There are so many sites writers can use for their social platforms. Goodreads is a book lovers and author’s dream. There you can share reviews of books you have read.
Leaving a review however should not be taken lightly. A number of people will base whether they will read a book on the reviews they read. We all know that some of the good reviews will come from family and friends. That is to be expected. But a good book should have various reviews whether the member thinks it is a three star worthy or a five. A good combination across the board will help not only the author but those interested in purchasing the book
I have been reviewing for close to a decade now and I take it very seriously. This is not just for the author that I am reviewing but for potential readers. It is my job to honestly state what I feel about the book whether it is good or bad. This is not always easy for we don’t want to hurt one’s feelings but to tell an author empty compliments does them no favors especially when you personally know them. One does not have to be cruel but instead use tact when the review is one that they might not like.
One thing I have learned from my writers group thankfully is how to review and critique the various books that come across my desk. I look for flow and pace. Are there any loopholes? Is it believable? For even if it is fiction it has to make sense to a point. Does it have a hook? Are the characters well-developed? Does it keep my attention or am I bored by the end of chapter one? There is so much to take into account.
You have to have thick skin to be a writer and equally so as a reviewer. People will not always like what you have to say even if it is in their best interest. The questions I ask myself is what I want people to ask when they are reading anything of mine. It may not always be easy to hear the negatives but it is one of the best tools for us to grow as writers. So while I may not always like what people tell me I am grateful for them First for taking the time to read my writings and second for telling me where it can be improved. One of these ways is from reviewers.
This is a tool that should not be ignored by anyone who wants to make it as an author.
Today I want to share with you Stacey Jaine McIntosh’s new book cover for her book that is about to be released. This is a coming out party so to speak. I wish her all the best. Personally I think it looks pretty amazing.
The High Queen was dead and Advent Mor is in the throes of being divided up piecemeal between her six children, while in the woods not far away a Faery in exile seeks to reclaim the throne of Aisling that was taken from her at birth and Dragons toy with the lives of mortals.
Stacey Jaine McIntosh was born in Perth, Western Australia. She has a Diploma in Spatial Services and once toyed with being a Cartographer.
At twenty-nine, her first love has always been writing and she now has three short stories; “Freya”, “Blood Sacrifice” and “Fallen Angel” published in various anthologies, along with a few more in the works. Two of her novels “The Winter Princess” and “Queen-in-Waiting” are available for free on Smashwords.com.
Stacey still resides in her home town of Perth, Western Australia, with her husband and four children. Her eldest of which began reading at age three and devours books in just the same manner as his mum.
When she isn’t spending time with her family or writing, Stacey enjoys photography, graphic design, and the occult.
You can find Stacey here:
This book will be available for purchase 12 May 2013 from Smashwords.com and Amazon.com (and anywhere else Smashwords distributes out to)
After my Goodreads post last week I was asked to share some information with my readers. No problem I thought as I responded to the email. But it reminded me that it was time for one of my timely post that would have a listing of various links that could be beneficial to my readers. Some of these links you might have seen but they do bare repeating. Some are new and hopefully will be helpful to those to check them out. So without further ado the links full of information to help us as writers.
15 Famous Academics To Follow On Goodreads
http://oedb.org/library/beginning-online-learning/15-famous-academics-to-follow-on-goodreadsAuthors Guild Online http://www.authorsguild.org
Absolute Write http://www.absolutewrite.com
NC Writers’ Network
Tools for Writers
Preditors & Editors
Five Publishing Hurdles
Five Signs You’ve Made It As An Author
The Secrets To Getting More Book Reviews