Think You Couldn’t Possibly Lose Your Amazon Publishing Account? Think Again.

I am so happy to have found this blog! One of my followers reblogged this on her site, and now, so am I. I’m now following you on Twitter and Facebook and your blog. Thank you! To my followers: Please read this! Scary! Hopefully this will be revised soon!

The Active Voice

There’s this indie author I know a little bit from the forum. Her name is Pauline Creeden, and she’s an ordinary midlister, like so many of us. I remember PMing her some time ago and gushing about how particularly beautiful one of her book covers is — the one for Chronicles of Steele: Raven.collection Here, I’ll include an image. Gorgeous, eh?

Anyway, today I tuned in to Kboards and noticed that Pauline had started a thread. It contained what’s surely the worst news possible for an indie author: Amazon had closed her publishing account. All her ebooks had been taken off sale. Permanently. Here’s the email she got from Amazon:

We are reaching out to you because we have detected that borrows for your books are originating from systematically generated accounts. While we support the legitimate efforts of our publishers to promote their books, attempting to manipulate…

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The Perfect Creative Personality

This is an excellent article on creativity. It mirrored me when talking of fear, and I’m assuming I’m not alone, especially among debut authors. Thank you, David Rogers!


The Perfect Creator Is Bold

Janet hummingbird3 Janet Weight Reed

What have you been working for these years and developing your talents for if not to set your creative potential free? And you will not do that without being bolder.

I know a painter. The best teacher she ever had gave her the best advice she ever received. He looked at her as she painted and said, “You’re being too careful. Make bolder strokes.” He went away. She followed his advice. The teacher came back and studied her work. He raised his voice and said, “Bolder.” Later he came back again and said, even louder, “Bolder! What are you afraid of?” It’s worthwhile to say to ourselves from time to time in our creative lives, “Bolder! What are you afraid of?”

The argument easily can be made that boldness in and of itself is what brings success in life. It’s a…

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Review of The Troubleshooter: New Haven Blues

Wow! Is anyone still here? Yes? Oh, thank goodness! I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I have posted, and I am so sorry and glad you are still with me. In my defense, as I hope those of you who are also writers can relate, I was busy working on my own debut novel, and it has not been an easy road for me. I was stuck on a certain way I wanted it to go, and finally had to abort that idea as it was much too complicated for a first novel, so I went with my idea on a reduced scale, and I am starting over. For the millionth time or so it seems. Anyway, enough about my excuses, I finally have another review for a very talented writer, Bard Constantine. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

In The Troubleshooter: New Haven Blues, we meet Mick Trubble, a hard-boiled, Sam Spade detective in a futuristic world. Sprinkle in some comic type supporting characters, and set him in a dystopian future, and finally have your protagonist be an individual who is suffering from amnesia so that he does not know who he really is, or remember anything from more than two years before, and you got the gist of this book. He is an aptly named anti-hero, as he does attract plenty of trouble wherever he goes. This is a violent story, yet in parts it will have you laughing out loud until you cry. Now this is a completely different genre than I am usually into. I love mysteries, but not particularly hard-boiled ones, and I’ve never been much into anything dystopian. I did not expect to like this book. I would read some, and stop, but then, I had to keep picking it up to see what happened next! Since I am very open-minded, yet I thought I knew exactly what I liked, this did tend to surprise me, much as it did when I told my rooommate I didn’t like fantasy, until she shared this fantasy series by Stephen Reeder Donaldson, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Has anyone else read these books? They are excellent.

There were no errors in context, syntax or grammar and punctuation. So, I have no choice but to give this my highest recommendation! I give it this many smiles: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂




Can’t Keep Up? 7 Brilliant Ways To Finish Your Story — Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Today we have a special treat from Dr John Yeoman, PhD Creative Writing. He’s going to give us some ways to tackle one of the biggest problems plaguing writers—the inability to finish what we start. *gets popcorn* Take it away, John! *** Do you live in a world of unfinished stories? Across the year, you’ve […]

via Can’t Keep Up? 7 Brilliant Ways To Finish Your Story — Kristen Lamb’s Blog

New Person, New Paragraph

This is so important for all of us “newbies” to understand. Great explanation by Christine Campbell. Please read on! 🙂



It is a long time since I was at school and I know things change a lot over the years, but has English grammar really changed that much? New words, yes. New sentence structure, not so much.

So what is the problem?

There is one problem I seem to keep coming across in the books I beta read, edit, proofread, review or just read for pleasure, and that is a basic rule of writing that gets broken all the time.

When to start a new paragraph.

I’m beginning to realise it is not always taught in school these days, or even in college. One lady author I beta read for lately was somewhat embarrassed to tell me that she was a qualified English teacher for many years, had degrees in creative writing as well as English Literature, yet had never been taught the basic rule:

New Person, New Paragraph.


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Guest Freelance Cover Designer and Illustrator Michelle Rene

Sit back and get comfy, this is a long post, but so worth it! This article is chock-full of information that will help the newbie author. Great resources. Thank you, Chris, The Story Reading Ape! 🙂

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

A Cover Designers Story

Hi, my name is Michelle Rene and I am a freelance cover designer and illustrator. I started a little over a year ago when my daughter had been moved away for college for a while and I found myself missing my creative side and a lot of extra time on my hands. I just started sketching again one day, drawing a friend, it turned out I still had some skills and I was surprised. I started a twitter account to share my artwork privately, away from friends and family, just to see what sort of reaction I would get and also find some outside inspiration.

It only took about two months and I was noticing that there were a multitude of indie authors on twitter and lots of them were sharing my work and had become followers. An old dream of mine sprang to mind and…

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Review of The Kure by Jaye Francis

The Kure

Hi there! I finally have a new review! Ta-da! This is a horror story with a romantic element by Jaye Francis. This tale introduces us to the main character, John Tyler. It is set in 1865. Poor John has a dilemma of the medical nature. He has to make a choice out of two possible solutions, and neither are savory. We must remember at this time in history, medicine was still very primitive. The doctor tells him that he must use leeches to cure the lesions on his manhood, or it will fall off. Horrified, he begs the doctor for another solution. The doctor tells him about an ancient solution in a book but it was dangerous and he could possibly lose his soul. He is adamant to try it, so reluctantly the doctor shares with him The Kure. This involves finding a virgin, who, on her 18th birthday, will put the member in her mouth until the burning goes away, or to run naked through the rain with a female no more than 6 years his junior, that has no idea of his affliction. This is where Sarah Sullivan comes in. He finds her on a birthday registry and goes to her home to see how he can approach her about this. Will she help him or be horrified? He is running out of time.

Ok, I don’t want to tell any more of the plot to you. For the outcome, you must read the book.

Now, for my thoughts. If you are on Goodreads, you may have noticed that I finished this book some time ago. I noted then that I was conflicted, and that is the reason for my delay in this review. There was some great suspense and wonderful description, and the grammar and typos were not an issue at all. I like horror, mind you, but I have to admit that this subject matter did gross me out. That is an aside however. My main problem with the book was one of plausibility. I don’t believe, even in a spell book, that this would be an option. In that time, it would be virtually impossible to find a willing participant, especially under the conditions it required. I have this in my Kindle, and I could only read a few paragraphs at a time before I had to put it aside. This is not a good sign. I just couldn’t like or recommend this book. Maybe you will like it. Definitely not for the squeamish or faint of heart.

In full disclosure, I was provided a free copy by the author for this review.

I give this book this many smiles: 🙂 🙂

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Has anyone else read this book? What did you think?

To All Book Reviewers – A Thank You

Such a heartfelt post, thank you Dylan! I love reviewing but it does take a lot of time, especially since I am working on my own debut novel. I apologize for the infrequency of my posts because of this. Sometimes I do wonder if it is appreciated, because many times I never hear from the author. Thanks again! 🙂

Suffolk Scribblings

Thank you

Writing book reviews is tough. It doesn’t matter whether it is a couple of lines and a rating, or a well thought out essay, it takes effort for a reviewer to translate all the emotions and experiences they’ve just felt and translate it into something concise, considered and heartfelt. Many authors complain about how difficult it is to write a plot synopsis or promotional blurb, but it can be just as difficult for reviewers to condense everything they’ve experienced, complete with explanation and reasoning, into a few paragraphs. And then there is the worry about the reaction. Every author understands the anxiety of letting their work go, wondering if people will love or hate what they’ve written, but it is exactly the same for a reviewer, especially if they didn’t enjoy the work they are reviewing.

Some, lucky few, get paid to review books, but most book reviewers do it for free. And this is important for authors to remember…

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Further Thoughts on One Star Reviews

This post is from another reviewer with excellent points on reviews. I hope you will read this and get a better understanding of what to expect. I agree with her wholeheartedly. 🙂

The Mad Reviewer

After Saturday’s lively discussion some interesting points were brought up in the comment thread that I’d like to address while talking about some of the wider talking points surrounding one star reviews.  It’s in no particular order but I think it is important to address some of these today:

Author Bashing Most reviewers aren’t targeting you personally. There’s a difference between criticizing a product and criticizing the person behind the product, which I consider author-bashing.

1.  Giving a one star review does not mean you’re being rude or disrespecting the effort the author put into a book.

Unless you’re author-bashing I see no reason why a one star review can be considered rude as long as it’s your honest opinion and aren’t utterly reveling in taking down the book.  When I do a book review I generally try to follow a format where I point out what I liked/disliked and why (generally)…

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