Rod Raglin

This blog will touch on the experiences I have as a writer (not to be mistaken for my experience as a writer, i.e. how many books I've written, etc); the pleasure and the pain, the joy and the grief, the satisfaction and the frustration, the magic and the reality - have I left anything out, oh yeah, the rejection, rejection and more rejection,  the humiliation and the embarrassment, the jealousy and the resentment - that pretty much covers it, except for why I do it which perhaps I'll realize along the way. Are you totally confused? Good, let's begin.

#RecommendAway indie authors

Recommend an indie author:


- with less than five reviews on Amazon


- whose book you won in a BookLikes Giveaway


- whose book you could only manage to read three chapters of. (If the book is really bad three chapters is enough – sometimes too much. Ever wonder why publishers and agents ask for your first three chapters? Because everything for sure will be revealed – including the author’s lack of craft – in those few chapters. Simply stated – it won’t get better.


- whose book you hated but nonetheless reviewed


- whose book you hated and wrote and an honest review of


- whose book you tried to read but was so badly formatted you had to quit because of the onset of a category five headache


- whose book you threw across the room in frustration because of all the typos, grammar and other sloppy mistakes that showed a lack of respect for the reader


- whose book was so self-indulgent it made you feel nauseous


- whose book was okay and you wrote a constructive review of


- whose book you loved and can’t believe it isn’t a best seller and wrote a glowing review of


- whose book is so good, so special and has so little recognition you feel there’s still hope for your own books (my favorite category)


REMEMBER: "If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking."

- Haruki Murakami