I recently learned about Story Cartel. Story Cartel is a group of storytellers based in the Appalachians who wanted to create a deeper connection with their audience. Via its website, readers have access to storytellers’ prose (aka books), ranging from thrillers to romance, literary fiction to self-help, with each book being free for a limited time. This is done in exchange for an honest review.
Authors get help marketing their books (with reviews placed on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and blogs), and garner feedback to help improve their writing.
For book lovers, Story Cartel is a resource to discover great books and fresh authors; for authors, it’s a platform to build deeper relationships with readers. As long as it meets our guidelines, any author can launch their book on Story Cartel.
An author of a book I downloaded wrote, “Positive comments on Amazon(dot)com act like an energy booster and inspire writers to come up with more material on other topics.” That’s great if your honest review is positive. However, what if you don’t feel the book warrants that?
Is honesty really the best policy? After all, when it comes to writing, isn’t it supposed to be about the “writing” not the writer? And while it’s always okay to have an opinion, it is not always necessary to express it, particularly in a public forum. As for those “little white lies,” are they acts of intentional dishonesty or kindness? At some point I image you’ve wrestled with whether speaking very diplomatically or putting a nice “spin” on something was the better route to take. If yes, how do you definite the criteria?
As for total honesty, well that’s like tanks moving roughshod over everything. Tanks tend to imperviously destroy everything in their path, leaving a wake of tears and destruction. Being cruel for cruelty’s sake is … well, cruel.
If you subscribe to the “When you have nothing good to say, say nothing” philosophy, when asked for your “honest opinion,” do you simply remain silent allowing others to draw their own conclusions, or do you explain your reasons for remaining silent?
It is said the truth shall set you free. Still, I think judicial use of “little white lies” every-so-often to spare the pain of others is worth considering. (You might even consider channeling your inner diplomat and find something good to say.) After all, if you have a conscience how much will you actually be able to enjoy your freedom if you’ve hurt others getting there?
What is your honest opinion about the matter? I would love to hear what you have to say.
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