Lily’s Blog 15/06/14

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Oh my GOSHHHHH im so excited right now, I’ve officially decided im going to start writing my own novel…TODAY! Yes i am going to actually start putting fingers to keys and mapping out what the hell is going on inside my mashed up brain. I need to get this out before i actually forget what i want to write about, it’s happened before, im a dope. So, watch this space, i will be updating on my progress.

Anyway, i am currently reading Purified by Brian Robert Smith. Its going well, although i have encountered a few foibles, nothing too major however. Am quite enjoying it if im honest.

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I want to raise an issue with ‘reviewer bashing’ at present…. and there is nothing that grinds my gears more. I with authors would understand the difference between criticism and bitchyness. Lets be honest, if you want to publish your own book, you need to get yourself a backbone and some thicker skin! Understand that not everyone is going to enjoy your book, this is because everyone is different and is entitled to their own opinion, you may have heard of a lil thing called freedom of speech.

AUTHORS, I IMPLORE YOU TO READ – Before you go reviewer bashing, just remember this. They have taken time out of their life, to read something YOU have written. Also, in a lot of cases, YOU have been the one to ask the reviewer their opinion and a review of your book. If you don’t want harsh reality handed to you on a plate, i suggest you don’t do this. YOU should also check the background of a reviewer you are asking for help, as all reviewers are different. Some are blatantly honest and constructively critical, which i think is the better of the two kinds if im honest. Some will just tell you what you want to hear – these are the more useless people who are as helpful as an inflatable dartboard. However, if you want an unrealistic expectation of your book, maybe these are the people for you.

Rant over.

I just needed to say this as a good friend of mine has had this happen recently. She read and gave a completely realistic and fair review of a young authors book. Instead of understanding and appreciating the effort and feedback, she has decided to flame the reviewer instead. This is very poor reaction from an author and it does reflect badly on you. It will also put reviewers off reading your book. Anyway, no naming names & im going to move on now…. *breathes*.

Oh & happy Fathers day to any daddy’s out there today! Huzzah 🙂

Toodle Pip~

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6 thoughts on “Lily’s Blog 15/06/14

  1. Agreed on the reviewer bashing. Although it stings when someone says your work is a load of arse, you’ve pretty much got to suck it up. I try to keep a sense of humour about it.

    Good luck with your novel as well. Don’t worry too much about making it perfect first time through as even the best authors have to go through repeated (and tedious) sessions of editing before it’s ready for release.

    • I daresay i will feel the same when the time comes and someone whips me with a kipper. However, i will take constructive feedback and do what needs to be done.

      Dont get me wrong, i dont appreciate it when people are bitchy and just slag off stuff, i dont support that at all. Its just meaaaaaan!

  2. I totally agree on that. As a publisher, the harsh reality is what an author will get at all times. Just because it’s not right or it needs work, doesn’t mean you should give there reviewer a slapping. Think about what they have said and take that as an opportunity to review your work, and make it amazing. The go back to that reviewer and show them how your work has progressed since the last time they read your book. I think if you want reality, you want a descent reviewer.

  3. Lily, long time no see, my friend!;)

    I’m so happy for you and your decision to try your hand at novel writing. Whatever you do, I’m sure it’ll be great. I look forward to hearing all about your progress!

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