The Road: A Review

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

The Road. Indeed. It is a road, a journey, a trek through hell, but is both more and less than that. Less than that meaning: Cormac McCarthy presents bleak as no other writer can. While I was reading it, several times I thought that I’ll never again believe a writer who uses the word “hopeless” to describe the plight of their character. In The Road, there is nothing but hopelessness. Almost. Which leads to where I struggled with this novel.

Continue reading “The Road: A Review”

A Goodreads Group’s “Reviews Initiative”: How Indies can get legitimate reviews

Goodreads

There is no understating how important it is to get reviews to help ramp sales of your new book. And I’ve previously written about how to get great reviews from some of Amazon’s top reviewers. But I’ve just discovered this: There is a group on Goodreads that is helping authors get thoughtful reviews posted to three sites (Goodreads, Amazon US and Amazon UK) from readers they don’t know. It’s a great and simple system. How much does it cost? No money involved. You just have to pay it forward and review a book from someone else. And there is no limit; you can get as many reviews as you can give.

Continue reading “A Goodreads Group’s “Reviews Initiative”: How Indies can get legitimate reviews”

Amazon cracking down on fake reviews (serious writers should rejoice!)

Combating fake reviews, Amazon to crack down, book writing, book publishing

I don’t normally do much off-the-cuff editorializing on my blog, but I’m intrigued by Amazon’s recent announcement that they are going to attempt to get rid of bogus reviews.

I think it is a great news. This means that serious novel writers will have less BS competition out there.

Continue reading “Amazon cracking down on fake reviews (serious writers should rejoice!)”