There is an author friend of mine who has written several books,this is a dream she has had for a long time. However, as things go life got in the way and she ended up with some health issues. One of those health issues was brain damage. However, this has not deterred her from her dream. Now, with that being said, one of her books received a very nasty review and then a nasty comment. After reading the review and the comment, I decided it was time to stand in front her her bullets and taken them for her.
First of all we never know what battles someone is fighting. So we should always season our speech with a little salt. Next. The review was not a review. It was a critique and not a very good one at that. Second the snarky comment that was made was totally uncalled for and hurtful. Reviews are not supposed to be personal – it was a double whammy as the review was personal and the comment was personal. A good reviewer would have discussed the storyline, not the author. I have ordered this book, I will indeed read it. For those of you who have never put pen to paper – you have no idea how hard it is – as for the publisher who published this book. Well, Author House is a vanity press, They do not edit. Sadly, most indie authors, especially those who have never published before do no understand the snake pit that vanity presses are. They take your money and give nothing in return. They do not edit, nor do they market, they just put the book to print and make you sign a contract for seven years and then if you want the copywrite back you have to pay them a huge amount of money. So, Ms. Merenda, if you would like to help this author, how about offering your editing services for free. How about encouraging her instead of discouraging her. My question to you is – Do you have dreams? Has anyone tried to steal them from you?
That is exactly what you are doing to this author. You are trying to destroy her dream simply because you simply don’t know how to write a non personal review. Nor do you offer your help to a woman who is trying to live her dream with a challenge.
Now on to the comment that someone named “Dest” – Yeah, I know who names their child Dest. Anyway, here is the comment “A great review, hit the nail on the head. I haven’t read the whole book, but the excerpt alone was disgusting enough. This book is beyond lazily written, it makes no sense at all, just like every other Jean Marie book. But that’s the charm of her writings, they provide endless hours of entertainment!”
Dest, this is for you. Shame one you. Taking cheap shots is not classy at all. If you didn’t read the book and just read the excerpt, well, you have no idea if you will like it or not. And to make such sarcastic remarks at this author’s expense says quite about about your character. Not in a good way.
A very wise woman once told me that when we open our minds to what we read, it is amazing at what we might learn. Never read a book with a closed mind, it does two things, it keeps one ignorant and it makes them look stupid when they try to write reviews. These two people did not write reviews, they wrote garbage.
I for one, who has a brother who has brain damage applaud this author for her courage, her character and her grit. She may never sell thousands of dollars worth of books, she may never find herself on the best seller list, but let me tell you this, she is successful because she did it. That cannot be said for the two people who wrote this dribble – which this author should not even concern herself with. It shows their small minds and their even small character.
My challenge to all who read this post is to order her book, read it with an open mind, learn something new and encourage her to dream and live that dream. That takes character.
More like “NIGHTMARE OF A BOOK”
By Merenda on September 6, 2009
I had interest in the book… until I read the excerpt given. At first glance, this books storyline had a lot of promise. However, just reading the excerpt, it’s very, VERY novice. I don’t think Ive ever read a book that made sure that every word is written out completely. Such as this comment made by one of the police officers: “Sir, we are done here, so we will meet back at police headquarters. We will discuss how and when the murders occurred. We have killers on our hands; we must find them or they will strike again”. Seriously? The sentence could have read ” Sir, we’re done, we’re gonna head back to the office, and go over the facts and evidence we have, and see where to go from there”. It’s like a sixth grader wrote this. I have never seen so many run on sentences, over extended uses of words, drawn out conclusions with having a shred of conclusive information, and yet, also trying to pound in the story so fast as to kill 6 people, vaguely, in 5 pages. The whole story is basically done right there. except, the oh so smart police officers talking back at “police headquarters” about the when, why, what time, and knowledge of more then one killer BEFORE ever making it out of the victim’s house. I don’t even know what story is left anyway? All the promise in the description went out the window with the killing of all the subjects mentioned, in those 5 first pages. And, I’m not even a person who really cares about some errors in grammar or bad editing of a book .But, this one was just soooo bad.
And, let’s not forget, teenagers do not “act” or speak the way these girls did, before they we’re quickly, raped, and murdered. There was no precursor leading up to the killer’s arrival. Nothing that said the men crept out in the bushes watching the house for hours. Waiting to make their move. Nope, they simply came on in behind the girl and her dog. What made this girl so suspicious of a car parked outside? Isn’t that a normal thing? I mean I don’t walk outside my house, see a car, and run back in, scared to death that the boogeyman’s coming. This is just so, so poorly written. I say stick to your day job. because if this kind of “writing” can be published, then I know I can make millions writing books at will no matter how badly written they are. LOL
This could’ve been a great story. But, it has all the irritating marks of a person trying too hard to tell the story that it loses the punch before it can be poured in the glass. My 15 year old son can write better then this. I don’t pretend to be perfect with my writing or grammar. But, I’m also not an “author” and I’m not expected to be “perfect” in that area of getting a story across. The publishers missed the mark on this one. I can’t even fathom how there are several mis-spellings in the book description alone. It amazes me how lazy this whole thing appears to have been written. I say skip it. Save the $10.00 plus dollars for a solidly written and grammatically proficient book.
As most of you know I am an author and have over 17 published works. It has not been an easy journey, but then anything that is worthwhile is not an easy journey, if it were then everyone would do it. That being said, I want you to listen to my latest podcast.I watched a video of a young man by the name of Jordan Smith who is a contestant on this season’s The Voice. He performed a song titled “Who You Are” when he was finished he was in tears. The reason is simple, when asked he stated that he was finally able to say he was okay with who he was. The lyrics to this song are very true. In my podcast I talk about the lyrics and how true they are.
As humans we do not always accept who we are. We can be our own worst critic. I know I was for years. I tired to be all things to all people and in the process lost myself. When I finally woke up and and understood that I had to be true to myself and if others refused to accept that, then it was on them and not me.
So, for all of you out there who are afraid to be true to yourself, understand you cheat yourself and you can never live up to the expectations of others, because it will destroy you. I know I have been there.
So take a listen to this podcast, it is downloadable so you can share. https://soundcloud.com/bestsellingauthoryvonnema/who-you-are
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