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Why I Will Never Ever Buy Your Book – A guest blog… or rant, by Author Kayti Nika Raet

I’m going to be Crabby Kayti today. Crabby Kayti is snarky. You may want to back away.
I don’t normally talk about these things because I’m a bit of a social media hermit who manages to miss all the drama in the indie author universe (thank goodness! That’d be a lot of popcorn to pick out of my teeth XD).
But since I’ve been on facebook, twitter, tumblr etc for a couple of years I’ve started to acquire a LIST OF THINGS THAT ANNOY ME.
Yep. This is a rant. Enjoy.

 

1 Don’t post on my freaking wall.

I’m sure your book is interesting. Really. I mean, you only have five stars reviews up there. It was so good that people who have never posted a review in their life made sure that their only review was of your 628 page masterpiece.
Brilliant, mindblowing, piece of literature, I’m sure.
But since you slapped your Crayola cover on my facebook wall within five seconds of us being ‘friends’ (them copy/paste skills are on point!) I have no interest of ever reading, promoting, or making sweet sweet love to your book.
Ever.

2 Auto DMs make my eyes twitch.

No. I will not ‘buy my book’. I don’t care if it’s free.
And while I’m aware that not every auto-DM on Twitter is like that, I’ve gotten so many that were that they’ve become painted with the same brush. And they bury the legit DMs I get from friends. Grrr.

3 WHY is there porn in book advertisement groups?

Whyyyyyyy? And it’s really gross looking stuff too. I swear I can feel the malware just oozing out of that screenshot.
I have fun reporting them. Well, until the facebook review comes back and says it’s not in violation of their rules for some reason.
Um, k.

4 How did you get my email address?

Okay. I know how you got my email address. It’s not that hard to find.
But when I get an email out of the blue asking my to buy your book, support your… whatever, or check out that writer thing your selling, I’ll view the email the same way I would the one telling me where to find sexy Russian brides.
And if I get a follow up email asking me what did I think of the product you spammed me with….

5 Do I know you?

Everything really comes down to this. Social media is about being… social? It’s a great way to network and find other authors for the purpose of… socialization? You can learn really cool stuff when you’re… social?
You see the trend here.
I cannot share inside jokes with ‘buy my book’. When I want to create a facebook event to promote people that I (wait for it…) socialize with? that spam message doesn’t even cross my mind. When I’m looking for new great books to read ‘buy my book’ gets translated to ‘don’t ever touch THAT one’.
You’re shooting yourself in the foot with the whole ‘buy my book’ thing. Let me get to know YOU and since you’re so obviously cool, your book must be a reflection of that.

*deep cleansing breath*

I definitely needed to get that off my chest. Let’s say goodbye to Crabby Kayti for now (yes, she’s funny, I know, but she can’t stay). I should let everyone know, despite unleashing my inner grump puss I genuinely like promoting other authors and helping readers find new books. Just don’t be a dick.

:)

By the way, buy my book. ????

 

I had the pleasure of interviewing Kayti Nika Raet this week. Kayti is the author of  the YA series The Outsider Chronicles, a five book series to which the first three are currently published.10659400_298202547035793_9011333378634101133_n

Looking at your books on Amazon, I see that you currently have three books published in a series called The Outsider Chronicles. Tell us a bit about this series and why it would appeal to your target audience?

Hi! Thanks for having me. The Outsider Chronicles is a five book YA dystopian series featuring a badass girl with a baseball bat and set in a world of acid rain and flesh eating monsters.

It starts of with Niko, the main character, searching for her brother, who went missing after a devastating fire. From that small goal the series expands to touch on things like genetic modification and classism.

As a dystopian, it leans more to the action horror side of the genre, but there are some sci-fi elements and quite a bit of romance.

I’m guessing the same person did the cover art for all three books. Can you tell us about who designed it and why you went with those particular images?

I’m lucky enough to have an artist for a sister! Hana Kura has done all my covers. I try to have them showcase a particular mood or scene from each book, while the color red ties them all together. I’m hoping for something that fits the dystopian genre but stands out at the same time. My sister has created three covers so far, and she’s working on the fourth one right now. I’m really excited about it.

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Other than writing, do you have any other talents or hobbies?

I mostly like to write, but I do a lot of reading, dabble in photography, and occasionally create a new outfit to wear. I think 90% of my brain is dominated by writing though!

Give us an interesting fun fact about your book series.

NOTE:  Here are some links to my fun facts blog post.

http://kaytinikaraet.com/2014/06/02/bones-roses-and-random-things/

http://kaytinikaraet.com/2014/09/19/wet-moons-and-firetraps/

These are always fun! I’ve actually made a list of fun facts for Niko and Harm, but I have yet to post something about Outsider, book 3.

1) The first draft of Outsider was finished before I published Niko. It was a personal goal of mines and I almost didn’t make it!

2) Alice and Zenith, two new characters in Outsider, where originally going to be named Alyss and Zen. At first they were twins, then they were a couple, then finally, I settled on brother and sister. They’re super fun to write (I love snarky people) and the kind of characters you’ll love to hate.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

For the most part. Though other things might grab my attention, I’ve always gravitated towards writing.

Are you working any anything new? A fourth book in the series?

I’m working on the fourth book in the series right now. I’m in the editing stage. It’s called Monster, and I plan on releasing it July 18th.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: http://kaytinikaraet.com/

Blog: http://writebitches.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaytinikaraetbooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KNRwrites

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kaytinikaraet/

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1fb2cR7

Smashwords: http://bit.ly/1IDVehs

Book Links:

Niko: http://amzn.to/1u5sFAe

Harm: http://amzn.to/1s9Nbz0

Outsider: http://amzn.to/1w3tP3H

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1uWYEpr

What advice would you offer to people just starting out in the book writing business?

Don’t be a hermit! Make writer friends! Don’t expect your book to be a bestseller right out of the gate. Have a social media platform in place before you hit ‘Publish’. Don’t stress. Have fun. Always learn.

I see that you are active on social medias. Which one do you like best for promoting yourself as an indie author?

Twitter has been really good for me. You just have to make sure you’re engaging and doing more than screaming ‘buy my book!’ I retweet a lot of stuff that I hope my followers will enjoy, and I use a tool called Roundteam to make sure that I catch most of my followers tweets and share them.

I’m slowly getting the hang of Facebook. I’ve had an author page for about 6 months, I use it pretty much in the same way that I use twitter. I try to share interesting and fun book related memes as well as sharing photos of fans who brought a physical copy of Niko. It’s been more fun than I’ve expected.

I also have a blog and tumblr account, which I need to be on more, and a youtube account where I review (fangirl over) books.

Basically, I’m everywhere!

You see quotes from books all the time online. Give us a memorable quote (or snippet) from one of your books.

Are you sure you want me to do that? I might get quote happy. I love making these things, but I’ll restrain myself and post just a few (five counts as a few, right? Oh well, it does now!)

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