A negative review hits like a bullet straight to the heart by Linda Rae Blair

Author Linda Rae Blair
Author Linda Rae Blair

One moment you are a self-confident author and the next you are a shaky, weepy blob of human being with your confidence smashed and a lump in your throat the size of your fist. Then your defenses kick in. Your brain child has been insulted for absolutely NO good reason. Some sadistic person has targeted your work unfairly, and you cannot understand how anyone can be so downright mean! Now you’re getting angry.

Okay, it’s time for a reality check here.

What does a negative review tell you, anyway? Really!?

Read it again…does it really say what your brain registered the first time around? Perhaps not. Perhaps the reader is saying more about him/herself than about your writing. Example: The reader complains that something was wrong with the formatting that made it difficult for him/her to “work” his/her way through the book. Rather than take the time to get through it, he/she gave up and gave you a 1-star hit. Continue reading “A negative review hits like a bullet straight to the heart by Linda Rae Blair”

Sneak Peek: Nancy Naigle’s Sweet Tea and Secrets

Sweet Tea and SecretsToday, we get a sneak peek of author Nancy Naigle’s suspense novel, Sweet Tea and Secrets:

Adams Grove is mourning the loss of Pearl Clemmons, known for her award-winning Chocolate Pecan Pie and the best unsolicited advice in the county. When Jill returns to settle her grandmother’s estate, she’s greeted by a Clydesdale-sized guardian dog who doesn’t seem to be earning his stripes (although he drools on them pretty well), and Garrett Malloy, the ex-fiancé she left behind a year ago. Jill insists on staying at Pearl’s amidst a string of break-ins that have sleepy Adams Grove wide awake and locking its doors. Jill’s past with Garrett becomes the least of her worries when she learns that their lives are in danger. She is the only person standing between a desperate conman and a secret from Pearl’s past. Will Pearl’s past kill any chance of Jill and Garrett’s future together? Continue reading “Sneak Peek: Nancy Naigle’s Sweet Tea and Secrets”

Indies Unlimited Welcomes M. Edward McNally to the Team!

Ed McNally

Indies Unlimited has acquired McNally Global in a hostile takeover bid. I am pleased to announce that my long time arch-nemesis and respected colleague Michael Edward “Ed” McNally will be joining Indies Unlimited as a contributing author. Ed will bring the kind of gravitas and intellectual firepower needed to class up this joint. I don’t care where he gets it, as long as he brings it.

Ed is a quick wit, a skilled writer and an all-around good guy. You’ll be seeing his posts here on a weekly basis.

In addition, Ed is a good friend and the author of The Norothian Cycle, an epic fantasy series.  I read the first of these, The Sable City. I was extremely impressed with McNally’s writing and imagination. I highly recommend it.

Please join Kat, JD, Cathy and me in welcoming Ed McNally to Indies Unlimited!

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How to promote your work…

I wrote this as a post on Linkedin a few weeks back.  I keep getting emails about it from indie writers (indie writers disguised as people who want to sell me viagra). I thought that I would share it here.  Plus, I am sick as a dog’s butt and don’t want to write anything new.  Anyway, if you want to sell tons of books, talk to someone else.  If you want to sell as many as I do, listen to me! Continue reading “How to promote your work…”