All Talk and No Action

United States
September 6, 2017 4:50pm CST
Earlier I was talking to my dad, and he happened to mention that he ran into an old classmate of mine at his job, who kept going on about what a good writer I am and how I need to get my work and name "out there." I recently got in touch with this former classmate, before that I hadn't seen her since high school. I know she hasn't bought any of my books because I haven't sold any copies since we reconnected. So really she has no idea if I'm a good writer or not, outside of the posts she sees me make on social media. This is something I encounter a lot. People love to tell me how I need to get my work/name out there, but they can't be bothered to actually support my work by buying a copy themselves. You know the best way to help an indie author make a name for themself? GASP! You buy their books! I know, I know, such a foreign concept! My work is out there already. It's just not well known. If all the people I know in real life actually bothered to support my work (and then leave a review or tell others about it if they enjoyed it,) rather than give me unsolicited, vague advice on how I should mysteriously get my work "out there," maybe that would change. Sorry for the rant, that's just something that always gets my goat.
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@Courtlynn (66422)
• United States
7 Sep
You are right! She should first buy and read before she says anything at all. Nevermind the get it out there comment when it is out there and she hasnt helped by buying. Ugh.
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• United States
7 Sep
People like that just really irritate me. My boyfriend's family say that sort of stuff a lot but never buy copies of my books or bother to tell people about my work, when word of mouth can be an indie author's best friend. Not that I expect everyone to run out and buy my books, but if they're going to open their mouths about how I need to work harder to get my work known...then it ticks me off.
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@Courtlynn (66422)
• United States
7 Sep
@Srbageldog trust me, I get it. I'd be pissed too.
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@mandala100 (45858)
• Hong Kong
6 Sep
@Srbageldog I understand you on this my friend and you really have a valid point.
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• United States
6 Sep
Thanks @mandala100. People like this irritate me and I just needed to vent. :)
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@mandala100 (45858)
• Hong Kong
8 Sep
@Srbageldog It's good that you are able to let it out my friend.
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@andriaperry (52898)
• United States
8 Sep
Its okay to rant. we all need it.
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• United States
8 Sep
Nothing makes me feel better like a good rant.
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@vsai2008 (7689)
• India
8 Sep
Some people really like to talk even if they are not familiar with things, your title fits them perfectly, all talk and no action. Such people brag and give free pieces of advice even if the other person is not interested, They really annoy me It's okay to rant, I can understand what you are feeling
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• United States
9 Sep
Thank you. Yes, people like that are very annoying. They must always run their mouth even though they don't even know what they are talking about.
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@vsai2008 (7689)
• India
9 Sep
@Srbageldog Some talk just for the sake of talking but some are pure annoying, I agree
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@jstory07 (68185)
• Roseburg, Oregon
8 Sep
You can rant on here anytime you want to.
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• United States
8 Sep
Thanks.