Monday, May 11, 2009
Does Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine suck? Apparently it does.
Predictable. Flat. Stale.
Our intentions with this faux-corporate blog have always been straight-forward enough. We want to change lives, but we prefer to do so when we can accomplish this through the books we write. We want to hype indie everything. And we want to celebrate all that is Elizabeth Crane, the long-time muse for this blog, when we aren't talking about Diane Lane, Scott Baio, John Hamm or Connie Britton.
And we think we accomplish much of this.
We also however strive to offer the occasional non-fake window into the brain of a working writer's life, well, one writer's brain anyway, which includes but is not limited to said writer's occasional frustrations over the endless rejections; the compulsions, tracking Amazon rankings chief among them; the lack of attendance beyond family and friends at book readings; the perceived disses by other writers, real or not; and the quixotic nature of our relationship to Goodreads, we love it as a literary social networking site, and have met some excellent writers since joining, but we do get a little tweaky over the occasional low rankings from people who seem unlikely to have ever read our books and others.
A lot of this embarrasses us, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't write about here. Hence today's post.
We recently saw that Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine has arguably received the worst review in the history of book reviews from the Hipster Book Club, a review we requested and so we do want to be clear about that. While there is the implication that the book has potential, the review is so bad that we are not sure how we even feel about it. Okay that's not entirely true, for the most part it's really sort of soul-crushing, but that doesn't mean it isn't also perfect for blogging purposes.
On the one hand, does the book really suck this much? Maybe, which again, is soul-crushing, but okay, this is still good to know, and we now should move forward and learn what we can. On the other hand, however, does receiving such a brutal review also offer us a unique marketing opportunity? We think yes.
For example, if you haven't already read the book, whether that means you haven't bought or borrowed it, or if you have, but haven't picked it up yet, isn't time to do so? Aren't you even more interested to read it now than you were when you read the variety of positive blurbs we received from the wonderful Largehearted Boy, Gapers Block, Book Pleasures, Enter the Octopus, Pete Lit, J. Kaye's Book Blog, and Baby Got Books? Sure you are, so get on it.
Further, say you have read it, or now will, and you really liked it, or even kind of liked it, but haven't mentioned it in your blog; blurbed about it on Amazon, Shelfari, and Library Thing; or rated it on Goodreads. Well, isn't it time to do so? Yes, we say, a thousand times, yes.
And so, will any or all this change your life? We don't know, but do we feel better for having written about it here. Way.