Monthly Archives: June 2015

Hyperearth review

I was tempted to only give this book 3.5 stars, but on closer reflection I realized it because I’m not a lover of fantasy, and the story seemed more likely to appeal to a younger audience. So, I had to put myself. In the frame of mind of a young fantasy reader. It has all the makings of a good fantasy story: castles, strange creatures, odd names, heroes and heroines… Two girls stumble upon a fantasy world called Hyperearth. There they discover
there’s an evIl l villain that must be captured. To do so, however, they must collect things, which takes them on several journeys, where they meet all sorts of interesting characters. Marco did a great job telling the story. The book is well edited, with only a couple typos (what book doesn’t have those) On reevaluation, I decided he definitely deserved 4 stars.

Well-done, Marco

Indie publishing versus traditional publishing

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I’m amazed at all the battling I hear about self-publishing versus traditional publishing. I shake my head at the bitterness and arguing that goes on. I posted previously about people expecting free books (see: Free books – Should They Be Free, so I thought I’d add my thoughts on this subject as well. I’ve wanted to write my entire life, but I never had the courage – never thought I was good enough to sell my stories to an agent. Why is that? I ask myself now. Sure, there are people who don’t care for what I write, but then there are people who love it. My point here is, to get picked up by a significant traditional publisher – most of them in fact, you have to hook an agent. This means your manuscript gets sent to a slush pile where it waits to be read (this day it’s most likely an email box) and hopefully the person who picks it up will like it. If that person likes it, they offer you a contract. But don’t get too excited, that’s only the first step. That agent still has to sell your book to the publisher. Get my point.

If you get picked up by a publisher (I had one once) you’re banking on them producing a quality book- doesn’t always happen, but usually it does. The author is still expected to have the best book possible before submitting. Which means he or she should hire a proofreader or editor to help.

Now, I’ve heard many comments about how self-published authors don’t know what they are doing. That isn’t true. While it’s also true there are SOME self-published authors putting out pretty bad work. I’ve heard readers complain when they get books with errors in them, but then I’ve read many books by A list authors with errors in them. NO book is perfect. Most indie authors strive to give their readers a quality product.

I’d like to compare this with any other business. If a person goes to school to learn to become a mechanic, doctor, lawyer, etc.. they can graduate school and open a business. People come to them and their business grows. Everyone can choose the path of their dream. They may make it. They may not, but at least they gave it a try. There wasn’t an agent standing by saying they don’t have what it takes to be a good doctor. Their work and the people who sought their services made that decision.

That’s all Indie publishers are asking. Give us a chance. Let us prove we can do it. Give us the chance to pursue our dream without criticism and negativity. If we’re good we’ll make it. If not, we’ll falter and move on…just like any other business.

So, next time you’re looking for a good book, please don’t stop on the front page where all the A list authors live. Give the rest of us a try. You might be surprised.

Thanks for listening.

Victoria Schwimley

Review of Marilyn

4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read,June 17, 2015

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I really enjoyed this story for its strong characters. The villain has kidnapped a child right from under his mother’s watch. The mother seemed distracted by her guilt over neglecting her son, which made her even more determined to find him. Good people die, though and that was a bit. of a tug on the heart. Some of the murders seemed pointless (in my opinion) but maybe I was missing something in the story. Hats off to JD Lawrence for a job well-done.