Fan Message Update: August I’ve just had a disturbing exchange of Tweets on Twitter. I’m not sure about the legal implications of repeating tweets or naming names on my website, so let’s avoid any potential copyright infringements by just giving you the gist of what was said.
Since June, this section of the website has included this sentence:I’ve decided to end the free giveaways. Instead, I am pledging Five Pounds to the STROKE ASSOCIATION in the UK for every Amazon.co.uk five star review on my bio-novel “never say I can’t”
This guy said I was bribing for reviews and actually said a lot more besides. He accused me of being sensitive - well there I have to agree. I am sensitive – even hypersensitive, but after fighting my way back from three major strokes, a heart condition and cancer scare, as well as those annoying but frequent TIAs, I reckon I’m entitled to be sensitive, don’t you?
Anyway, if you want to read the tweets, they will soon be lost amongst a myriad of others.
I just find it strange that what I see as benefiting charity, someone else should see as a bribe. I have always insisted on honest, independent reviews for my books. I’m told my working days are done, so I devote my time and efforts to helping others in anyway I can. Forgive me for being sensitive or hyper sensitive, but this attack on my altruism today has left me in tears.
Whatever. I’ll get over it, and yes, I am still pledging Five Pounds to the STROKE ASSOCIATION in the UK for every Amazon.co.uk five star review on my bio-novel “never say I can’t” – I still want honest reviews – if you don’t think the book warrants five stars, then give it less. It won’t cost you anything to be honest.
I know I’m sensitive about these things. I’m a stroke victim, and hypersensitivity goes with the condition, so yes, I’ll still be around to give free support, help, advice and guidance to other writers and artists wherever my limited abilities allow, but be patient for a day or two, being hypersensitive means I just need a tad longer to recover, that’s all.