As an author have you received a bad review?

 

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Bad reviews comes from a few forms. One reason is it comes from a troll, two being someone who read it and just didn’t like it to three you read their book and you didn’t give them the review they wanted.

When my first book came out I did receive a bad review. Now I have read enough where it has been proven that having a bad review is a good thing. However this review came one day after the book was released and according to the site it had been a print book.

Last time I checked regular mail does not bring a book in one day. So I talked to Amazon and over the few following months they removed it, the person placed it again, Amazon removed it and so on. But finally it was taken care of.

But again having a bad review can be a good thing. How so? Well it is like a child being told they can’t do something and so they go about doing it around the parents back. When people seer a bad review or a low rating but yet all the other ratings are high it might make you take a chance on the book. I know that has worked for me anyway. Bottom line if nothing else it I a review which means it is getting noticed.

Look, I get it. A bad review is not fun to get but you know what every author deals with it even the authors who are well established. I have read a few books from best sellers to well know authors and they don’t always hit a home run.

And as a writer you must have a tough skin for not everyone is going to like what you write. It happens to the majority of writers if not all. The sooner you can accept it will happen the easier it will be. Spend your time and energy on your next novel.

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How do writers find titles for their books?

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Finding the right title for one’s book is important. Readers will pick up a book for the cover or will be intrigued by a title of the book. I been fortunate that people have named my books for me. I know, not fair. Right? Maybe fortunate is not the right word. Perhaps blessed is the better term.

The reason I am thinking of this topic is the third book in my Jasper series is close to being done. Once that is done I will let my editor work her magic over it before sending it over to my publishers. Only I don’t have a title for it yet. I have not even given it a second thought let alone taking the time to sit back and mull this over. I am not one to have a working title when I start a new piece. Some authors are like that while others know soon what the moniker will be.

So the question I have is to those who have titled their books how do you go about doing this? Are there steps you go through for the process? Is it blind luck? Or do you get help like I do? One would think after all this time I would be able to do this without much headache but I suspect if I am left on my own devices it will be just that, a headache.

Getting motivated to write: Hard or easy?

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How hard is it to get motivated to write? When one comes back from being away, the holidays come, one is sick for a period of time, schooling and work for others, how hard is it to write? A writer is always thinking of scenes, plots, characters and their development in their heads, but when that motivation is gone how does one pick themselves up to do it?

There are so many distractions in today’s world along with responsibilities making the move to sit down and write can be hard. One can rational that they will do it tomorrow, yes tomorrow I will start. Procrastination is something very powerful.

I have not written in a while but been working on my author’s platform making sure links are accurate, updating my list of books I’ve written and so forth. I been crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s to make sure all looks okay. With my platform being wide range in the tools I use this is something that is very time-consuming. It is tedious, not fun some days and at some point flat-out boring. Burt very important in my opinion. Hopefully when I am done with the overhaul I’ll be back to writing.

To those who are at the point of just not feeling the need or want to write, maybe a break is what is needed. Perhaps you are having writer’s block, perhaps the pace it has taken is not what you have expected or maybe and just maybe you are not feeling this story anymore. It happens.

When that has happened to me I moved on to another storyline, I have three going at the same time which helps me with less down time of writing.

Motivation to write is not always there There may be circumstances to prevent us from doing so or we just may not want to. Breath. It happens to a lot of us, not just you.

Hopefully soon the juice will find its way out and you will be back to writing that book to the end. A break after all could be what you need.