autumn_on_the_farm[1]Thanks for coming to my Deviantart site once in a while to look at what I do. You know I started a Deviantart account because there was this other art website that kept denying all of my artwork for display. It was always something stupid small like the blacks of my character’s eyes were too dark or something. They especially didn’t like my Amer-manga blend and furiously demanded I pick one or the other instead of being the representative of cultural exchange that I am. So I came here. And folks here are usually very nice. So thanks to folks who watch me, float through, and let me friend them back. Thanks DA for not being a place for snobbery. I grew as an artist partially because of this place. Thumbs up.

Thanks to folks who read my comics and follow the stories. Thanks to folks who buy my books, occasionally send donations, and ask me character questions while they wait for the next chapter. Without you there are a lot of bills I couldn’t pay.

Thanks to the folks who let me flat for them. It’s more than a job. It’s a puzzle.

Thanks to the folks who give me art advice and, most especially, decent conversation. Thanks to the folks who have been there for me in my darkest hours. Thanks to all those who were patient while I finally matured and got my head out of my ass like some ungrateful child.

And another thanks to the folks who are working today (like me!): because without you guys my husband couldn’t have picked up the food items we had nowhere to put. Not all of us have a freezer and full sized fridge. =^-^=

Happy Turkeys!

Chapter 7 – everyone’s reaction so far…

uploadI confess to being just a little bit bummed out by reader reaction to Chapter 7 so far. I mean, I descended into dark valleys and climbed rocky, freezing mountains while fending off various hoards of dragons, Vikings, and demonic cultures to bring it to the e-reader public at large. There was even a moment of weakness when I stood in front of that molten maw and thought to myself, “I don’t have to do this. I could just keep this story to myself forever.” But my plucky sidekick and damnably thin nemesis forced my hand to keep working.

And then I released chapter 7. I admit I was primarily thinking of the readership base on – one had even hunted me down wondering when the next chapter was coming out. With all the sales HB has seen there (most of them being free downloads, but that’s not the POINT) I thought for sure Chapter 7 would get a few reads, maybe a couple of good reviews, and a pat on the back.

What it got was two downloads that were immediately returned for a refund.

You know, I truly wish people wouldn’t do that. It’s wrong on so many levels. I know they’re not returning it because they didn’t like it – it’s Chapter 7. In order to even care enough about Chapter 7 to read it, they would have had to read up to Chapter 6 (which they probably returned immediately for a full refund). This means they’re following the story.

Yes, I put Heavenly Bride up to read for free on the internet. So you’d think “Okay then it’s okay for these people to use Amazon’s policies to read the comic for free.”  But it’s not okay.

First of all, it hurts Heavenly Bride’s ratings and standing on Amazon. It already has only half a chance of getting seen by potential HB lovers due to getting beat out by the big guys in a random search. Put Heavenly Bride into Amazon’s search bar. You might see one of my books. You’re definitely going to see a lot of material for Hand of the Heavenly Bride. Further down you’ll see a bunch of Christian book titles that may or may not read “Heavenly Bride” anywhere. HB doesn’t get that much of a mention. Every time someone returns their purchased copy for a refund, the system is told to avoid advertising that book. It’s a liability to the Amazon system.

Second of all – and I hate to say it – it’s theft. You’re hurting my ratings, you’re stealing my hard work, and you’re stealing from my future success. True, in the opening of each book I encourage you to share your copy for free. I don’t encourage you to steal the book and then share it for free. If you want to read it for free so badly, why can’t you just truck your ass over to the website and have a good gander? Give a girl some support with an internet vote and some good ratings? Why do you have to slap me in the face in the process?

And speaking of being slapped in the face – thirdly. Thirdly, it hurts my ego dammit. There I was all excited. Did people like it? Was there finally going to be a discussion buzz in the Amazon forum? Oh, no. People must hate it. Why am I doing this again?

And folks have the nerve to say they hate supporting webcomics because so few make it to the end. Well, some folks seem dead set on HB meeting a fatal end. Kind of like a self-fulfilling prophesy.