HUSHED, the sequel to HUSH, coming November, 15th, 2014, and is now available for Pre-order.
(click on cover to pre-order)
The last time I posted anything on HUSH was back in November of 2013. After looking back – actually looking down behind this post – I expressed some issues regarding ratings and reviews.
Fast forward. . .
So far I have been accused of being ~
a sex offender
a sexually abused survivor
a person with a “sick imagination”
While I would genuinely love to state that I AM exactly all of the above I am actually far from it. In fact, I’m just a struggling writer/author who happened to write a book about an young naive American suburban girl thrust into the world of prostitution by the people she trusted. That’s it. Nothing more. Happily ever after, right?. . .Far from it!
For those of you reading this post, I am referring to my self-published novel “HUSH” which was released back in April of 2013.
The Good News about HUSH is:
it’s currently (not permanently) #1 on Amazon’s UK Best Sellers – 2 months running, I believe?. #1 on Amazon – on and off for the last month. #2 on Amazon CA, and #2 on Amazon AU, and has garnished almost 200 reviews.
The Bad News about HUSH is:
It’s been receiving it’s share of 1 & 2 Star reviews.
So far HUSH has been branded as:
a Piece of Crap
A Guide to Pedophile Porn
A Book about Porn
A Book Written by a Pedophile
And that HUSH is:
Full of Grammatical Errors
Writing Style is Awful
Words Don’t Exist in Dictionaries
Needs Serious Editing
Reads more like Fiction than Non-Fiction
HUSH obviously Written by a Teen
HUSH poorly written
Now for the reader(s) reading this post, all this negativity is enough to make any Indie author cringe, right? Of course. And believe me, I’ve done my share of the “15 second weep”. But in a nutshell, I really don’t mind the negative reviews because it just lets me know where my book is, and where it stands.
As a self-publisher I really can’t afford a $2000-$3000 Editor. And even if I did consider hiring a professional editor, my book will still suffer its share of spelling and grammatical errors as there is no absolute guarantee that the editor will make my book read 100% flawless. And as an avid reader myself, believe me, I’ve read many Best Sellers with their share of editorial mistakes. But I do try not to emphasize so much on the editor’s mistakes as I tend to emphasize more on the story telling of the book. Something I wished all Readers would emphasize on particularly with HUSH.
I will be the first to admit that when I first released HUSH, I really didn’t give much thought to how the book was presented both in style and grammar as I was just excited and overly anxious to get my book out there in the public mainstream. I didn’t realize that my “over anxiousness” would suffer HUSH’s consequences of grammar and spelling complaints. So in that I’ve learned a huge lesson. . .And so I say this to you, Indie author: Do Not Publish Your Novel “AS IS”. Take the time to read, and re-read and make all the necessary corrections prior to publishing no matter how anxious you are to get it published.
Now as with any and all books, Readers will either love your book or hate your book. And with this stated, there is no gray area here, and the same gray area also applies to HUSH. Because HUSH is such a touchy subject because it deals strictly with child/teen prostitution and sex-trafficking, and not everyone will like it. But for the ones that do, it will make reading HUSH all the more worthwhile.
Since Hush’s debut in April of this year, and despite the lack in Star Ratings & Reviews, HUSH has been listed in Amazon’s Top 100 Paid in Kindle store. Despite the fact that I view Hush more as a “curiousity factor” rather than an “interest” on readers’ behalf, I honestly do not mind. As long as Hush sells and people are reading it, that is good enough for me. Not bad for an Indie author in a sea of 3+ million authors!
Here is HUSH’s new cover
Well faithfull readers (and God I’m hoping that atleast somone was reading this story since its onset and not just hitting the “like” button?) of “Hush” the book is now (drum roll please) available in its entirety, both in paperback and in digital print. Yay (‘.’)/! I just got my print copy today and it’s detestable considering that it’s “self-published” and not traditionally published which I am REALLY aiming for some day, fingers crossed! I have a few more novels in the making (well not in the making “making” ’cause they’ve already been penned) but actually in the early stages of transcending into self-published novels as well. So in closing, and while I would really love to end this post with “Buy My Book, Please!” I won’t ’cause that would only be groveling. So I will just end this post with, “Hush is now available in Kindle and book form if you want to buy it.” There!
Back in February 2009, I completed a novel titled “Growing up Traffic” now re-titled “HUSH” about suburban teens subjected to prostitution by other suburban teens. Unfortunately this novel was not what some agents were looking to represent, and other agents who took an interest suggested that I tone down the novel as it was graphic and somewhat intense due to the nature that my MC is only 14 years old. But because I was reluctant to do just that, simply because I felt it would only take away from the premise of the novel itself, I decided to leave the novel “as is”. Since it has been sitting on my shelf (aka, flashdrive) I decided that I would either do one or the other: Self-publish or publish it here in 2 Chapter increments at a time, three times a week. So I’m going to do both.
Before I start publishing, a quick warning to the fainthearted: This novel does contain scenes of physical abuse, violence, drug abuse, kidnapping, child sex exploitation, and graphic scenes of rape, gang-rape and incest.
Your comments are welcomed, good or bad, and will post once out of moderation. I thank you for reading, and for allowing this piece to shine here.
Devlin De La Chapa
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