Comments for Molly Greene: Writer http://www.molly-greene.com Blogger & Author, Gen Delacourt Mysteries Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:13:11 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on A Letter From Midlist’s CEO by Maura Fertich http://www.molly-greene.com/letter-from-midlists-ceo/#comment-88934 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:13:11 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=9664#comment-88934 Hi Molly,
Thank you for your honest response to my earlier comment! I apologize for its defensive and snooty tone; I joined the instaFreebie team very recently and I’m still learning a lot about how to represent myself and the team as a whole. The response was coming from a place of hurt pride: the pride I feel for my company and the pride we feel as a service that honestly does its utmost to support authors with the resources we have at our disposal.

The explanation about last week’s comment makes a lot of sense, and appears to be an instance of assuming malintent where there was none. We were rather proud of that comment and the chance clarify some of the points made in the previous article, and some of my earlier frustration stemmed from the belief that we were misrepresented with no outlet for clarification. I definitely respect that this blog is your personal platform and you monitor the content as you choose.

I sincerely hope that you don’t see instaFreebie’s responses during this conversation as a way for us to ignore the feedback we’ve been given about the transition. Rest assured that we take all of the feedback to heart (and sometimes a bit more personally than we should, as you have seen), and we likewise hold no personal bad feelings towards anyone who expresses disappointment and frustration. I really appreciate the forum your blog and others like it provide for conversations surrounding this tumultuous industry.
Best,
Maura

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Comment on A Letter From Midlist’s CEO by Molly Greene http://www.molly-greene.com/letter-from-midlists-ceo/#comment-88933 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:43:09 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=9664#comment-88933 Hi Joybelle – yes, the Big 5 won again, but it wasn’t a dirty trick. The Midlist was free to sell to whoever it wanted. I think many people were simply disappointed in their choice of buyers and the subsequent boggled transition.

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Comment on A Letter From Midlist’s CEO by Molly Greene http://www.molly-greene.com/letter-from-midlists-ceo/#comment-88932 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:37:49 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=9664#comment-88932 Hello Maura, thanks for your comment. Yes, I did see the message you left on the Bookfunnel post, but not until a week or two after it was published. It landed in my website’s junk folder because you included several links to Instafreebie. Links in comments are a red flag for spammers and a no-no when commenting on blogs, especially for the first time and in forums that do not invite them.

I decided not to approve that message for several reasons. 1) This is my blog. I’ve built it after a long, hard slog, and since it’s mine, I can do what I want with it, just as The Midlist could sell to whoever it wished. 2) The character of that comment, like this one, was just a skosh defensive and snooty, which, unlike your CEO’s response, will do nothing to change the minds of clients who’ve lost respect for your company.

Life – and business – is about growth and evolving and learning from missteps. Mistakes were made in the transition from Midlist to HC and on to Instafreebie, many people were put off as a result, and ignoring that fact will not heal it. While comments have been made in this forum expressing disappointment and frustration over that event, I’d like to make it clear that I hold no personal bad feelings for Instafreebie’s management or staff, and I wish you all well in everything you do.

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Comment on A Letter From Midlist’s CEO by Maura Fertich http://www.molly-greene.com/letter-from-midlists-ceo/#comment-88931 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:16:22 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=9664#comment-88931 “Author-centric business means…charging $20 per month and upward.”

Correction: charging $0 per month and upward. instaFreebie is a free service for authors at its base level. If authors have the resources to pay $20 per month for some extra features, then great! We are running a business here. But it’s not necessary for indie authors to pay anything in order to use the giveaway platform. You can have whatever opinions you want about our company or our service, but please do a little research and try not to spread false information.

Of course, this clarification probably won’t do anything since Molly tends not to approve comments that disagree with anything she believes to be true, but go ahead, Molly, prove me wrong. 😉

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Comment on A Letter From Midlist’s CEO by Edita A. Petrick http://www.molly-greene.com/letter-from-midlists-ceo/#comment-88930 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:41:35 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=9664#comment-88930 But that’s how the game is played. Has been for a long time. You ‘nurture’ small business, even offer low-interest development loans, and when the business is sufficiently developed to be of use to the corporate culture, the small business owner is offered a price he can’t refuse…would be a fool to refuse and presto – all those customers of small business who were being ‘nurtured’ by the said small business suddenly find themselves ‘owned’ by the corporate world and when their beneficial contracts expire, the corporate owner offers new ones…at a steep increase few can afford. Lost count of how many reports I wrote on the practice. So, ‘jaded’ doesn’t apply. Mine is simply a very long experience (and living) inside the corporate culture. No one really helps anyone unless there is a profit in it for them. The independent writer is ‘independent’ in every sense of the word such that he/she has to look after everything alone….

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Comment on A Letter From Midlist’s CEO by joybelle2012 http://www.molly-greene.com/letter-from-midlists-ceo/#comment-88928 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:48:30 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=9664#comment-88928 I must admit that after reading all this that it looks as if the bully boys, read publishing houses, have won yet again. Publishers seem to be trying dirty tricks to squeeze out self publishers.

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Comment on A Letter From Midlist’s CEO by Molly Greene http://www.molly-greene.com/letter-from-midlists-ceo/#comment-88926 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:40:55 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=9664#comment-88926 Ahhhh, Edita. You are jaded. 😉

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Comment on A Letter From Midlist’s CEO by Edita A. Petrick http://www.molly-greene.com/letter-from-midlists-ceo/#comment-88924 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:47:26 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=9664#comment-88924 Thanks, Molly. I now understand. Author-centric business means…charging $20 per month and upward. Then again, were the people who develop a list that actually helps indie-authors and then sell it for great profit, only to ‘focus’ on author-centric that charges nearly $500 per year, really in the business of helping indie authors…or were they simply “in the business’ – and biding their time until their enterprise ‘caught fire’ and therefore attention of someone ‘big’ like HC…I tend not to believe anyone these days who claims they are “helping indie authors.” Period.

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Comment on A Letter From Midlist’s CEO by Helen Hanson http://www.molly-greene.com/letter-from-midlists-ceo/#comment-88923 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:33:39 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=9664#comment-88923 I like your analogy, Belinda :)

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Comment on A Letter From Midlist’s CEO by Molly Greene http://www.molly-greene.com/letter-from-midlists-ceo/#comment-88922 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:10:45 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=9664#comment-88922 Mwah!

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