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.
It is time to revisit something that I have said over and over and over again. Sometimes I feel like I am talking to my children. This business is brutal in more ways than one. Not only do writers who wish to be authors and have dreams of being the next Ernest Hemingway or Stephen King, wanting an agent, a big name publisher – blah, blah ,blah. They also have the misconception that if they get their friends and family to read their manuscript they will tell them how wonderful it is and all the other hype. The opposite is many times quite true. People just don’t have it in them to one follow directions and two do anything that is asked of them without offering unsolicited advice. Case in point- a friend of mine asked a couple of friends to just read his book. His first book- his baby. He didn’t want any advice on the mechanics – just read it for the meat. He wanted their feedback as to what they felt about the storyline. That was all, period.
As with all artists the ego can sometimes be fragile. Most of us are A type personalities with a mix of self doubt. We can’t help it. It is in our DNA. When my friend got the feedback it derailed him. Not because the reader didn’t like the story but because the reader had “ideas” for him. Really! Did the reader not listen to the instructions that were given. The manuscript was not the final draft- it was getting ready to head to the editors so she could look for those mistakes that we as writers do make. The mechanics as we are so fond of saying.
When I work with a new writer my first instruction is “Do not pay attention to the critics” The reason is simple most of them don’t like the genre they are reading and/or they think they can do it better. My answer is if they can then do it.
Edgar Allen Poe is one of the best loved authors of our time. He was laughed at criticized and died broke because the critics thought he was not good enough. They simply did not understand him. He is now laughing at his critics.
While allowing someone to read your manuscript to get their opinion remember it is only their opinion. And as we all know opinions are like something else everyone has one. If you have ten people read your manuscript you will get ten different opinions – it is like an crime scene that has ten witnesses. Every witness saw a different thing and every witness will tell a different version. None of them will be wrong just different.
For years I worried about what other people thought – and because of that I didn’t fulfill my dream, now I don’t care. I write because it is in me. I write because if I don’t I cheat myself. I write because I can.
For those of you who have a desire and a passion to write- do it and do it without worrying about what others think. Never allow someone to steal your dream!
Okay general public for those of you who did not and I repeat did not get it the first time I am once again revisiting this subject. The subject is this. “Everyone thinks they are a Critic.” I know I know this should by now be a dead issue, but unfortunately it keeps rising from the dead sort of like the Zombie Apocalypse. So one more time here goes.
I am human. I know that is a stunning revelation. Most people including my children think I can leap tall buildings in a single bound. At one time I could but age and arthritis has stopped that. Anyway, back to I am human. Read that sentence again. “I AM HUMAN!” Commit it memory. While I strive to rise to perfection it just is not going to happen not for anyone no matter how OCD we are. That goes for anything we do, keeping house, working in the public and yes even writing. Even editors miss things, believe me I have seen it time and time again (including traditional houses ). It happens deal with it or stop reading. By the way have you read any newspapers lately? Not only do they have misspelled words, most journalist can not put a coherent sentence together. Not only that but the entire article makes no sense. Okay enough that back to me. I know it is always about me!
My books are best sellers and award winners! They are well written and well done. Not withstanding the human element. I work hard to make sure they are not only entertaining but informative. My true crimes are not written in a sanitized and spoonfed way. They are hard core and raw. There is a reason for them being written in that vein. I want the reader to feel the victims. IF you can’t handle it just say so. Don’t act like the book is not well written. That cheapens the victims. Remember it is not about you! If you want sanitized read Ann Rule!
I do not put table of contents in my true crimes simply because it is not a reference book. Seriously that is what one reader complained about in Silent Scream. To add insult to injury they didn’t have the balls to contact me, yes I have an author page on Amazon, they contacted Amazon. I would rather that person return the kindle book, I don’t need or want that type of reader. If you wish to critique my work fine, but have the balls to do it to me not behind my back. That will cause me to send out the legions of flying monkeys.
I have been reading books since before I started to school way back before most of my readers were a twinkle in their daddy’s eye. I have read some books that I could barely get through, but never not once did I publicly criticize. The reason is simple that author spent many days and nights on their craft and just because it was not my cup of tea didn’t mean that it was not worthy of print.
I have read many books published by traditional houses where there were so many misspelled words and bad grammar that I felt like I needed a red pencil just to get through it. However, that did not take away from the story. If you as a reader are spending all of your time looking for errors then maybe you need to be an English teacher not a reader.
For those of you who are authors you understand where I am coming from, writing is not for sissies nor is it for those who cannot walk those miles. For those of you who have never written a lick but tell anyone who will listen, “I can write better than that.” – I have a challenge for you. Stop talking and do it. Anyone can say it but not everyone can do it.
Last but not least, if you want to be a critic- then you first must learn to be an author!
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