(Dealing With) The Inevitable Punch(es) In The Face

(Dealing With) The Inevitable Punch(es) In The Face

A writer must NEVER publicly challenge a bad review. NEVER. NEVER. NEVER.

Not My (Or Any Author’s) Space

Not My (Or Any Author’s) Space

As long as I am not being libelled (which is very unlikely in an internet comment), I must accept anyone may post the most negative and even most vitriolic diatribes in dismissing what I author (and I know some have).

When That Book Is, You Feel, Uh, Not Great

When That Book Is, You Feel, Uh, Not Great

One and two were red flags, and three was a personal turn off. From just those introductory pages I knew the book would not be for me. And I felt awful for feeling that way.

A “Review” That “Spooks And Horrifies” Too

A “Review” That “Spooks And Horrifies” Too

Endings are, uh, I think, reasonably important to us as readers. I am of course interested in what will happen (or why would I be reading the book in the first place?), but I don't really want to know how a book ends... until I get to the end.

The Joys Of Reading

The Joys Of Reading

I present myself on here, note my books, and share insights and bits of my writing. You may choose to read one (or more) of my books. Or you may choose not to do so.

When You Are @-ed

When You Are @-ed

He thought reading reviews is usually unhelpful to a writer. Bad reviews are likely to discourage you without actually providing much help for future writing; on the other hand reading good ones might go to your head and bring on a sense of complacency.

A Fourth Anniversary (Come And Gone)

A Fourth Anniversary (Come And Gone)

Having written it, I had been thinking, "That's enough. I did it..."

Mr. Brown’s Books

Mr. Brown’s Books

This is one of the most scorching reviews I have ever read.

“Freebies” For “Honest” Reviews?

“Freebies” For “Honest” Reviews?

Due to what I have seen regularly "out there," and with my brand new Conventions, as well as my first book, Passports, available on Kindle promo for 99c each until next week [UPDATE: it will run indefinitely], this awkward issue again jumped to my mind. I realized I have never addressed it here before. I [...]

“I enjoyed this book….”

“I enjoyed this book….”

I saw this yesterday on Google+ (via Adele Archer and DL Keur). It's a link to a Grimace and Giggle piece by author Russ Linton. He writes on Amazon's "cracking down" on reviews written by those with a so-called "established relationship" with the author: A year and a half ago I noted how ugly I [...]

To Please Everybody

To Please Everybody

Readership out there now is truly global. As a writer, you can never know exactly who's reading your book(s), or where, or why. Perhaps most importantly, you never know what a reader individually takes away from it - unless they tell you. And do you always really want to know? I'm struck at times also [...]

The Many Shades Of Envy?

The Many Shades Of Envy?

Another installment of that book series is upon us. A Newsweek reviewer (interestingly, by name a man, although the books do appear aimed primarily at women, and are written by a woman; but I don't want to disgress down that path here), disparages it this way: Cinemax softcore masquerading as fiction Really? So then it's [...]

A “Fan Email” Brightens A Gray Morning

A “Fan Email” Brightens A Gray Morning

The Catskills in early April: it's certainly not Florida. I just took a few snaps out the back just after dawn. Yep, there's still lots of snow against the house and scattered here and there in the woods: Back for a brief stay at the "scene" of the "crime": where I wrote most of the [...]

Reviewing The Reviewers

As any author knows, reader reviews can't be ignored nowadays. Amazon is central in that change. Readers may praise, but authors now also need a skin as tough as iron too. Authors aren't alone. A business owner we know got an appalling review a few months ago on a non-Amazon site from a customer who'd [...]

Rule #1 For Any Author

I just discovered, by email notification, that a blogger I follow on WordPress has apparently read my first novel, Passports. The blogger evidently devoted a post to it. Understand that (as of this writing) I have no idea what that blogger thinks of the book because I have not read the post. And I probably [...]