It's been a long time coming, but I'm quitting writing.
Not just YA, but probably contemporary romance too.
After publishing almost twenty books, I'm tired of fighting against scammers, trolls, and against other authors who have no scruples.
I'm tired of asking for reviews, I'm tired of the lack of sales the lack of pre-orders and of spending thousands of dollars on advertising.
It has been extremely heartbreaking to realise the common denominator in all this is me and my writing.
Added to my frustration is to know that I have readers who like my work but don't place reviews.
On the flip-side, my detractors are more than willing to place negative reviews.
These are the last three reviews placed on three of my books. 2 romance 1 YA.
2.0 out of 5 stars Very confusing...
Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2020 (Release day)
I hate to leave negative reviews but this book was not good at all.
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2020 (3 days after release)
****, what are you writing? What an awful book.
1.0 out of 5 stars I tried
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2019
I tried so many times to pick this book back up and give it a chance. The baseline of the story is good. But it was just....boring.
Maybe if pre-orders and reviews from readers who like my work were coming in and people were willing to pay more than .99 cents for my books I could justify carrying on writing...
But they aren't and it's only getting harder to compete without compromising both quality and my integrity.
The romance market is swamped with scammers, authors writing things I won't, and I just can't compete.
If you do read high heat contemporary romance reply and are over 18 I'd be willing to share my other pen name with you privately.
It's been an incredibly difficult month for me both personally and professionally.
There have been many times over the years I've thought about quitting, but this time I can no longer find a good enough reason to carry on.
Thanks for your support over the last three years.
I do appreciate it.