legal bills in hopes he'll die from stress. She would go from lawyer to lawyer and start all over. The judge finally intervened and is forcing them to settle.. but it's cost well over $1,000,000 in legal fees. Outrageous.”
“Oop didnt finish that... And possibly a duration of time. I know someone in LA who had been getting a divorce pr over 3 years with a prenup and has racked up over 1 mil in legal fees. If you ask me these lawyers are criminals. someone else I know is paying $700/hour per side. Crazy. But more the matter is why any woman would be foolish enough to waste that kind of time and money in attorney fees when it can all be seted civilly in mediation. Why prolong the drama and pain. My folks lived in Canada and their divorce took 3 weeks and cost $10,000. That makes sense!”
concerned tax payer on Mar 24, 2012 at 11:17:10
“Guns and bullets are cheaper”
Bold Err on Mar 22, 2012 at 17:18:42
“Divorces are so expensive and last so long because the laws are so vague and unfair. If there were alimony and property division guidelines as there are child support guidelines, there would be no divorces that last three years.
This is *why* they came up with hard and fast child support guidelines in the first place. People used to spend years in court wrangling over how much child support would be paid. Now there is no argument, because it is a uniform formula. Now, people argue about property and alimony. If these things were determined by formula, the lawyers would go out of business.”
Nov 14, 2011 at 14:00:05
“She needs more than an acting coach. She needs therapy. Who fakes a wedding just so she doesn't look undesirable by her fans. Well, that's Hollywood. Lots of fake marriages to keep the naive general public believing these celebs are perfect. If they are not using their status to better the world they should not be in the media.”
learnsomething on Nov 14, 2011 at 14:10:32
“Her relationship with Reggie Bush was a sham too. He has said, she is not his type.”
“I think you're the one that made it a gender issue. I don't know Nora Roberts, but reading 2 novels does not make one an expert, particularly if it's just one author. I'd suggest reading Candace Bushnell, Lauren Weisberger, Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffen, Pam Houston, and Gigi Levangie Grazer prior to making a generalization about a particular genre. But, hey, that's just me... I like to make informed comments.”
macgyver51 on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:04:12
“Sorry, I didn't know I was going to have to list what I've read to gain credibility. For what its worth, I've read Bushnell, Weiner, and Houston. I understand you're going to defend your genre, even if its base and shallow. Me, I'll Stick with modern authors like Roth, Morrison, McCarthy, and McCullers.”
“"More and more couples are choosing open marriages-- that is, marriages in which they spouses agree that being sexual with someone outside the marriage is okay." I think that more and more couples are experiencing something on the side, I don't think it's often a mutually agreed upon arrangement, or women wouldn't be so up in arms about infidelity. It is my belief that loyalty and infidelity are different things.. a man can be a good father, great husband, loyal partner, and have sex elsewhere. Most men don't view sex to be anything more than sex, but women have issue separating sex from love, so they feel betrayal when a man gets satisfied elsewhere. A recent article on sexting in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/17/fashion/women-are-more-likely-to-sext-than-men-study-says-studied.html has Dr. Kholos Wysocki perpexed as to why people are staying together and cheating. That's a no brainer. It's because divorce law is out of control. If legislation would step in and take the business out of divorce, more people would be getting divorced and there would be less infidelity. No brainer.”