I have a mini-vent to get out there to the reviewing world. Before I start, first you must understand that I love each and every reviewer that has taken the time to leave a comment on one of my books…even the less favorable ones. It means you read the book and have a passionate opinion on it. I know there will be good and bad reviews. That is how the industry works and in the Indie world, we (authors) rely on reviews quite a bit to get our names out there. In a sense, we wouldn’t do well WITHOUT a balance of favorable and unfavorable reviews.
So you have seen me posting about leaving honest, spoiler-free reviews. What does that mean, exactly? It means if you are going to leave a review for one of my books, I want it to be an honest depiction of your feelings on the book and what you deem it worth rating. It also means that I appreciate the kinds of reviews that do not flesh out the plot twists or surprise moments so that any potential reader won’t have the book ruined for them if they choose to pick it up. This doesn’t bother just me when it happens to one of my books, but it bothers every author I’ve ever talked to about it. And we can’t do much about it. We can’t protect our potential readers from seeing those kinds of reviews.
To many, this may not seem like a big deal, but let me ask the fellow readers this question – if you were standing in a book store holding a book, reading the back cover, and a person next to you said, ‘Oh, wow, that’s a great book. The main character goes to jail after killing her husband, but then you find out at the very end it was her neighbor Mrs. Jones who did it because she was having an affair with the husband! It was so good, you should really read it!’ Be honest, would you then spend your money on the book and buy it, if you already know how it will play out? No, you wouldn’t. Spoiler ridden reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, etc…are there for every potential reader to view. The least a reviewer who chooses to ruin it for others can do is include this in their title, “THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS” so those who don’t want to know what happens won’t read it. No doubt, that review wouldn’t be read often.
It’s a sad fact that there are people out there who actually gain a bit of pleasure by divulging the juicy parts of a movie or book to their friends. I’m not posting this for those people, I’m posting it for the ones who truly think they are leaving a detailed review that will be helpful and don’t realize that plot spoilers might ruin the book for others. Maybe this shouldn’t bother me, maybe I’m too sensitive on the subject? Well, it bothers me because selling my books is how I make my living. Every sale lost from a spoiler review DOES impact my sales – that’s one less person that may not come back to read a TMDBook.
If you enjoy my books, you know I love you. I write them for you all to enjoy, and I just ask that you think about what goes into a review before you post it publicly. Let your friends, family or someone across the world enjoy the book just as much as you did – without the spoilers. Being lost in a Fiction world is so much more fun when you have no idea what’s coming around the corner. <3
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The second draft is done and The Dry Lands is off to the editor! It’s all downhill from here – tweaking the final edits, formatting, and then publishing – yay! The book should be released on schedule, which means before … Continue reading
One of the hardest parts of being a writer for me is not being able to TALK about the story before its release. Most of us Readers enjoy gushing about plots, characters and twists to friends who are reading the same book, or have already finished.
“OH MY GAWD, I can’t believe he did that!” or “Have you gotten to the last chapter yet…hurry up!”
But I can never do this – unless it’s to someone who has no interest in reading the book – which wouldn’t exactly be the best person to dish out details to, would it? lol Spoilers, people. Spoilers.
So as I wrap up the 2nd draft of The Dry Lands, I’m in a constant internal struggle to keep my yap shut. Posting snippets is fun, and that takes a teeny bit of pressure off my brain – but I know how the story ends and I want to TALK about it. It’s 100x worse than reading a book your best friends have yet to read. Trust me. It’s like residing in Literature Hell until publication day. Just pure torture.
This morning I woke up to a murdered dog toy. I mean it was a gruesome mess – the tug rope being the most brutally dismembered. Pieces of it covered the living room…poor little scraps of fabric here and there … Continue reading
A’ris could live without him. She would carry on for the cause without another thought of Hutch. It was he who could not walk away and survive.
The Dry Lands, (Hutch & A’ris)
Good Side of Sin is finally HERE! Wait no longer! The highly anticipated third book in the ‘Save My Soul’ series has been released!!! 11/25/13 For 1 day only!!! Pick up GOOD SIDE OF SIN for only .99!!! Amazon US … Continue reading
The Dry Lands just hit 100,000 words, y’all!!! Do the happy dance with me!
OH wow, I’ve found my new music heaven.
If you’re like me, and tend to be one of the last to stumble upon something cool, surely you appreciate the new stuff when you find it! I’m a music lover and create a playlist for every book while I’m writing it and tend to randomly post the songs I’m currently writing to on my author pages but NOW I can create and share said writing playlists with you on Spotify. I know it’s not new. Remember – I’m slooooow.
The fun thing is – you don’t need to own every song you add to your playlist – a big plus for me. And there are tons of other shared playlists I can pull songs from. It’s fantastic. It’s brilliant. It’s addicting…and now my family will never see me again. Thanks for that, Spotify.
You can find me there! Search for me today and YOU can listen to what I am right this very second – the Dry Lands playlist. Get lost in the musical world inside my head that is ‘Hutch & A’ris’.
Happy listening, everyone!