Katiebabs is a self-proclaimed present day bluestocking with her head always in a book. She runs her own book blog called Babbling about Books and More!
I'm very, very sick right now so I am just posting a rant without links or screenshots, that will come later.
I am floored by the fact that no one seems to be thinking ahead. If Jay had left her KS up and she had gotten the money, what happens 3 months down the road? She has 14 books listed on GR and it seems they are not paying the bills. What would change in 3 months?
Bibliodaze has posted that Jay admitted to them on Twitter (now deleted) that Princess had sold 13 copies in stores. 13. I'm sure that since the clusterfuck has hit the fan that she has sold a few more but I doubt she is selling enough even after the rush to support "poor, poor Stacey".
So what happens in 3 months? What changes? Does she think that somehow this newest book will pull her out of the downward spiral? If 14 can't, I don't think 15 will either. A nd presumably she would want to continue to write so where does the next three months expenses come from?
Jay has been in the business fulltime for a decade and that is amazing and wondrous and something other Indies would give their blood and kidneys for. But everything changes and she got caught in change. She must have had The Talk with her agent or publisher before all this, I doubt it was a complete surprise.
What did she do to address the issue? It sounds like nothing. And that's her choice but she isn't alone in this, she has two kids to think about. It seems that she thought that we should be feeding them and keeping a roof over their heads. Well, isn't that what we are doing when we buy her books?
I would love to see where anyone, ANYONE said that she should work for free. She writes a book, we buy a book. THat's how it generally works. Now Jay wanted to have her expenses up front paid for not by a publishing house but by her readers. It didn't happen because she felt those of us who disagreed with her 3 month plan were somehow "vitriolic" or "bullying" or "tearing her apart".
What would happen in three months? Would she ask for another $10,500 for the next book? When would it end? And it would be of no benefit to Jay and her kids, somewhere she has to find a more stable source of income because, I am telling you and you know it's true, that sooner rather than later people would tire of supporting a seemingly able-bodied woman just because she feels that working and working at writing are not compatible.
I realize that after 10 years going back into the workforce is scary, it's damn scary at any time but putting it off and asking people who might be struggling themselves to keep you going is not a viable plan.
All those who are vilifying others for not jumping on the Jay bandwagon should be ashamed of themselves, no one here would let her kids starve. No one here would refuse to help an author in trouble.
But you must ask the question, what would have happened in three months?