Any questions?? 😀
It was a Saturday and lunchtime was approaching. My husband, lying on the sofa, would soon demand food…
A peek in the fridge determined that he would have portabella mushroom sandwiches with chipolte mayo…and he would like it.
1 pkg Portabella mushrooms
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Fresh cracked black pepper
2-3 Chipotle peppers
1 cup Mayonnaise
Mix EVOO, salt & pepper together. Brush on mushroom caps. Heat a skillet to medium and pan fry mushrooms, starting with the smooth side down. Cook for about 3-4 mins per side, pressing down on caps with spatula to release juices.
Mix 1/3 cup mayo with 1-2 chipotle peppers (pick your heat levels, I use 3 but I like it spicy). Chop peppers finely and then mix with mayo.
Put it together:
Toast potato bread and then spread on chipotle mayo. Put one-two mushrooms per sandwich, covered with 1 slice provolone cheese. Add slices of avocado and salad greens. Slice in half and serve.
One of the things about Goodreads that causes a lot of drama is the rating system. Goodreads allows readers to rate books at any time (even prior to release) – which is great in my opinion, since it allows for geographical flexibility as well as ease of cataloging. Here’s the thing – a lot of authors and their fans have a problem with any low rating – especially if it is prior to the official release. The Goodreads Feedback group is full of people whining about low star ratings. If the ratings are high, no one cares. If the ratings are low…authors and/or their fans rush to the Goodreads Feedback or Librarian groups to complain and demand the ratings be removed.
Of course, you never hear about an author or their fans complain about early 5 star reviews…until now.
Let’s examine the book page for the highly anticipated third book in Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles, Doors of Stone:
There are several interesting things about this book page:
~ The book has not been completed.
~ There is no [official] blurb for the book.
~ There is no publication date.
~ The book has been added and highly rated by 693 people – which means Doors of Stone has an average rating of 4.69. For a book without even a tentative publication date!
~ 132 people have written reviews for Doors of Stone.
Normally, authors and their fans completely ignore these kind of ratings (since the ratings are popular).
And then there’s Pat Rothfuss. Damn. This man knows how to make people spend money.
Wow. I’m loving the point he’s making, the humor AND the fact that he made a few geeky references. I love the fact that he doesn’t want false praise. 😀 Here’s an author that I can respect, appreciate, and spend my money on.
“I’m not a businessman, I’m a BUSINESS, man.”
-Jay Z, Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix), Late Registration (Kanye West Album), (2005)
I call this post “The Art of Losing Sales” because it was inspired by an author cutting the monkey fool in a Goodreads thread. Unbeknownst to that author, I had just decided to buy some books by him. After watching him cut up online, I decided my money was better in my pocket as I no longer trusted the author’s brand (or behavior). I mistakenly told the author that he had lost a sale due to unprofessional commentary and he informed me that he wasn’t a “business person” or a “professional” but a writer! and an artist! who wasn’t bound by the horrible nature of business.
I’ve been watching Goodreads implode lately. Mostly just reading the threads without commenting as I’m weaning myself off of the site. I think there’s something…different and somewhat enlightening about reading the commentary without the intention of commenting myself. I feel that it makes me think more – pay more attention to how I feel about the subject instead of what I feel about a subject…if that makes any sense (in the area of think, not speak).
So, I’ve been reading a lot at GR without actually commenting. It’s worked well for me so far.
I was recently reading a thread about a rather controversial Goodreads topic: Should authors comment on reviews about their own books and should reader-reviewers have the option to disallow author comments on those reviews. This is a subject that gets a lot of Goodreads members rather…emotional. There’s a long and rather trifling history about author comments on GR reviews so the subject gives both readers and authors the feels about this subject.
My opinion: I agree with some parts of both sides of the argument. I do think that author commentary can stifle discussion quite often but I’ve also seen author commentary foster discussion. Honestly, it all depends on the personality of the author. Some authors can and do maintain a high level of interaction with readers while still being professional and keeping their “author mystique.” Other authors completely lose their shit at the first hint of any type of dissenting opinion and/or critical commentary. It makes sense – we’re all human.
But the topic made me think…
Why don’t all authors think of themselves as a business and a brand? The name on the front of the book IS the brand (and happens to be the name of the author). Do (some) authors not realize that – like Jay-Z quoted above – if a consumer does not like a brand they will not support that brand? Each and every author is their own brand, like Jay-Z…or Michael Jordan.