Published on 19 September 2020 by Kyla R.
Note: This blog post will be one in a part of a series. From time to time when I feel like something I experience as an author needs to be shared, I will post and share it on my Instagram. Until then, enjoy!
I’ve had enough people in my Instagram direct messages asking me the same question thousands of times to the point where I’ve wondered if they realize that I’m even human. Instead of going on my page, looking at the Q&A posts I make, or glancing through my highlights, I have to get disappointed from seeing another message that I get daily. But as an author, I knew I had signed up for this.
The hate. Oh god, the hate. That was one thing I was not completely prepared for. Especially for stories that have been completed or stories I wouldn’t take another glance at for another year. Readers are readers, and authors are authors. We are different for good reasons. If every reader could be an author, we probably wouldn’t have that many readers out there in the first place.
I don’t only receive hate mail through my fan mail, but on other platforms such as the Episode forums or Reddit. Sometimes someone will have the audacity to direct message me their complaints. I wonder if these people even realize that I also have other things to worry about? That I don’t usually get riled up because of a fictional story with a fictional story line? But instead I get about a message or two a week that is paragraphs long as they explain their distaste for my story or my work. The work that I put my heart and soul into for so many hours, only to create around one-hundred chapters of online content.
If anyone reading this knows me personally, you’d know that I am a total Slytherin. Slytherin all the way. I don’t think softies could make it as an Episode Interactive author. Being an author for a public story making application instead of writing articles online or getting paid to write something is different. No one there has the need to let you know they disagree and dislike your line. But instead, episode authors have to deal with hate on every platform possible. You, as an author, are just expected to deal with it. The truth is, if you can’t handle the repetitive questions, the annoying rude remarks, or the threats, you probably shouldn’t be on social media. Don’t make a public writing account if you’re not prepared for these things.
The other day, I had a little bit of an argument with someone in the Episode community about the types of messages authors gets about updates. God, trust me. I know it’s so annoying, and it is annoying for sure. The Episode Interactive app audience spans from children in their pre-teens (around 11-12 years old) to ladies in their late thirties or above. You’d think only the younger children would be the ones causing problems, but you couldn’t be more wrong. There are plenty of older ladies who love to cause drama for seemingly no reason and attack even those younger kids. I understand wanting to teach the children how to properly act, but let’s face it, children don’t really have the mental capacity to understand how to be mature just yet. Great if you did when you were their age, but not everyone is you.
Us authors (at least me) get Instagram accounts to be part of the community and so that we can spread out story reach to new readers. It can also be partly to get that feedback we want—hoping that is it good, of course. Be prepared to get feedback you don’t like. And if you aren’t, think about if social media is a good idea for you and your brand.
Thanks for reading this week! This is a bit of a rant and something I wanted to share for some readers to better understand what us authors go through, but also for some authors. Remember to be kind to your readers and readers, please be kind to your authors. I hope you guys have an awesome week! 🙂