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.
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