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Allow Me To Re-introduce Myself

25 Mar

What’s up, world?  I come to you today after having spent the past 5 weeks reviewing everything that I’ve done as an author.  I’ve looked at my sales, I’ve reviewed where my books have ranked on bestsellers lists, and I even checked the activity on my Facebook fan page dating all the way back to my very first post as Author W.S. Greer.  We’re talking about 2 years and 5 books.  It’s a lot to look at and think about.  So, I’ve been quiet, but I’ve been thinking .  I’m so thankful and proud of what I’ve been able to do up to this point.  The 5 books that I’ve put out so far have been a dream come true because I absolutely love writing.  Seeing them all together is truly gratifying.

 

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We’re talking about 4 books that hit the bestsellers list on Amazon in one way or another.  Every book after Frozen Secrets has hit the erotic suspense and erotic thriller bestsellers lists on Amazon, and the 3 Carter books hit up to #2 on the interracial bestsellers list.  My newest book, Defending Her, peaked at #14 on the erotic suspense list.  It’s something I’m very proud of.

But, when Defending came out and I tracked the sales and the bestsellers rank on Amazon, I really started to feel a sting of disappointment.  Hitting a bestsellers list in any capacity is something to be proud of, but I realized that I’ve been selling out.  I’ve been doing it wrong, and I’ve been struggling to find my identity as an author for 2 years straight.  I love all of my stories, and I’m proud of them all, but I’ve been holding back.  I haven’t been being myself.  I’ve been trying to be politically correct and trying to avoid drama, and I’ve been trying to do things that I’ve seen other (more popular) authors do, thinking “Well, this is how they do it.  This is how authors do it.  This is how so & so does it.”  I’ve been wrong this whole time, and I’m sorry.  I’m not apologizing to you (the fans), I’m apologizing to myself.  I’ve been holding myself back.  I reviewed every book that I’ve written, and 4 out of the 5 of them had elements written in them that I would never enjoy as a reader, but I added them because it’s the hot thing, or the normal thing, or the common thing, or the latest fad, or because I needed to keep up with the other authors (especially the male ones).  I’ve been selling out to try to be like them–like all the other authors that fill up your news feed.  I’ve been doing it wrong.  Hell, you haven’t even met me yet.  So, that shit is over.

ALLOW ME TO RE-INTRODUCE MYSELF

From now on, I’m not selling out, or watering down anything (not my books or my social media posts) to please anybody or fit in.  I am who I am.  Trying to be like everybody else DID NOT result in more sales.  In fact, my newest book (that I’m the most proud of), Defending Her, sold the LEAST since my very first book!!  How about that?!?   It’s obvious that trying to please everybody hasn’t been working.  So, again, allow me to re-introduce myself.  Let’s get a few things out in the open.

For starters… I cuss… A LOT.

If you read a post from me and it doesn’t have a cuss word in it, you can bet that there was one, but I deleted so I wouldn’t offend anyone.  Well, fuck that.  I’m a 30 year old, 2-time Iraq veteran, with a wife, 2 kids, and nearly 11 years of active duty military service in the United States Air Force… as well as a struggling, aspiring author.  I’ve earned the right to cuss like a sailor.  If you’re offended by cussing, you’re gonna have to unlike my fan page.  I promise I’m not cussing to intentionally offend anyone.  I’m cussing because that’s just who the fuck I am.  It’s not about you.  It’s about me being comfortable being me.  Feel free to cuss up a storm when you comment on my statuses.  It’ll make me like you more.  Seriously.  I don’t trust people who aren’t comfortable enough to cuss around me.  So, fuck it.  Cuss it up.

Next up… Fuck Erotica.

Yikes.  That one’s bound to lose me some fans, for sure.  Now, I’m not saying fuck people who read erotica.  I’m saying fuck erotica as a genre.  I hate that shit, and I don’t read it.  Now, please be a grownup and keep in mind that this is only MY OPINION.  If you love erotic books, that’s fantastic!  Please continue to support authors who write erotic books and keep yourself entertained however you see fit.  What I’m saying is that I hate erotic scenes in books.  I tried to read 50 Shades of Grey, and I failed… TWICE.  I just couldn’t do it.  The way it’s worded just drives me crazy and makes me want to throw my Kindle, and them shits are expensive so I can’t do that.  Now, if I’m admitting to you that I hate erotic scenes and stories in other people’s books, imagine how I feel when I edit and review my own books and see those scenes in there.  I don’t like erotica, I don’t read erotica, but I put it in my books?  That’s dumb, and I don’t know what the hell I’ve been thinking.  I’ve been constantly struggling, trying to think of ways to add erotic scenes because erotica is the hottest selling shit since… well, since 50 Shades came out and the bandwagon was born.  I have watered down 4 out of my 5 stories to try to fit erotic scenes into them, cutting them up and putting the story on pause so that the couple can have sex on the kitchen counter.  Having sex on the kitchen counter is the shit, but I personally don’t want to pause my suspenseful, thrilling, dramatic story just so I can call it erotic.  For the record, I fucking love sex!  My wife will vouch and attest to this.  I’m as freaky as they come, and I watch porn just like every other man.  I just don’t want to read it.  I know that’s weird, but fuck it.  Just had to add that in there.  Anyway, so, if you love erotica, I still love you and think you’re awesome… you’re just gonna have to get that shit from another author, and there’s plenty of them out there.  I’m a much bigger fan of romance, so the erotic elements of my stories will now be replaced by romance.  However, the main genre that I write will be the one that I love to read.  The one that made me want to be an author in the first place.  Which leads me to my next topic.

I love dramatic, emotional, SUSPENSE-driven stories… and that’s what I’m going to write.

   I have officially moved on from my first 5 books.  I can honestly say that I wrote those for you.  They’ll obviously stay on sale, and I’ll continue to promote them from time to time, but I’m over them.  I’m already working on my next book.  It’s actually already on Goodreads.  Everything I write from here on out will be 100% for me.  Every aspect of my books will be something that I enjoy as both a writer and a reader.  At least then if it doesn’t sell, I can at least find solace in the fact that I did it the way I wanted to and I was happy with every part of it.  It’s all about being true to yourself.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned in both my military career and my “second job” as an author, it’s that you just have to be yourself.  If people don’t like you for who you are, then the hell with ’em.  Just do you, and fuck anybody that hates on your for it.

As you can see from the synopsis of my next book, I don’t give two shits about erotica.  I don’t want to make you hot.  There, I said it.  I want more than that.  I want to hold your heart in my hands.  I want to hold your life in my hands (metaphorically, obviously.  I’m not a murderer, people).  When you open my books, I want you all fucked up.  I want you confused.  I want you frustrated, scratching your head, squinting trying to figure out WHAT THE FUCK.  I want you so up on the edge of your seat that you fall the hell off and struggle to get back up again.  I want you to struggle with the decision whether to keep reading my book or to eat.  That’s right, I want the story to be so mesmerizing that you’re willing to starve to death just to finish reading it.  That’s how good a book should be.  When I read a book by my favorite authors (Harlan Coben, Gillian Flyn, Lisa Gardner, Linwood Barclay), I’m stunned.  I’m shocked.  I’m transfixed, and I don’t want to do anything else until I finish the book.  It’s an amazing feeling that only a phenomenal story can give you, and I don’t think I’ve given that to you yet.  I haven’t done that yet.  And for that, I’m sorry.  But, that’s about to change.  I’m doing what I want now.  I’m going to do what I love, and nothing is going to sway me from that path.

My Own Genre

I’m different… on purpose.  I don’t want to be like what you’re used to.  I want to take you to a place you’ve never been before, and I don’t want you to be comfortable.  I want to take your mind and imagination hostage and give you the most ridiculous book hangover you’ve ever experienced in your life.  That’s what I look for when I pick a story to read.  That’s what I will deliver when I pick a story to write.  So, excuse me while I stop giving a fuck about fitting in.

Allow me to re-introduce myself.

Will the real W.S. Greer please stand up…

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Of Unsound Mind is coming soon!!  Add it to your TBR now.

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18 responses to “Allow Me To Re-introduce Myself

  1. snoopyvet

    March 25, 2015 at 11:38 am

    May I just say Fuck yes
    Write what you want & your writing will be better. While I do like to read erotic it’s not all I read and not what I must have
    I must have a good story that is all

     
  2. snoopyvet

    March 25, 2015 at 11:39 am

    May I just say Fuck yes
    Write what you want & your writing will be better. While I do like to read erotic it’s not all I read and not what I must have
    I must have a good story that is all
    Good luck I think your new style will go over better cause it’s you not a mold

     
    • wsgreer

      March 25, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks very much!! I’m excited about this new chapter in my book career!!

       
  3. Amanda Walker

    March 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    LOVE this fucking post 😉

     
  4. Lisa Kelley

    March 25, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Amazing!  Nice to meet YOU!   I’m even more intrigued now! 

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

    From:”W.S. Greer” Date:Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 7:18 AM Subject:[New post] Allow Me To Re-introduce Myself

    wsgreer posted: “What’s up, world?  I come to you today after having spent the past 5 weeks reviewing everything that I’ve done as an author.  I’ve looked at my sales, I’ve reviewed where my books have ranked on bestsellers lists, and I even checked the activity on my Fac”

     
  5. Deb Andreoli

    March 26, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    well thank fuck! someone actually being honest and standing up for what they believe in. There are enough people on and following the bandwagons. Welcome to your new reality, I for one can’t wait to read your next release(s)

     
  6. justagirl99

    March 26, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    This post fucking rocks!!!! 😉 Stay true to who you are! 🙂

     
  7. Angie craig

    March 26, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Fuck yes! I cuss a lot also, fuck being my favorite cuss word, I read all genres and I love your books. Keep up the fabulous work!

     
  8. Regina Carlysle

    March 27, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Yay you!!!! I’ve given that shit up too. Thought I HAD to write it but never ‘felt’ it. Writing for me from now on. So happy to hear you’ll be true to your heart and will write what you love.

     
  9. Heather Anastasiu

    March 28, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Yeah, these are the toughest choices to make as an author, but in the end, it’s hard to stick with writing, this thing we began because we love I, if we’re letting all these outside forces dictate what’s happening in the day to day writing. At the same time, we still gotta pay the mortgage!! My solution has been to only focus on the book and the art while writing and shutting out everything else, then I go all mercenary mode when I’m trying to sell it, lol. It’s just a bitch when your art is also your business! But I think the new way you’ve decided to go about it is really THE way. I think readers feel the passion when we are just writing hundred percent balls to the wall what we love.

     
  10. Miranda Johnson

    March 29, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    A-freaking-men.

    I read erotica like crazy, love it. BUT I started reading Dean Koontz as a kid and when I’m tired of the same Ole I fall back on the tried and true. I’m going to be honest, I’ve only read your first book, actually as an ARC I believe for my blog. It was a great start too. And I’ve followed you from when you had 5 likes on Facebook. And you were real… well … less watered-down using your words. That’s why you excited me as an author. If you are reading this and not writing, better start writing because this chick is excited about your WIP.

    I’m glad you’re going to find the real you. I had the same epiphany as a blogger a few months back… can you imagine running a blog based on YOUR opinions and being afraid to actually say what you think?

    Fuck all that noise. Welcome to the darkside… it’s so much better here.

     
    • wsgreer

      March 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Lol. I love you comment!! I officially hit 100% book mode today. No stopping me now. I’m gonna love the dark side 😃

       
  11. Darleen

    April 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Sooooo. Fantasy reader for most of my life, my sister-in-law insisted I read Sylvia Days’ Crossfire series, and Kobo decided I needed to read your Carter series, it badgered me for months, and I finally gave in. By the time I was halfway through the second book, I no longer gave 2 flying fucks about their sex life. For the first time since reading anything in this genre the storyline was what held me captured. It must be pretty damn rare to find an actually story in this genre since I never actually noticed one before. lmao

    Even before reading your re-introduction (which is your first introduction for me) I could totally tell that you were meant to write much more kickass stories than what that genre holds. Not that I don’t like that, I read a shit ton of em. What I never really read was suspense, drama type of stories, but if you’re going to be writing them, fucken rights I will. You can officially add one more fan to your growing list! And I’ll be telling all my friends to jump on board too.

     
    • wsgreer

      April 4, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks so much, Darleen. I promise you, the best is yet to come. Just you wait!!

       
  12. Aimz

    April 15, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Wow!!! That was fucking amazing and I cannot wait to read your next one! I can’t stand it when I am reading a book and the character is thinking about something to themself, and then to only have the author make it okay and PC… F.. PC crap… Looking forward to Of Unsound Mind!’

     
  13. softball mom

    April 15, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Fucking A!! Well said and I will definitely continue to purchase and read your books! !

     
  14. Relentless Book Chic

    April 15, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Think that Is fucking awesome! Feel free to reach out if you need any help promoting. Do you, fitting in is overrated.

     
  15. Sarah G

    April 16, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    THANK GOD!!!!!!….Finally a writer who gives it up straight….hallelujah….why does everyone think fitting in the same genre is the right thing to do, I have no idea…thank you for being true to yourself…I’ll always buy your work…and your wifes…:)…

     

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