Preview This

“If you don’t want us to judge a story based on its preview, then don’t release the preview, because literally the only reason that anyone has ever released any previews of any story, in all of human history, is to get them to judge the story based on the preview. The only real point of disagreement here is that we’re not judging the story POSITIVELY based on the preview, and that we’re not pledgi

ng to BUY the story based on the preview, and that’s the fault of YOUR incompetence in creating the preview, because all we’re doing is judging the story BY THE SAME STANDARDS THAT YOU *WANT* US TO JUDGE IT. For as much as they complain about their own audience’s so-called “whining,” entertainment media hacks are the most unforgivably entitled spoiled babies in existence. “YOU DON’T HAVE A RIGHT TO CRITICIZE IT UNTIL YOU’VE PAID US MONEY TO SEE IT, at which point we won’t care about your criticisms because we still have your money.”

Kirk Boxleitner

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3 comments on “Preview This

  1. I agree with this to an extent, but the tone of this quote seems very arrogant to me.

    I don’t typically preview my books because I want people to pay for my work. But I won’t even begin to pretend that I don’t care about criticism after my readers have shelled out some greenbacks on the promise of being entertained. Constructive criticism matters to me because I want to improve my skills and increase my fan base with each successive book. So I call bullshit on the last line of the quote. Any author worth her or his salt cares about criticisms of her or his work.

    But maybe I’m assuming too much here…

  2. I guess not. So here it is again…

    I agree with this to an extent, but the tone of this quote seems very arrogant to me.

    I don’t typically preview my books because I want people to pay for my work. But I won’t even begin to pretend that I don’t care about criticism after my readers have shelled out some greenbacks on the promise of being entertained. Constructive criticism matters to me because I want to improve my skills and increase my fan base with each successive book. So I call bullshit on the last line of the quote. Any author worth her or his salt cares about criticisms of her or his work.

    But maybe I’m assuming too much here…

  3. Sorry, I don’t know why I didn’t get notified about your last comment.

    Anyway, I think you both are on the same page and there’s a bit of a misunderstanding. What Kirk is referring to is industry types and others who complain when people state that they won’t buy a book or go see a movie based on the preview.

    The common argument is, “You can’t judge it because you haven’t seen it yet. And you’re wrong for pre-judging a work.”

    Kirk’s comment is in response to that. Particularly Hollywood exec types who couldn’t care less about feedback because they have our money after we’ve bought their product.

    “Any author worth her or his salt cares about criticisms of her or his work.”

    That’s just it. Many don’t. He’s only referring to those who this would apply to.

    Obviously this wouldn’t apply to you.

    If that makes any sense.

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