Julia Hughes - writing thrilling adventures - time after time after time.
With perfect timing, one of my wonderful readers has posted a new review on "A Raucous Time" - which is now available as a free download until Tuesday 28th May (offer ends at midnight EST - which is Wednesday morning here in the UK!)
And there's more ...earlier this month, I asked "The Mind Palace" if they'd be interested in an advance reader copy of my current work in progress, "The Griffin's Girl". The answer came back "Yes - but we'd like to read "The Griffin Cryer" first. One of their Palace Review Squad, A E Shaw has written an insightful and complimentary review, which you can read here, "The Indie Pub" along with other indie publications which win "The Mind Palace's" approval, this is their mission statement:
"Here at the Mind Palace we fully support those who publish through those amazing independent publishers who have kicked our viewing pleasures wide open. The books that are produced via this route are the little gems that keep us on the edge of our seat and begging for more."
A massive thank you to everyone who takes the time and trouble to review, book bloggers and readers alike! It's wonderful to have feedback, and I'm very appreciative. If you've read a great book lately, remember it's good to share!
Here are the links once again to download a free copy of A Raucous Time.
Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk or viewBook.at/B0062SDMV8
Would YOU like an advance reader's copy of "The Griffin Cryer's" sequel? Message me on facebook, tweet on twitter to @tinksaid, or join my mailing list. Thank you!
Answer: Bad reviews!
What do all successful authors do about it?
Get over it!
The first one stings a little, but most successful authors (having already employed an editor, beta readers and proof readers to iron out all the little niggles,) soon learn to deal with the fact that no-one can please everyone all the time. Just make certain the "Hey – I love this book – when's the next one due out?" reviews out weigh the "This story sucks and I barely managed to read it through my yawns" type of reviews, and hope to please most of the people most of the time. By the way, this advice is given by mega successful authors, not just me!
In case any regular blog readers are wondering what brought this little "tough love homily" on, it's because I happened to read a post written by someone who appeared to be in pieces because of one bad review. I meant to compose an uplifting "there there my dear, cry on my shoulder" type post. But really, "get over it" and "move on" makes a better author – and a shorter post.
So on to the next common trait of a successful author –
What else do all successful authors have in common?
I can't speak for other authors, but two recent parodies of "The Griffin Cryer" have had me rocking with laughter. The first has been a very public shameless rip-off by the great Randall Peterson, via his Twitter account @itsonlymeandyou. The second came from my own editor – it's too rude to re-produce here, but if you're over eighteen, and you'd like a copy of "The Griffin Cryer – The Alternative Version" (approx 300 words) email Mervyn@talonpublishing .com, with the subject line "TGC Alternative" – I sincerely hope everyone reading this takes advantage of this offer! (That'll teach him!)
Third and last common successful author trait –
(or if you prefer successful author common trait)
"Write the first draft with the door closed, the second with the door open." (Stephen King – who else?) With this in mind, Sean & Daniel Campbell who are currently working on the long awaited sequel to their chartbusting novel "Dead on Demand" are seeking beta readers. Zoom on over to their site now, before demand exceeds supply, or drop them an email at Early Look @90daysnovel.com (join the spaces).
Wren Prenderson; "A Ripple in Time" best hero.
"The Griffin Cryer" best Urban Fantasy. Thank you to the hard working judges and everyone who voted at the eFestival of Words, organised by Julie Dawson, of Bards & Sages.
A Raucous Time, A Ripple in Time, and The Griffin Cryer. Thank you to Julie and her hard working panel of judges and reviewers.
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