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Please, Please, Please Read the Requirements for Reviews

When a book reviewer takes the time to give requirments for a book to be reviewed, then courtesy would be to read what he or she takes the time to write.

I LOVE Indie authors and I don’t like to turn them down, but I have had to turn down several lately. They either didn’t see the requirements, which are ON THE ABOUT PAGE, or just skimmed through them. I would hope that they just didn’t blow them off. I am a teacher. I like to find books that students might enjoy but would never see if I didn’t review them, because they are not on the shelves of the “big name bookstores”. There is more to life than Shakespeare, although I love Shakespeare, and will include his works in literature studies.

There are authors like Ivan Amberlake, Rebecca Graf, L. Benedict Dunn IV, Aaron Denius Garcia, Pembroke Sinclair, C.P. Bialois, James Calbraith, Haley Fisher, and SO MANY MORE. I have so many that I love.

I look forward to getting book review requests, but am highly disappointed when an author sends me a book that does not meet the requirements. I am an author myself, and I know how important it is to get others to read your book, but as long as you go about it the right way it all works out. I wish you all the best! Happy Reading!

~Bethanie

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Editing Rant

Now, before anyone gets bent out of shape, it is not the Indies that I am speaking of. Very surprisingly, I have seen more HUGE editing mistakes in the BIG publishing companies–Random House, especially–than I have in all the Indie books I have read or have been reading.

Now, let’s think about this for a moment. Did they fire all of their editors? They claim they are so much better than the indie authors’ self-edited works. Well here’s a bee for your bonnet. They’re not.

Lately I have read a mixture of books, some Indie and some big companies. Ready for this. The Indies’ books are better edited than the big companies. I am not quite sure what is happening. It honestly used to be the other way around. Could it be that Indies take more pride in their work? Could it be that the big companies just don’t care anymore? Could the tides be changing?

I am thinking, yes, to all the above. The big companies need to watch it. Put out poor works and you get poor profits. Put out works that someone has taken pride in and you get the best of the best. Rant over.

THANK YOU INDIE AUTHORS!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!

Bethanie

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Taken by Erin Bowman–Thoughts by Bethanie

Taken by Erin Bowman

Taken

By: Erin Bowman

Genre:  YA Dystopian–Action

Remember that project that I had eluded to a few posts ago? Well, this begins the first in that project. Erin Bowman picked up by Harper Teen, I found this book on the VERY DISCOUNTED shelf at my local bookstore. I bought it for $3.99 discounted from $17.99. She didn’t hit the NYTBS list so evidently Harper Teen didn’t think she was worth giving a lot of press to. It really made me angry.

This author is an excellent writer. The storyline was incredible. I found out THROUGH AMAZON that there are four other books in this series. You better believe I will be buying them. Ms. Bowman did not get the amount of press she deserved. Again, a case of not NYTBS material, her “BIG Publishing Company” left her to fend for herself. Completely unfair! She has now become a jewel in the sea of the books I have found that have excellent writing and storyline behind them. Pick it up. If you enjoy high action and strange happenings, you’ll enjoy this.

The other books that are in this series:

Frozen (taken 2)       Book 2 of Taken series            Forged (taken 3)        Book 3 of Taken series       Stolen (taken novella)     Taken Novella

So, have you ever heard of her? If you have and I am amiss in saying they don’t give her enough press, please tell me. However, I have never seen this book or anything about the author that wrote it until I saw it in my local bookstore. I get new release notices all the time from Harper Teen and have never once seen these. The Third book–Forged–is scheduled for release in April or May of this year. Happy reading!

~Bethanie

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I Am Starting a Project

So, I have a rant today.

I originally posted this reply on WP site Publishing Insights to the article– Self-Publishing: Blessings and Woes:

After reading all of the posts on this, I agree with everything except the statement that “anyone can write a book”. That is one thing I will completely disagree with. Can anyone put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and come up with a book? Yes, anyone can.
However, writing is not just putting thoughts down on paper. Writing is an art. As authors, you have to become your character. You have to react the way they would react and say what they would say, create the world they are going to live in and make it believable. You have to live the experience in the book, whether through your imagination or through real life.
You pour your heart and soul into your character or characters and make them a real and believable person even though they are fictitious. You have to make your reader hear their voice and see through their eyes, as if they were living it with the character in your book.
You do not publish a book on your second draft. Give me your seventh, tenth, or fifteenth draft. I want the one that is so very polished that nothing makes me stumble through it.
I LOVE Indie authors. I have found so many that write better than the highest paid, traditionally published, agented authors. Yet if they tried to find an agent, they couldn’t because most agents don’t care enough to read what they have written.
Take J. K. Rowling, famous author of Harry Potter. She sent her manuscripts to so many agents and it was rejected so many times. Why? I wonder how many agents are kicking themselves now.
The negative aspect, though, is that everyone does write a book and publishes their second draft and that is where we have those that think they can make a million dollars with their first published book. When they see it doesn’t work that way, it is tossed in the waves of the sea of self-published books and their rolling waves cover those that are AMAZING authors.
My purpose, as a reader, is to find those shimmering jewels that the sun catches just right. My purpose as a reviewer is to tell others about the jewels I have discovered. I must try and calm the endless waves of water and sand as it sifts through my fingers where lo and behold I find the jewel.
Self-publishing is a hard route to take. Those that do and create a work of art in written words, I applaud them.

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So here is my idea. Ever wonder what happened to those agented and traditionally published authors that didn’t make the NYT Best-Sellers’ list or any of the best sellers lists? I often have, so I am going to find out.

Everyone is so preoccupied with the idea that you have to have an agent to make it. I cannot say whether that is true or not. I have seen many authors who were agented and picked up by one of the “Big Five” or ten or twelve, I’ve lost count. I am speaking of those authors that are part of the big publishing houses, that didn’t make it. I have also seen some that did make it to NYTBS list that should never have been on it in the first place. Those are the ones I wonder about.

Just because you are picked up by a big publishing house does not guarantee that you will make it in the big time. Just because their book is on NYTBS list does not mean it should be there.

I walk into my local bookstore and look at the shelves that I frequent and there are some authors on those shelves that I have never even heard of before. One in particular was Erin Bowman. She wrote Taken. Guess where I found her book–on the major discount shelf. It was a hard back book and it only cost me $5. I figured, why not. It was published in 2013. I bought the book in 2013 and am just now picking it up to read.

Just recently I found out that the next two books are being released in March and April of this year. I only saw this info on Amazon. I get e-mails all the time from HARPER TEEN a month before telling me about new books that are being released. Never once did I see Ms. Bowman’s books on those newsletters.   She was picked up by HARPER TEEN on the first book and I think the next two are with them too, but am not sure. So here is my question–Why haven’t I heard about these new books?

As a top publishing house wouldn’t you want to make ALL your new books known, instead of the choice few, big-time money making authors? So the conclusion I have come to is that the big publishing houses have a tendency to hold back their NON-NYTBS list authors. This gives me another reason to dislike them and not trust them. This makes me cheer and pull for the underdog–the self-published and unpublicized. Have I seen a poster at the front of my local bookstore about Erin Bowman’s books? No.

Is her publishing company helping advance her career? No, not in my opinion, yet another reason to dislike them. So, my friends in the INDIE group, don’t give up, but make sure what you put out there is the best of the best. I believe in you!

~Bethanie

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