So, let’s make a deal…
I need your help, folks. I need reviews. Honest reviews.
And, since i hate asking for anything without giving something in return, I’ve set up a little shin-dig over at Story Cartel, where you can download a FREE copy of my book Zombies, Inc. Plus, just because I’m a swell guy like that (you in the back, stop laughing or leave the room) I’m even putting up three $10 Amazon gift cards!
All you have to do to qualify is–download the book from here, and follow the instructions. To qualify for one of the gift cards, you must leave a review at the link provided in the email instructions you’ll receive from StoryCartel.com. That’s it. All I ask for is an honest, SPOILER-FREE review.
Well, what do y’all say? Help an ol’ boy out, couldja?
I’ve had a lot of great feedback lately.
Some of it has been to tell me how much they loved what they’d just read, and when would I be doing either a romance or a YA.
My response is “probably never.”
I say “probably” because I never start a novel with a particular genre in mind, although I usually gravitate toward the thriller.
I’ve tried to focus my efforts toward a specific genre before, and the results can best be described (without a lot of very colorful language) as abysmal. In other words, it reads like exactly what it is: manufactured fiction.
I won’t do that. The way I see things, you as the reader deserves better than a half-hearted effort. so if a romance or a YA pops out of my head, I’ll write it. Until then, I’m not going to force it; sorry folks.
Stephen King calls fiction “the truth inside the lie.” If I ever find myself being less than honest in my writing efforts, I’ll hang it up for good. Until then, I’ll continue to write what wants to be written, the best way I know how.
I give up.
For months now I’ve been searching for a writing group.
A real writing group, where members read and critique each other’s work, offer suggestions and support, and generally share their love of the craft. Here’s what I’ve found, instead. Keep in mind, not all of these are bad things, and some of them have been very beneficial. But I’m still looking for the right group:
- Places where authors advertise their work–to other authors.
- Places where authors can coordinate promotions and giveaways–this has been awesome!
- Places where people go to whine about rejection letters and share excuses as to why they aren’t writing. These annoy me.
I’m currently waiting on an email response from a local group, but if that doesn’t pan out, I may have to start one of my own. If I do, here are the basic ground rules:
- HONEST critiques are welcome; no one benefits from “That’s lovely, dear” without real input. However, respect will be shown to all members and their work. If you can’t figure out how to say what you need to say without being a douchebag, maybe you shouldn’t be writing.
- There are countless forums, Facebook groups, and websites where you can post advertisements for your work. This will not be one of them. The purpose of this group will be for members to recieve and give input on their work in progress.
- While we all know how important reviews are, this isn’t going to be a review-trading forum. Should someone read your book and feel compelled to leave a review, fine. But no “I’ll review yours if you review mine” nonsense.
Thoughts? Input? Additions? Just want to tell me I’m crazy? I’d really much prefer to find and join an existing group, as I’m insanely busy as it is, and I hate starting something I can’t keep up with. If you know of an existing group like this, either online or locally in the Springfield, MO area, leave me a comment and let me know.