Who the hell are you that you felt like you could be mean and nasty to me? You don’t know me and you haven’t read my book, so I’d appreciate it if you’d keep your judgments to yourself. You don’t want to read my book? Fine. But don’t be nasty. Social media allows you to hide behind an avatar and you think it gives you license to be rude. It doesn’t. Shame on you for being so inconsiderate of another’s feelings. If you’re this rude in person, are you able to keep many friends?
Okay…I feel a little bit better now. You probably wonder what I’m ranting and raving about. Well…I paid for a media blitz campaign (that’s turning out to be a dud and not worth the money, but that’s beside the point). Throughout this campaign’s run, I’ve gotten at least one shitty comment a week from people who have no intention of ever reading my book. In case you’re curious, this is what the campaign is tweeting:
What if you discover the man you want is toxic? A true rock romance just for you. Get your copy NOW! http://dld.bz/dNqwD @JadeCJamison
Yes, dear readers, some of you have probably guessed that it’s advertising Bullet. For a nominal fee, I thought, “Why not? What can it hurt?” Well…little did I know it could hurt my feelings. People are rude! Here’s the tweet I received from a complete stranger (let’s call her @SnottyBitch) that prompted the rant above:
@JadeCJamison ugh sex with a few of them? One is enough. The story is toxic. Summary scan made me ill. No tks.
Um…okay. First off, the book blurb says nothing about the heroine having “sex with a few of them.” If you don’t remember (or haven’t read it yet), this is the blurb for the “toxic story” known as Bullet:
An Epic Rock Star Novel
What if you discover the man you want is toxic?
She tasted a little bit of heaven with him, and now they’ve gone through hell and back, but can their relationship take anymore?
Valerie Quinn is a naïve college freshman when she meets on-the-rise rock star Ethan Richards. He’s an idealistic, handsome, reckless young man, but he’s captured her heart. She doesn’t give up on him and eventually his walls crumble down. By the time Valerie has given herself to him completely, she discovers he’s damaged and may be beyond help. Can she save Ethan and their relationship before he implodes, or will he self-destruct and take her with him?
So, in spite of what she said, whatever she read was not a “summary” scan—she probably read some of the spoiler-laced reviews. But let’s tackle the bigger issue here. Sex. We are not living in the fucking 1800s, folks. This is 2015. You can play prim and proper virgin all you want, but be honest here. How many women do you know (TRUTHFULLY—and include yourself!) who have only ever had sex with one man their whole lives? Even the most uptight religious women I know have had sex with more than one guy. Does that make them sluts? No (not that I would judge them). Does that make them toxic?
Dare I say it?
So, snotty bitch, keep your fucking opinions to yourself. I had half a mind to tweet this to you. I stewed about it all day long and then decided to be the bigger person. Ha. I’m letting my blog serve as therapy.
I’d like to believe that my actual readers are a whole hell of a lot more open-minded and less judgmental. And I guess I should consider myself lucky that @SnottyBitch didn’t read my book. Imagine the nasty review I would have gotten for my “toxic” story. Well, guess she’d better go back to reading Harry Potter and Dr. Seuss (oh, I hope she doesn’t learn about J.K. Rowling’s racy book!!!). 😀
Peace out, friends, and thanks for listening.