When an author, someone who is an influencer, declares a release date of a well wanted/waited for book… well, I was duped. I really thought that when someone declares a book release to be on April 5th, then that is when I would get the book. Especially since I ordered the book back before Christmas on a well-known site. A site I have my books on.
This whole story may sound like I am just whining over nothing, but I think it is about support. It is about following through with your promises. The first thing I saw was this post in our support page for this person’s influencer blog on Facebook. It is a support group for her page, but also a place for parents of special needs kids to help each other. I joined mainly to stay away from the drama I thought was associated with other Autistic parent groups. I also joined due to having more than just an ASD child.
I read this all the way down. I thought: OH! I’ve done this before. I have done Author Take-Overs for pre-releases. I have promoted other people’s books. I have also read and reviewed books! I’m ready for this! I can help. It was to be exclusive, and the questionnaire to get in was very specific. We had to list our pages, our following numbers, and how we could help promote her book. Whatever works, I suppose. I thought she just was going to look for those with a ton of followers. My twitter, Instagram, and Facebook have a fair amount. I got in! YAY!
I did get an email with a release of the book. Recently. Haven’t been able to find the time due to my March Madness, but I was ready to crack her open this weekend. Cool. Going to still promote the crap out of this book. It is a book that sounded like my own journey with special needs kids. I started posting pictures and links for her book release! You know, the whole hype and stamina involved.
Then the countdown really began! We were given these pictures to help advertise some quotes. Here is one:
I am ready. I’ve got this!
But, then suddenly people started showing up on the supporter page with copies of this book in hand. What? Then she posted that she went to her local B&N and signed a few copies! So, hurry to her home town and grab them while you can.
What?! I could feel the frustrations inside building. I had a pre-order still waiting to be shipped. I also paid $98 to see her April 30th for a VIP signing of this book. Exclusive tickets… I was counting down to the release. Where is my book? Why is it some random in her hometown could buy all of the books at a store when this isn’t released yet? How is it that I have spent so much time and energy with this book, but they are out? What am I counting down to? What was I paying for to see her in May for such a steep price? She couldn’t offer to sign copies for us? Her supposed exclusive release team?
I wrote this post in her launch group. Not the main group. Not her blog page. This is in just the exclusive launch group. I was frustrated. I was angry, but I was also hurt. I ordered a book, too. I gave her boost numbers for the top website to put her in the top 100 book sales, but we could have just gone to the store? I could have grabbed my copy today from a shelf, but I had one on order for next week. I also worked hard for her, and I got nothing in return for it.
My exclusive only post wasn’t up for a full minute before she ripped that down. I was immediately kicked from the promoter group. Fine. I was still in her supporter group.
Then suddenly I am blocked from commenting, posting, and reacting. Figures. They didn’t tear it down, so they took my threat seriously.
Then she messaged me. Of course she did. Here is that whole exchange:
I feel like she is trying to gaslight me. I have been writing, publishing, and advertising books for years now. I have been an avid reader for almost 4 decades.
So, what happens from here? Well, I am getting together my ASD friends to make sure people know about her. What can you do? Let others know. I am sure her book is interesting, but now I feel she just is an abuser. She used me. She then didn’t feel the need to ask about any of our feelings about this issue. What did we all just work so hard for? I never did get an answer for why some of us preordered for a release date that was bogus, either.
I am not the only one hurt in this. Here is another comment on a person who posted a picture of themselves with a book already, too.
I am calling her out now. She wrote a book about parenting ASD. I also parent ASD. I don’t hold my kid back, promote his off-days for my own benefit (like sharing a video of him screaming in frustration), and certainly would never take advantage of my fanbase like this. This woman needs to not be the face of ASD parenting. She may have a book out now, but let’s make this her last book.
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Copyright: France Gamble 2022