Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Roz Morris

Some writers say they don’t look at their reviews. I don’t know how they find such sangfroid. If I know there’s a new review I have to pounce, and immediately. Inevitably, we’ll sometimes wish we hadn’t – like one of my regular readers this week, who sent me the anguished message you see in the title of this post.

After sympathy, we had a discussion that went in interesting directions, and I thought it might be useful here too.

My main question to him was this. Are you afraid the reviewer might be right? Have you got a good enough groundswell of opinions from people with sound judgement?

My correspondent replied that he knew he’d taken a risk, but wanted the final note to pack a punch. ‘That apparently has worked,’ he said, ‘and my book is being remembered – for better or worse. I have around twenty 5-star reviews and this is my first bad one.’

Twenty to one doesn’t sound like a bad ratio to me. And we’re all going to get bad reviews.

I got off to an early start with My Memories of a Future Life. Just as I was gathering launch reviews, someone who’d read an advance copy sent me a furious, offended email. I’d passed muster with my trusted inner circle, but this was the first true outsider and it hurt madly. It doesn’t help that with self-publishing, there’s hardly any time for the writer to surface out of the book, so early reviews might hit us with no defences. So I was extremely relieved when the other advance readers were happy.

What did you promise the reader? Marketing

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Fiction University: What's Their Story? Discovering the Front Story of Your Non-Point of View Characters
  2. Plot-driven or Character-driven: Does it Really Matter? - Jeni Chappelle
  3. Succeed At Writing: 10 Ways to Develop Your Unique Writing Style
  4. ThrillWriting: Crime Scene 101 for Writers: Decisions. Decisions.
  5. Great Tool to Get More eBook Sales - How to Blog a Book
  6. How to Write a Gut-Wrenching Tragic Scene-Thanks to One Surprising Detail! - Helping Writers Become Authors
  7. 8 Visual Content Apps to Create Stunning Images and Videos | Social Media Examiner
  8. Kill me now – what do I do about a negative review? | Nail Your Novel
  9. My Writing Life: Melissa Foster – Kobo Writing Life
  10. Writing Contests: Worth It or Not? - Jeni Chappelle
  11. The 6 Critical Types of Social Media Comments You Must Plan For
  12. ThrillWriting: Choosing a Handgun for Your Character
  13. Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over : Shots - Health News : NPR
  14. Five Keys to Working with Book Stores, Before You’re Published and After - Where Writers Win
  15. General to Specific: From One Sentence to a Plot
  16. Feedback: Finding Problems vs. Fixing Problems | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  17. The Kill Zone: 8 Writer Tips To Keep Your Butt in the Chair
  18. Writer Unboxed » The Reader’s Emotional Journey
  19. Get it Write Tonight: 5 Ways to Intentionally Improve Your Story's Quality
  20. Listen to Your Readers *
  21. David Farland’s Kick in the Pants—Writing Emotions
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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