Good Reviews/Bad Reviews what does it all mean?

I’ve discussed reviews a few times over the years, and recently I see many new authors struggling to make sense of it all. My best analogy is, take four friends to a movie and you’ll come out with four different opinions. For the most part, that is all reviews are – opinions.

However if you find in a lot of your reviews a similar theme, IE: plot holes, character flaws, grammar issues, then you know those areas are problematic. You need to take them all with a grain of salt, and a learning tool. Use what you need, ignore the rest.

I am going to leave you with two examples here of wildy opposing reviews from a book I recently read that I absolutely fell in love with – AND from one of own books too!

https://www.amazon.com/Demonologist-Novel-Andrew-Pyper-ebook/dp/B008J4TDSO

The Demonologist: A Novel by [Andrew Pyper]
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5 ***** Review
The “Demonologist” is without a doubt the most unusual story I have read this year. Breathtaking in its suspense and narrative scope, this story unfolds slowly at first, then gaining speed to the final pages and denouement, drawing all the strands of the story to a surprise finish with a double meaning. Supernatural occurrances interwoven with flashbacks and the present storyline kept me on the edge of my seat to the point that I finished it in two days, nearly couldn’t put it down, but at the same time being unable to read this in bed before trying to sleep due to the disturbing subject matter. The author is masterful in his prose, so good that I need to look up other writings of his – the only question is which one is next, and of course how can it possibly match what I just finished reading. You will need to suspend your sense of what works in the present world a bit, but its easily done because of the way it draws you in! Highly recommended & Five Stars!
The Demonologist: A Novel by [Andrew Pyper]

1 * Review
DEMONOLOGIST…..This is the worst book I have ever read! The book begins with a divorce, goes on to a close friend telling the main character that she is dying. The book includes suicide, a desperate chance in Rome to be brought to help a man in deep religious torment. The entire situation terrifies him meanwhile the author sees John Milton’s PARADISE LOST as an evil piece of literature. Confused? the book gets worse. The main character returns to America and starts having evil hallucinations and this mess just gets worse and worse I cannot see how this mess ever got published! Don’t bother to try to read it. It’s a lost caus

NOW MINE

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5****

 Good space drama/character study Wow! This book had me biting my nails to the end. It wasn’t that there was so much action involved (although there were pivotal moments with some action that moved the story along all in a leap). It was more that you grew to care about the characters and were left on the edge of your seat, wondering what was going to happen to them. Would they ever escape their imprisonment? Was there anything out there for them if they did escape? It was so grim in the beginning, I found my mood altering to match Finn’s dark brooding, his wish to keep everyone he cared about safe, his helplessness at being unable to do so. When events occurred, I was puzzled and alarmed and joyful right along with him, the mark of a good story. I’m glad I took this ride.

1*

Cardboard characters Such an interesting idea, so unconvincingly developped. What a pity.

So there you have it, people love it or hate it, or somewhere inbetween it! Give it your all, get an editor, and keep writing! I’d love to see some of your best and worst reviews. Share in the comments and show the world we’re not alone in this crazy journey!

The importance of not blogging

I was a steady once a week blogger, for three years. That is a lot of blogs.  I wrote about writing, trial and error, and how to promote. Or I’d share my newest book, free stories, author spotlights, and interviews. Plus tons of other fun, writerly things during that time. 

But then I got serious about putting that time to better use and began concentrating more on short stories. Stories that would be worthy of submitting to anthologies. While I still have novels in the works, this is what I’ve done in Sept/Oct of 2019 – with still more to come!

 

 

The Elements of Horror. 

I missed the deadline for fire – but you need the entire collection anyway – don’t you think? 

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A DISCOVERY OF WRITERS 

A great group of http://www.friends from around the globe came together in this masterpiece. 

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100 WORD HORROR DRABBLES

You try telling a story in a 100 words – grab book one and two for another complete collection. You wont regret it. 

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DEPTH OF DARKNESS

The writers of IASD Group bring tales of terror to life in this horrific collection. Watch the amazing live motion promo, then grab your copy.

 

Click here to access all of the above, plus more!

https://www.amazon.com/Theresa-Jacobs/e/B01BAS13T2

Amazing things happen when you say YES

Writing a novel is an arduous task. Then you have to add marketing and publishing on top of that.  I am writing two novels at the same time, this has become a common practice for me, plus I have the blog and the day job.

Yada-yada, you all know the drill. 

I’ve also been asked to attempt some new tasks that were quite frankly, scary.  I took a deep breath and said YES! I mean what’s the worst that can happen? It’ll turn out to be crap and we’ll all move on.

So what’s the task you ask?

October 22 2017, I was approached by my friend Lisa Crawford, she wanted to know if I would be interested in writing a 15 minute horror script for a film festival. 

I’ve never written a script before, I don’t even know what that looks like. And I said, “I can try.” 

I googled “HOW TO WRITE A SCRIPT” and then I wrote it. 

On October 23 2017 I sent her the first draft, and she loved it. 

Films, even short ones, take time. On Feb 1 2019, we had the first “unofficial” wrap party. The film is in editing and will soon be submitted to many festivals. That means I can’t share with you all – YET – but I can share the progress along the way.

WATCH TRAILER NOW :  https://sofy.tv/viewer/film/death-game-

 

Now imagine if I said, “No, I can’t do that.”  None of the above would exist.

It’s okay to try and fail, it’s not okay to be non-existent.

You can follow Death Game Film on

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deathgamefilm/?tn-str=k*F

Twitter: https://twitter.com/deathgamefilm

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deathgamefilm/?hl=en

You can also join the demon, where new postings list, calls for future stories will happen and more #Brimorie https://www.facebook.com/demonoftechnology/

DEATH THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT on google play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.technocannons.DeathGame

I must give shout out to my amazingly strong, beautiful, intelligent, and supportive friend Jackie. She has been beside me, there for me, and cheered me on from the start of my journey. Thank you xoxo

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What have you done that scared you but you did it anyway?

Giveaway Results

Thank you all who participated in the chance to win $25.00 Cash and receive a free book.  The Winner has been contacted to accept their prize. (Of course, I won’t share their emailUntitled.jpg

The end results of a three-day giveaway were 1878 contestants.

215 Email Subscribers to my author email (12 unsubscribers) and yes there will be more as time goes on,  but still worth it.

102 Free book downloads.

1023 Visitors to my Blog with 95 Subscribers.

2580 social media reshares.

It was a fun experiment and helped me learn some features in my MailChimp. Never hurts to have fun and try something new. Hope most of you stick around to share some fun blogs or be here for the next giveaway!

Thank you all, Theresa

 

Bust out of the writing mold

Aren’t you tired of reading, or even seeing, the same old formula? The Hero always wins, the guy gets the girl. Two people met, they fall in love, they have a big fight, they make up and ride off into the sunset.

 

If you read the structures, and plot outlines, and writing for mainstream, they all tell you the same thing. Stick to the formula. Or you’ll hear if you want to make it as a writer, you must do these things, don’t deviate.

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Well, I say screw that!

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Why not have someone else ride in and save the day?

 

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Kill the Hero

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Hero saves the girl – or vise versa-  but they loathe each other. Or feel more like relatives. Or just bff’s for life.

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Two people meet and fall in love meet other people and break up. Shake up the audience.

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Sure, we all want to root for the good guy, but in life, they don’t always come out on top. Why should in they in fiction?

 

So far Game of Thrones has been the best example of all of the above.

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I am loving this formula and trying to keep my books away from the norm. Sure, one of them has two teens in love, and they stay together through thick and thin. But I wrote that one twenty years ago and didn’t know any better.

Now I aim to write, creepy, interesting, or unique stories. Some that haven’t been told before and other’s that may have but with a twist.

How do you bust out of the norm? Share your ideas’ or drop your titles.

 

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Darn it …what was my blog?

 

While blogging weekly can be a daunting undertaking, most of us find something to talk about. However when you have a brilliant flash of a blog mid week but neglect to write it down – that’s a pisser!

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I awoke this morning to blog and had absolutely no idea what my mind-blowingly-thousand-likes -blog was going to be!

 

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I did my chores, walked the dog, had some lunch and tried not to think about it. Maybe it would sneak back into my consciousness if I avoided thinking about it altogether.

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Clearly, via the state of this Blog, that did not happen. Perhaps next week I’ll have that showstopper. But for today you are left with this –

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Debut Novel, 5* reviews https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B786Z7K

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