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So tonight I thought I would take a minute to address something that has been of concern to me lately. That’s right. People who deliver deathblows to authors in the process of “reviewing” them.
There are two types of people in this category:
1. The Executioners: These are the readers who review simply to criticize, the ones who rate -5/5 stars. “Is that even possible?” you ask. APPARENTLY SO. While they may have truly enjoyed your story, they read simply to nitpick, and nitpick is exactly what they do during the review/rating process. Keep in mind that many of these people are not actually editors, even though they may act as so.
2. The Assassins: Silent and stealthy, these are the people who know how to deliver and effective and deadly blow, and in the process, hide their true agenda with a sugar-coated, 4/5 star rating. You’ll find that many of these people seem to start out the review quite nicely, and then quickly lean in for a sarcastic, clean-cut kill. These are my favorite.
So what is the point of writing about this, you all ask?
I see hundreds of people everyday who review authors in one of these ways. Don’t get me wrong, I am totally 100% for people expressing their opinions and letting others know why they did or didn’t enjoy something. But there is also a fine line between reviewing and slaughtering.
This may come as a surprise to many, but authors have feelings too! We aren’t just robots who sit behind the screen day-by-day and type up our stories. The book that you’ve read in a perhaps less than a day and then just as quickly dismissed is the same book that took that author probably over a year of their life to write.
In a sense, it is their child.
Trust me when I say I’m not speaking solely on my behalf. Absolutely not! I have seen this in the case of many authors, and am sure they will be quick to agree with what I am saying. As I said: everyone is entitled to their own opinion. No doubt about that.
I’m willing to bet that most people wouldn’t be nearly brave enough to say half of what they’ve written behind their computer screens to another person’s face. It’s easy to say things when people aren’t watching, I know. But if you wouldn’t say it to that person’s face, then what on Earth would convince you to think it’s acceptable to write????
My point here: just try to find a better, less hateful way of expressing your thoughts!
Example: “I wasn’t much into this book because….I believe that maybe this should have been addressed…there were a few typos…”
And on that note: TYPOS HAPPEN. I am certainly not perfect, by any means–far from it–and am sure than pretty much every single author on this planet can agree with me. Please know that no matter how much time we spend on edits, in 99% of cases, there will probably be a stray typo that is missed here and there. In fact, I’m sure you’re finding typos as you’re reading this post right now.
Don’t, however, mistake said typos for poor grammar. Believe it or not, those are two drastically different things.
So to wrap up this lengthy post before stepping off my soap box, authors aren’t perfect–Just look at me!–as much as we try to act like we are. The purpose of this is to simply remind every reader of that. As I’ve repeatedly said, you are all very much entitled to your opinions, and to the right to share your thoughts on what you’ve read.
Just be sure to think about what you say before you say it.
I’ll end this segment with sending out my love and gratitude to those of you who have taken the time to read this.
Please, if you have any thoughts or comments on this, feel free to share. I’d love to hear y’all’s take on this, either from a reader’s perspective or a fellow writer’s perspective. Just remember. Be nice!!! 😉
Today, I want to tell you about Gone Reading.
Gone Reading is a nonprofit organization that sells cool bookish products and donates 100% of its after-tax profits to book-related charities.
I’ve never been great at math. But, by my estimation, 100% means ALL OF THE PROFITS. That’s making a difference.
I’ve partnered with Gone Reading for today’s post, and they are offering 101 Books readers a 25% discount off any order you make in their store. All you have to do is enter the discount code: 101books25.
A lot of the charitable organizations Gone Reading donates to—like READ Global, Ethopia Reads, and Biblioworks—help build libraries in underdeveloped countries. You can read their full mission statement over on their site.
To give you an idea of how you could use your discount, I’ve highlighted a few products below. Many, many more are available in their store.
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I forgot to tell everyone that my second book of the TLR series went into print the other night! If you haven’t already read the first book, there is a link for it as well under TLR Series tab on my page. If you have read it, come on over and check the second one out!
Checked my ranking information today via Amazon to find it has increased rather dramatically (by over 50,000!) in just the last 24 hours! Um, can you say awesome?!
I don’t know if this sudden turn of fortune is due solely to the release of my second book earlier this week, my increased involvement with blogging, or a combination of both. Whatever it is, you guys rock!
Please help me to keep up the good work by sharing this incredible news with your friends, and by reviewing my books if you’ve read them! The same goes for the other authors with Limitless. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Every single read and review helps dramatically! We truly appreciate everyone who takes the time out of their day to do this for us!
Thanks everyone for reading, and have a blessed weekend!
So for whatever reason, Amazon had some internal issues as far as marking down the books from my picture yesterday. So if any of y’all tried to purchase a cheap book and weren’t able to today, head on over to my publisher’s website for a chance to win a book of your choice! 🙂
This is a long exercise so I’ve decided to break it up into three parts. Use the same character and story for the entire exercise.
It’s easy to write about a character who’s standing right there in the middle of a scene, but many writers forget that it can be more interesting to write about a character who isn’t there. Give your character building skills a work out by crafting a scene in which the central character is absent. Though the reader never meets the main character, they should come away from your scene feeling like they know that character well.
Part 1: Create a character who’s in a hurry and has something crucial to tell the maincharacter. Have the first character enter a place that belongs to the maincharacter–the place could be a bedroom, an office, a garden, or anything that could reveal something vital…
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