East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Authority Issues

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One of the best bits of being a writer (if on a part-time basis) and having access to the web is, I get very close to my readers.
I get feedback.
I get reviews.
I get shoutouts like “Bought it! Liked it!”

It’s the sort of stuff that really helps going on – even when sales are low and one can’t actually pay one’s bills with the money from the ebooks.

I also get a lot of suggestions.
About what I should write next.
About what I should have written differently in my last ebook.
About the next Aculeo & Amunet story.
About how I should hurry and write another because people out there are demanding more.

This is the sort of feedback that, while it causes me a little spark of pride, also awakens my contrarian attitude.
I value my independence a lot – it’s my desire of independence from external pressures that caused me to go the self-publishing way in the first place.
I hate it when somebody tells me to hurry – I normally do exactly the opposite.

As for suggestions – story ideas are everywhere, and while I can trade a few with some friends (of the “Good idea for a story, eh?” kind), I normally don’t like being told what to do next, and how.

The whole thing is unpleasant, because much as I cherish reader feedback, I often reactrather negatively to pressures and suggestions.
To the point that I drop what I’m writing whenever somebody tells me to hurry up and finish it.

I’ve some “authority issues”, as a colleague in Turin University observed oh, so many years ago.
In that case, the authority was the guy himself – or at least he felt he should be in a position of authority, and the fact that I did not like to take his orders sort of peeved him.
But that’s another story.

All this is just to say that yes, there are a few more Aculeo & Amunet stories coming in a short while – but not those that some of you guys out there told me they were so eager to read, and please hurry up.
I scrapped those.

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Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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