I came across this very good post a few weeks ago. I wish I had seen it earlier…as in when-I-first-self-published earlier. I didn’t and I made some of the mistakes I read about on this blog. I accepted a review from someone I didn’t know in exchange for their book. Ugh. Ugly consequences ensued. Let’s just say I’ll never do that again.
There are guidelines on this post that I believe help authors keep their credibility and the integrity of their work. I intend to follow them (ahem…even if it’s a little late for that one review). More importantly, I thought I’d pass them on to other authors. Those pitfalls are dangerous, dark places. Beginning authors are fragile, little seedlings. We need all the help we can get…at least I do.
It’s also an amazing site…as you can tell from the awards listed on it.
Check it out: http://networkedblogs.com/PN0qg
Let me know what you think!
Thank you for sharing this. It’s quite long – still working my way through it – but I can already see how useful it is/will be.
You’re so welcome! I’m glad you found it useful. That was my hope!
Trolls, cyberbullies, and cybermonkeys are easy to recognize. I always thank a reader for a good review and let them know that I am glad they enjoyed the read. As for others, I ignore them. Having been in the business world for many, many years, I’ve developed a fairly thick skin. What really matters to me is writing something that is entertaining. Interestingly, I just reviewed a book in a genre that I find less than appealing… horror. The book was called the Tatterdemon. I actually gave it a good review. Why? Because once I picked it up and started to read it, I couldn’t put it down. Now that’s the hallmark of a good writer! If you can get a specific-genre-averse reader to like your book, you’ve hit on the right approach.
I have to agree with you. If someone’s written a book that I can’t put down, that’s a good writer, especially if it’s a genre that you usually don’t like, that’s amazing!
Great information on here. Thanks for posting it.
You’re so welcome!