Well, I’ve been on an amazing honeymoon. I’m still here, I fly home tomorrow. It’s been the most amazing two weeks of my life. However, in my absence, something has come to my attention. Something that’s been blown out of context. Now, this isn’t an attack, this is me saying my piece about the issue because I haven’t had a chance to until now. I’m on holiday for crying out loud! : )
First of all, my previous post – A Moment of Reflection – was my way of apologising to the readers for engaging in any ‘underhanded plots’ or anything that may be deemed unhealthy to an authors career. I am aware that this happened, – past tense – and I apologised to many people, and I stand by that apology. This also means I no longer participate in such activities. Done, finished. Review swaps, these are in the past, I no longer do these. I was advised to use them and realised the error of my ways. Just to clear up one thing, I have NEVER purchased a review. Not once. For some reason, people thought I did…this has never happened and never will. I said I would be honest going forward and I meant it.
Second of all, there’s been some hassle with one of my reviews this week, posted by my loving, adoring wife, for All or Nothing. She wasn’t aware that she has to stipulate she is my spouse on the reviews. This has now been rectified, through Goodreads Moderators – above board, basically – and all is okay. The same has been applied to my novella, The Customer Is Always…, same issue, she wasn’t aware that she had to declare it. She also set her account up in her nickname (Neil) and her maiden name (Cox). This, again, has been rectified to save any miscommunication. This wasn’t me playing the system, it was a simple error made on her part. She wasn’t trying to deceive anyone, this was simply the fact she doesn’t use Goodreads that much and didn’t think it would be harmful in any way. I have no control over my wife’s actions, I’m not that type of husband, and I don’t monitor her book taste or reading choices. What she does on Goodreads is up to her. This is now rectified, and the issue closed. Goodreads, I thank you for making this process simple and easy .
Finally, because of the above, people seem to think I am underhanded. I’m not. I’m an honest chap. The above actually knocked me for six. Yes, I did some stupid things, – we all do, we’re human – and I apologised for them. There may have been some issues with names or whatnot, but this was a simple error on a third-party’s part. Did I hide anything from anyone? No, I didn’t. There’s two sides to a story and this, the above, is my side of events. After all, it’s taken two blog posts now, I’m hardly hiding. My reviews, good or bad, come from legitimate readers, people who interact with me on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter and anywhere else the web will allow. I don’t force anyone to buy my books and I do appreciate anyone who does. Did you like it? That’s your choice, I will never attack anyone for reading my book and having an opinion – it’s your God-given right to say what you want – and venting this wherever you want.
In closing, basically, I want to put this issue to rest. For me, going forward, I’ll earn reviews and praise – good or bad – in a legitimate way. Now, some people won’t let this go, and some won’t believe me; that’s fine, but for me, this issue is put to bed. Don’t expect a reaction from me because I know I’ve done something ‘unsavoury’ and I apologised for it. I admitted my mistakes. Let sleeping dogs lie. I have writing to do, for books and fans, who want to see me succeed and will support me in doing so. They know the real me, the honest me, the author who sleeps 4 hours a day to make his career happen and has worked his arse off to make this a possibility. My writing is honest and I ask you to respect that going forward. Whether you do or not, is your choice, but I thought you should at least hear my side, which isn’t as convoluted or sinister as some may think.