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Monday, September 8, 2014

WRITING IS A DISCIPLINE, STORYTELLING AN ART, AND REVIEWS ARE A NECESSITY

By Mary Adair

Simply said, authors write because the stories inside their imagination clamor to be released. Any art needs discipline, you might say. Of course, that is true, but that special talent that resides within artists to express themselves in their craft is unique to them. If I picked up a book whose cover was hidden and began reading, and that book happened to be written by Kathleen Woodiwiss,  (http://tinyurl.com/pvbdy4l )  I would recognize her style of storytelling. I would know, without being told, that Ms Woodiwiss is the author.



The same is true for Bess Trissell (http://tinyurl.com/mop6kfq )  



and Caroline Clemmons. http://tinyurl.com/nxm2nkg )




All are great Storytellers, who excel in their craft and are easy to recognize. 

Every author I know wants to find and develop their own particular talent for storytelling, their “voice”. They study and research their topic, they plot, they outline, and then they “Create” the best story they have written.  Believe me, turning that baby you have just produced, and dressed up in the best, prettiest, most exciting cover, over to the publisher is both accelerating and frightful. Of course, a writer must write, so even though the author starts on their next book, they have not turned their back on the newly released book.

There are blogs to write, tweets to be tweeted, announcements to be sent and reviews to be checked. 

Believe it or not, Reviews are the most important. Honest reviews from readers and fans are necessary for the author to know how well they are doing. Sales are important, true, but it’s the reviews and comments from readers that make the whole process rewarding to an author. Even a bad review is not bad to receive. 

Reviews, the good, the bad and the ugly, not only help the author hone their craft, but they direct other story lovers to the books they would most enjoy.

So…after finishing your next book, make the author’s day by leaving an honest review on the site where you bought the book.

Award winning, PASSION’S VISION will be available FREE at Story Cartel for a short while in exchange for an honest review. 




16 comments:

  1. As an avid reader, I appreciate the work you authors do. I have ulterior motives when I leave a review - I want you to keep writing. So it is a win-win for both of us.

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    1. Karren, Thank you for leaving a comment. It is wonderful that you leave reviews for the books you read. I understand the win-win. I had actually never thought about it that way. I will always welcome your reviews, good or bad.

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  2. Mary, great post. I agree having readers who enjoy your work leave a review that is helpful to the next reader, is the greatest form of flattery a writer can attain. Readers are the main reason we write other than having to get the pesky characters and stories out of our heads.

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    1. Isn't that the truth! :) I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

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  3. Excellent post, Mary. You said it so well, and thanks for the mention.

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    1. Thanks, I am glad you enjoyed the post. I had to mention, your Somewhere Series are some of my favorite stories!

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  4. Thanks, Mary, for the mention. I love your new cover for PV.

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    1. Your welcome! Thanks for the compliment on PV's cover. I thing New Moon is absolutely gorgeous.

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  5. Great post, Mary... and now, I'm real curious about your book. I love books that talk about the Native Indians and particularly books that do not portray them as savages with no culture. And the cover is great, too.

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    1. Thank you, Liette. I found a gold mine in research for PV. My husband and I both have a small bit of Native American ancestry. I have always respected their culture and find it fascinating.

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    2. I also have Native Indian blood - from both my father and my mother (in Canada, though). I have a healthy respect for their culture too.

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  6. Mary, I'm so intrigued by your book that I just went to Story Cartel, signed in and got it. Now, I can't promise I'll be giving a review within the next 10 days but I'll try my best (I'm suffering from daily migraines so if they can leave me be for a spell, I'll be able to read the book quickly enough to meet the September 18 deadline). Wish me "merde"' like we say in French. :)

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    1. I wish you "merde"! I don't know what that means but I hope its good. Thank you downloading PV, but please take care of yourself. I didn't know SC imposed a deadline but your health is more important. PV will still be their when you feel better.

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    2. It is good although "merde" actually means "shit". It is bad luck to say Good Luck, so we say "Merde" instead.

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  7. Excellent post. The title says it all.

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