Critiques and reviews are inspirations for me, and I know I am not alone in this mindset.
Getting a critique of a book during the editing stage, for example, can help bolster your writing in a way that is impossible to measure in worth. Many sets of eyes can find rough spots in the initial drafts, which can be smoothed out throughout later drafts. Without critiques, a book is simply not going to be in its best form.
As I mentioned last month, the idea of what is “good” is up to the reader. The old cliché — beauty is in the eye of the beholder — carries truth. Online reviews can be a tool to enhance what works well and to gauge what can be improved upon in future writings.
Reviews are exceedingly important, nonetheless, for an author. Reviews are a gift to the author — a gift which takes only a few moments to complete. From an author’s standpoint, I’ve gained a much greater understanding of why reviews are important, so I offer my feedback for each book I finish reading. I even offer those reviews on my own website to offer my readers insight into what I’ve been doing besides writing. 😊
In essence, the more reviews a book has, the better chance it has of being seen by a wider audience. Online booksellers, such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. use algorithms that allow a book to be seen more based on the number reviews. This helps authors in two ways: allowing the work to potentially be read by more people and to support the author whose work you enjoy. So, my request to you: offer reviews when you can, as they help authors immensely.
Please be sure to check out the website for continuous updates on my progress. Some of the updates are below:
Thanks again for your support!
Besides taking the time to read my updates, please visit the following links to create a review of The Alterator’s Light, The Point of Woes, or The Tower of Dread if you’ve read those stories. Reviews are quick to create! They offer potential readers insight into what you thought about the book.
Reviews are quick to create! They offer potential readers insight into what you thought about the book. They also help get the word out about the stories and the author. You can simply search for the title of each of my books on Goodreads and/or Amazon or follow the links below.
For Amazon, please click here.
For Goodreads, please click here.
You can also check my work out at BookBub by clicking here.
Until next time, I wish you a wonderful April!
Kylie recently wrote this poem as a part of a high school assignment to emulate the style of an Elie Wiesel poem titled "Never Shall I Forget."
While Wiesel's poem (click here for that poem) offers a clear indication of the horrors of the Holocaust, Kylie's poem offers a juxtaposition in that humanity can reach an endearing love, not only for another, but for other living beings who share our planet. Poetry can be very illusive in meaning, etc. but Kylie captures the pleasures of meeting a new friend and family member for the first time. Enjoy!
Never shall I forget that day, the day we got our puppy Luc, that gave my family the laughter we didn't know we were missing.
Never shall I forget that excitement on the lengthy drive to pick him up.
Never shall I forget the smile that spread over my face as I gazed out the window toward him.
Never shall I forget the warmth of the tiny body as he was placed into my arms.
Never shall I forget the most memorable drive home with him in my lap.
Never shall I forget those tiny legs running through the grass once we arrived home.
Never shall I forget those things, even when his fur turns grey.
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