Long before I wrote The Light-Bearer Series, I was an avid reader.
As a girl, I would climb the Dogwood Tree outside my bedroom window, read and listen to my transistor radio.
My penchant was for paranormal from the beginning… especially Dracula!
When I became older, I found Goodreads. I gave reviews on books that I liked and related to.
I would never publicly give a review on a book that I didn’t like. If I didn’t like the book, I would write the Author and comment. I never got a response that wasn’t welcomed. Many Authors like to talk to their readers. Unbeknownst to me, I would be an Author one day and think the same thing.
When I wrote The Light-Bearer Series, I couldn’t get anyone to read my books… not even family or friends… NO ONE!
I didn’t know about Social Media, i.e. blogs, Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, Tumbler… etc.
A kind Angel (one of many Angels I will encounter as an Author) saw my personal Facebook post that I couldn’t get anyone to read my books, and she took pity on me. My books were unedited and rough. She became the Beta Reader every aspiring Author needs. She gave me great advice.
After that, The Light-Bearer Series started to be read, and I would devour all my reviews.
Naturally, I would get a dismayed when my books would be criticized. I’m talking about the good criticism. The reviewers who respected their position as critic and my position as writer. Don’t get me wrong, constructive criticism I will take in a heartbeat!
However, when I would have a review that was unnecessarily harsh, derogatory and severe… it felt like someone stuck a knife in my belly and twisted it. The reviewers were operating more on the scale of cyber-bullying. Believe me, I have had them. Each one hurt me deeply because they ripped me up.
So, for my mental health and the good of my writing, I don’t read reviews anymore. Unless, it’s a Beta Reader with suggestions, corrections, and comments. The nasty, hateful and downright uncalled for reviewers, have made me quit reading reviews, period.
I do not want to become an Author who writes to suit the reviewers and not my story. When I write The Light-Bearer Series, I have to keep my vision clear.
There is a Cardinal Law in the Author playbook: NEVER RESPOND TO ANY REVIEWER! Under no circumstances, do I respond.
If the review was Slander and Libelous, (which I have had, by the way) then I dial my Publisher, and he handles it!
If you are an Author, how do you handle reviews?
If you are a reader, how do you write your reviews?
Lots of love, Emily
January 22, 2015 | Categories: REVIEW, Uncategorized | Tags: Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Arts, Author, Book, Books, Emily Guido, PDMI Publishing, The Light-Bearer Series, Vampires, Young-adult fiction | 19 Comments
by Anthony Renfro
Imagine that you are a character in a story.
You have a home.
You have a life.
You have it all.
Then suddenly you wake up alone and afraid in a cold, dark place.
Somehow you find your courage and your voice.
When you ask for help, words light up on a wall in the darkness.
You read them and realize you are in the creative center of your author’s mind.
Instead of rescuing you, the author asks you for help.
This book is about the journey of that character, as he moves from story to story desperately trying to find his home.
Find the novel AWOL here:
EBook: US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QJ8DE14
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You can also find me on Goodreads at this link: https://www.goodreads.com/atothewr
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January 6, 2015 | Categories: FREE, GIVEAWAY, Paranormal Romance, REVIEW, Snippet, Uncategorized | Tags: Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Anthony Renfro, Author Anthony Renfro, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Pay it Forward, Pay it Forward Friday, Twitter, Young-adult fiction | 7 Comments