What Stace had to say on Friday, July 15th, 2011
Here we go!

*drumroll* Downside book 5 is officially titled:


I’m really, really excited about it; I think it’s a great title, and I’m quite pleased with the book in general, and yay etc. etc.

Also, as I promised on Monday, Stellar Four has posted a big huge excerpt of the opening chapter of SACRIFICIAL MAGIC up on their site, as both a cool thing to do for their first-ever Urban Fantasy Week and as a thank-you to all of you; the winner of my Downside T-shirt in the L.A. Banks auction was one of the ladies from St4, and she wouldn’t have had to cough up anywhere near as much cash as she did if not for all of you amazing, generous, and awesome people. The excerpt will go up at around 11am PST, which is still a while away and I didn’t want to wait to do my blog post for today. So you can check back here–I’ll update the post when the excerpt goes up–or you can check back there directly.

Last night I got my first look at the cover art for SACRIFICIAL MAGIC. It made me very, very happy. I can’t wait to show it to you! Which I will do as soon as I can. It’s getting a few little tweaks here and there at the moment, so fingers crossed it’ll only be a few more weeks.

A small but interesting discussion has been taking place over whether or not authors should rate their own books at Goodreads/LibraryThing/B&N/Amazon/wherever else. I’m actually surprised the subject is still coming up; I thought it was rather obvious that rating one’s own books makes one look like a tool? (Yes, I know, I wasn’t going to discuss this stuff anymore, but this isn’t really a long discussion and there seems to be a consensus anyway. Of course, we’ll see how long it takes for “Stacia Kane says you’ll never ever get published if you rate your own books on Goodreads” to pop up.)

Rating one’s own books is one of those things you see recommended/mentioned a lot on the message boards of vanity presses, along with the usual other useless stuff like having your friends and family review and rate your books so it looks like lots of people love them. Or trading reviews with other authors from the same press, and having your book’s name in your reviewer handle/sig/whatever to attract attention to you and your books, too. The problem with all of these ideas is that readers aren’t stupid. A 5-star review from the book’s author is a red flag. That red flag gets even bigger when you add a few other reviews from people in the same geographic area (and/or with the same last name as the author), especially when those reviews tend to be rather shallow, like “This book is wonderful. I couldn’t put it down. What a beautiful story!” and nothing else. Like I said, I think readers are smarter than that.

It just looks bad, rating your own books. It’s tacky. It looks desperate. I’ve never seen an author I respect or admire do it; I’ve seen one or two I have the exact opposite feelings for do it. Anyone who tells you it’s a good idea is someone whose judgment should be questioned, thoroughly and comprehensively.

14 comments to “Here we go!”

  1. Mollie
    · July 15th, 2011 at 6:49 am · Link

    In addition to authors rating their own books. I hate when readers rate books preemptively. Like, they’ve loved the rest of the series so the automatically give it 5 stars before it’s published. Before ARCs even go out. Really irks me. So excited for more Downside!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Naomi
      · July 15th, 2011 at 6:56 am · Link

      This! I get very annoyed when I see people have rated books they haven’t yet read, either positively or negatively. It just makes them look dumb.

      • tori aka ggs_closet
        · July 15th, 2011 at 9:41 am · Link

        I agree. But in defense-I have added books in Goodreads to my TBR piles and sometimes when I hit the TO READ button, it rates the book 5 stars automatically. Strangest thing.

  2. April
    · July 15th, 2011 at 9:56 am · Link

    Yay 5th book!

    I thought it was rather obvious that rating one’s own books makes one look like a tool?

    I wish more authors would figure this out ASAP. It’s really, really tacky to do fake reviews on Amazon, but it is really just plain ridiculous when an author gives themselves 5 stars on GoodReads. I cannot even express how irritating it is when an author does that or how much it prevents me from even wanting to glance at their book.

    And although your books totally deserve many a 5 star rating, bless you for not ever giving them that yourself.

  3. Miss Bliss
    · July 15th, 2011 at 10:08 am · Link

    I think you said it all with “it makes you look like a tool” and “it’s tacky”. Sheesh…come on people. Totally excited about books 4 and 5!

  4. BernardL
    · July 15th, 2011 at 10:27 am · Link

    I agree. Rating a novel should never be up to the author. Great news on the series!

  5. Shiloh Walker
    · July 15th, 2011 at 1:07 pm · Link

    yay! Title! I want book! :-)

    On reviewing your own book? Geez, that’s never going to go away, is it?

    Some people aren’t worried about looking like a tool-they need to stroke their ego. They think it actually does some good.

    Others buy into the crap out there that it’s ‘necessary’ to do it. And that’s sad-there’s so much bad advice out there, it’s scary.

    I feel bad for the ones who get the bad advice.

    I can’t help but smirk a little at the ones who do it to stroke their own egos.

  6. Michele Lee
    · July 15th, 2011 at 5:02 pm · Link

    Awww :( You don’t respect or admire me? My illusions are shattered I tell you!! ;P Like I told Shiloh, I rated my own book a while ago when I put it in my books on GoodReads. I debated about it a lot, because like you I just think it’s cheesy when an author rates their book, and I don’t like it when a publisher does it either (on their professional account I mean. Personal accounts of individuals who work for a publisher don’t bug me at all.) I finally asked Twitter and the response was overwhelming that I should rate it because readers don’t want to buy a book the author doesn’t believe is outstanding. (Where as I thought if I didn’t think the book was outstanding I wouldn’t be submitting it in the first place…) So I rated it.

    But it always felt awkward and I ended up clearing out my rating a few months later. The response from reader, not authors, though was just so overwhelming. but then, they reader-writer dynamic does feel different on the reader’s side.

  7. Michele Lee
    · July 15th, 2011 at 5:03 pm · Link

    *groan* Please forgive my typos. I plead post-day job brain dead-ness.

  8. littlestrongheart
    · July 16th, 2011 at 7:26 pm · Link

    YES…I think March 2012 is too far away… :sad:

  9. littlestrongheart
    · July 16th, 2011 at 7:29 pm · Link

    Love the title for 5. And it is probably mentioned somewhere, but I have not seen it. Are they going to be released like the first 3? One a month for 3 months? I hope so.

  10. Katie
    · July 17th, 2011 at 11:45 pm · Link

    Stacia, so excited for #4 and #5!!! and thanks for sharing the bitty bits, it only makes me want more. I hope all is well with you guys waaaaay over there.

  11. Tyhitia
    · July 18th, 2011 at 11:59 am · Link

    Congratulations on the series, Stacia. 😉 Can’t wait to read more.

    I think it’s weird to rate your own work. Folks already know you loved it–since you wrote it. :roll:

  12. Aniko
    · July 27th, 2011 at 6:06 am · Link

    I’m a little late to the party, but just wanted to say that I LOVE the name of Downside book 5!


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