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Sunday, June 28, 2020

July 4th is coming up ...have you started your Christmas shopping yet?


cj Sez:  Next weekend is July Fourth … Independence Day … the celebration of the birth of independence for the United States of America.


  As a nation, we are sadly less united this year than we’ve been in a very long time, but I appreciate where I live and the freedoms I have, freedoms fought and died for by heroes since the 1700s. And the struggles continue. I stand to honor our flag, place my hand over my heart to recite the pledge of allegiance to that flag, and am happy and proud to be an American...and so is Lee Greenwood: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4X0uH9s1xg 

P.S. July 4 is also the birthday of Mahala Church, one of the original authors of Lyrical Pens. Happy  Birthday, Mahala, and best wishes for many, many more.
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Following up on last week’s post about review trolls, here’s my idea about what the number of review stars means to me:

1 star      Didn’t like it at all. It had major issues, as in perhaps it didn’t meet expectations for the genre.  Example: If it was supposed to be a romance but didn’t have a happily ever after ending. (Personally, I wouldn’t give a story like this a review because it really deserved zero stars, and I can’t do that.)
2 stars    Kind of liked it, but there were too many errors. Those errors could include a lot of punctuation mistakes, facts wrong, poor characterizations, settings not described or wrong, or a thread introduced in the beginning of the story didn’t get tied up.
3 stars    Liked it. Didn’t skip paragraphs or pages. Had no trouble reading to the end.
4 stars    Good story. Well told. Really liked it. Captured my attention.
5 stars    Loved this story. Happy to recommend it.

   Now that I’ve re-read my personal take on what review stars mean—with apologies to the all the authors who desperately want 5-star reviews, myself included—I’m going to have to revise how I score the stories I read. I would expect my stories to receive the same kind of consideration.

   One rule I have: Unless pushed to the edge, I do not want to write a review for close friends’ books. If I don’t like the story, it’ll cost me a friendship. If I like it but don’t give it as many stars as they expect or that I gave to someone else, it’ll cost me a friend.
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   That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same, (Sending up prayers for your health and safety.) 


cj

  My love story, “Love is Immortal” is the first short story in Bienvenue to the Chateau Rouge anthology
One of the 5 star reviews … 5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is a wonderful array of short stories about an awesome hotel and an incredible staff. Totally keeps your attention through each story.”


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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Fathers Day and review trolls


cj Sez: Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, and adoptive fathers.  

From the Lyrical Pens Archives:
A fellow writer was grieving and questioning what to do about a one-star review on Amazon that complained about something that wasn’t in her novel. Obviously, the reviewer hadn’t even read the book.

   One- and two-star reviews can be devastating, both for future sales and on the author. Wherever there’s an opportunity to post a review, there will be trolls ready and waiting with low ratings—whether they’re warranted or not. I’ve seen reviews by people who purchased an item on Amazon then rated the product one star because they thought delivery took too long. Had nothing to do with the quality of the product.

   So where am I going with all this? It’s to reinforce why comments and reviews need to be put in perspective. Don’t let the naysayers persuade you that your work isn’t good. Hiding within the electronic wafers of the Internet are nameless, faceless, and wretched on-line trolls. (Whew! I feel better now.)

   We can’t realistically expect all reviews to be five-stars (okay, we do, but that’s beside the point). I admit to having desperate pangs when someone dings a story. Yes, it skews the “average,” but then I re-read the good reviews that I do have (some posted, some not) and calm down a bit. I remind myself that I cannot please every reader out there. There will always be someone who dislikes some characterization, challenges some datum, or is offended by a piece of history. Always. Duh. That’s the reason there are a gazillion different stories in multiple genres for the gazillion different readers.

   If you receive a poor review from an on-line troll, consider the source, and please do not respond to the reviewer. That could dig a deeper, darker hole than you want to dive into. For a review like the one mentioned in my first paragraph, perhaps a conversation with Amazon (if that’s where it is made) might get the unjustified/ unfair review removed. Might.

   In the meantime, if you’re like me, you’ll console yourself with a treat, and a hot fudge cream puff works for me.

   Speaking of reviews . . . have you taken the time to give an on-line review for the latest book you read? You might be able to refute some troll.
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Passing along info…
***Call for #submissions!***
Bienvenue Press is pleased to announce a Christmas-themed anthology for charity benefiting the Acadiana Writing Project.

What are we looking for? Romance stories featuring a character who works in the educational system.     https://bit.ly/2Yn0iGX
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   The following is, or should be, a keeper for your personal “The Craft of Writing” library:  https://writersinthestormblog.com/2020/06/power-of-pronouns-part-1
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   That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same, (Sending up prayers for your health and safety.)

cj

   My love story, “Love is Immortal” is one of the short stories in Bienvenue to the Chateau Rouge anthology. 
   I also have a short, short story in the bonus Lagniappe, which is a free download.

"If you like vampires and spirits, things that vanish into thin air, or even if you don't you will love this book. I have read all her Chateau Rouge book and never get let down."


   TO ORDER my autographed books or any book of your choice on-line from my favorite indie bookstore, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop 

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