unpublished author

What it feels like to be a NON full-time author…

It’s not easy to write. Honestly, it’s oftentimes a real chore. There are days when I can’t even look at my work because I know that I have no clue where the character or story is going. I take breaks to find inspiration and then I feel like a jerk because I’ve wasted time on other things besides writing (curse you, Cosby show reruns). Every so often I have great floods of creative outpouring (which is FANTASTIC, by the way), but those days seem few and far between. Most days involve threading together those great floods of creative outpouring without slamming my head into the monitor and giving up, and that’s BEFORE I spend time on editing…

The real culprit to my writing troubles is time. There is only so much time in the day and that is quickly devoured by job and family, and all the things that a non-published author is supposed to do in order to market his or her work. My advice, just write. Whenever you can, for as long as you’re able, just find some time to write. As for social media, add things to your channels whenever you get a minute but don’t stress about it because the truth about social media is that it’s oftentimes not very social. Most people will simply pass over your post or maybe hit the like button. Some may offer encouragement and others will offer sarcasm. There’s very little time to talk or to ask questions or to learn more and so most people don’t. I think the sad truth for an author is that nobody cares until they do and they won’t care until you’ve written a few books and more than a few people like what it is that you’ve written. Oh, and if it’s free then maybe people will read it—if they have the time…

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Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Well this was a pretty impressive read. How impressive? In today’s world of digital downloads and library freebies, I will actually kick down hard-earned cash for a nice hardback copy of this book. I will then reread this book at a later date, maybe by a fireplace while sipping hot chocolate. Yes some of the language is dated and perhaps some of the ideas are cliche, but overall, I think it’s safe to say that Dracula is a landmark in fictional writing. Great story, fun characters, and an amazing narrative. Letters, journal entries, and newspaper clippings tell the tale of the most famous vampire to ever suck blood. Five stars and easily one of the greatest horror stories ever written.

5 outta 5 stars

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Shari Sakurai

Shari Sakurai reviews H narratives: Divulgence

Shari Sakurai has a nice review of Divulgence (click here to read). It’s honest and hopefully helps other readers to understand that Hell is not for the squeamish. Shari, like my own mother, had a difficult time getting through some of the tough parts, but overall seemed to enjoy the book. I hope future readers will too.

Thank you, Shari, for the honest review and posting to your blog. Cheers!

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H narratives: Divulgence FREE

H narratives: Divulgence, FREE download!

Download H narratives: Divulgence, FREE! Supernatural horror. EPUB or MOBI. Promo ends 8/1/16.

Six people wake to find themselves in strange surroundings without food, water, or explanation. Unable to escape, patience is lost and tempers flare as impossible things happen far too often, leading to the only conclusion that makes sense—they must be dead.

H narratives: Divulgence, is the mind-altering epic introduction to an afterlife never imagined, a journey like no other and a disturbing truth—death is not what we thought.

Read the first three chapters of H narratives: Divulgence – hnarratives.com/excerpt

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bad book review

Oh no, my book received bad reviews!!!

Well, it was bound to happen. Somebody (more than one, actually) didn’t like my book…

When somebody gives you a bad review (and after you’re done crying), might I suggest that you evaluate that review against the type of book that you have written. I write this to encourage authors, because I may have made the mistake of placing my book into a reading group that it didn’t belong.

Like so many new authors, I have no clue what I’m doing when it comes to publicity. That written, and thinking it good to get my work out to as many people as possible, I posted my book into a variety of reading groups, even giving some away to a variety of readers. To make a long story short, my book is a solid horror story. I wasn’t sure about that when I wrote it, thinking that it might be a mix or blend of supernatural, thriller, action-adventure and horror, but the audience has spoken and it is a horror story. It does contain other elements – action, supernatural, thriller, drama, etc., but it is a horror story first and foremost. I learned this by receiving the best reviews from those who enjoy horror.

A quick tip for authors is to avoid giving books to those who classify themselves as “readers who enjoy everything.” As I have come to discover, this is probably not true or else these reviewers would have enjoyed my book. Now, the skeptic might suggest that a reader can enjoy everything that is well written, but when a review states that things are “too violent” or “too gory”, well, that isn’t about the writing, that is about subject matter, and if a reader enjoys “everything” they should also enjoy violent and gory subject matter.

These observations aren’t written to mock reviewers, or to defend my work, but rather to encourage writers that not all bad reviews are bad, and that time should be taken to learn from ALL reviews. You can learn something from bad reviews. Point is, test the waters without drowning. Find a body of water that you can swim in and then write for those swimmers. I wish you the best, thanks for reading.

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The Last of the Ageless

The Last of the Ageless by Traci Loudin

My mistake.
I was interested in The Last of the Ageless, after browsing a dystopia reading group. I then entered (and won!) a giveaway for this book and was excited to get started. I quickly realized that I had made the wrong assumptions about this book, as it was not what I thought it to be. It is not (in my opinion) a dystopia or post-apocalyptic story in the sense of bad places, or bad things happening in bad places. It isn’t “survival” during or immediately after a crazy event. It isn’t rough or violent and there are no power struggles or human psychology to dive into.

My observation(s).
If you are looking for a nice FANTASY story about shape-shifting humanoids, mind-control and kooky creatures, this might be a fun read for you. It is set in a place that is supposed to be future earth, but that future is FAR removed from a catastrophe that has relegated earth’s inhabitants to a mostly backward existence (think tribes in huts).

There are some creative characters and this is a far-reaching adventure – in that it covers different lands, regions, etc. – but it isn’t very adventurous in the sense of action. There are some action sequences, but these happen during the course of travel and isn’t a main struggle or plot point.

I will add that the author is very creative, writes well enough, and seems to have the beginning to a much bigger world. I am just not an avid reader of such worlds.

If you enjoy fantasy, you might very well enjoy this book.

2 stars outta 5 (from somebody not interested in the fantasy genre)

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