In the indie author forums, authors talk about good and bad reader reviews, and new authors often ask about how to respond to the bad ones.
There’s a universal answer: Authors don’t reply to reviews, no matter what the reviewer says. You don’t offer explainers; you don’t try to set things straight.
The Gunners Trilogy has been my main project for years. Some of the themes and storylines started coming together a long time ago. I wrote an early draft of the Armin/Vanessa story over ten years ago, and thought about releasing it, but didn't.
Why not? Although I was (and still am) attached to the characters and storyline, I had a nagging concern about that early version of the story becoming "dated" too soon.
Calling mainstream fiction writers, indie or traditional: I’m setting up a new online group.
The focus of this group is intended to be on the practical part of things: strategies for getting published, marketing ideas, what works/doesn’t work for indie or traditional writers in the mainstream fiction space — which is to say, not genre fiction such as romance, fantasy, sci-fi, and so on.
That said, there are lots of blurry lines. I don't mean to exclude people who are partly in the genre space, but are writing mainstream fiction.
When I started working with an editor who also professionally checks typesetting of pages for book printing, I discovered a new set of things I didn't know about.
As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I keep a running QA list of things to check. Now I have a new section, for typography. Here’s my short list of typesetting things-to-check, and how I fix the errors and inconsistencies.
Recently there was a back-and-forth in a indie author group about whether or not to use the Oxford comma. Some of it was kind of funny. One person asserted that when she sees someone use the Oxford comma, she assumes it's someone over 60. I posted a link to a FiveThirdyEight post on a survey that showed that younger people prefer it by a wide margin over the 60+ group. So she said that's only a U.S. thing. Evidently in New Zealand, only old people use it.