How to avoid dangerous pitfalls–for authors

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:

Let me know what you think!

6 thoughts on “How to avoid dangerous pitfalls–for authors

  1. 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.

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