A few things have happened over the last couple days that have really, really got my goat. Two of them in particular have left me dumbfounded, and rather angry. I understand that sharing my feelings might annoy some of you, might even lose me some readers, and might even lose me some contacts, however things are really coming to head.
First off, Ginger Nuts of Horror and many other websites out there like mine exist to help promote authors, we generally don't do this for any personal gain. We spend hours hunched over a computer out of a love for the horror genre. We want to via the use of our horror websites to give something back to the horror community.
We are however not here TO DO THE WORK FOR YOU. Seriously I'll do whatever I can to promote your work, I'll tweet, share, recommend anything you send me. Hell if I see your book in a bookshop I'll move it to prominent site in the shop. But what I won't do for you is do your work.
So when you send me a press release for your book that solely consists of the cover of the book, then when asked if you have actually have a press release for it your reply is
"OH, I THOUGHT YOU DID THAT"
Your going to be told exactly where to go. Especially when you then reply
BUT ISN'T THAT YOUR JOB!
No it's not my job to write copy for you. If you want me to write copy, then I'll gladly do it if you want to pay me. I won't do it for free. You need to understand that the horror community is one of the smallest genre communities out there. It doesn't take much for word to spread around if you act like a dick.
Please if you want any horror website to help you, you have to stop treating us as slaves. We are a nice bunch of people, we like help, we just don't like being taken for a ride. Unless you are taking me and the kids for a nice day out.