Negative Reader Reviews

In the world of writing, you have to have thick skin. Readers can be brutally honest and to me, I would think every writer / author would want it that way. I’m not a sugar coater and I don’t want readers of my books to be sugar coaters either. I’ve seen some writers / authors get upset about a reader leaving a less than positive review. Why? It’s their opinion. 🤔

If you have more positive reviews and more positive feedback from readers, why are you getting bent out of shape over a few negative reviews? Readers DON’T have to like your book or my book. In the world of writing, if a bad review isn’t sprinkled here or there, it’s highly suspicious anyway. Read any literary journal. Books with nothing but glowing reviews are “suspect” because that’s a tell-tell sign that an author is paying readers to leave positive reviews. I’ve seen my fair share exposed. 👀😯

Yes, it sucks when a reader leaves a bad review, but it’s not the end of the world. At the end of the day, they have a right to their opinion so don’t take it too personal. Some of the most award winning books have one and two star reviews. It’s OKAY if you receive a few bad reviews. You’ll survive. I promise. 👌🏾

Until next time…

Sanguine 

Yeah, I thought I’d throw a new word at you tonight. Go on, admit you looked it up. Ha! No shame remember, no shame on my blog whatsoever. Moving along….

I’m very grateful for the recent attention my lil ole blog has been getting lately. Not only that, my assertive writing style has found a nice welcoming crowd. You see, I’m not a sugar coater, never have been. I guess you can say I don’t have it in me. My approach to writing is the same way, it’s forward and very direct.

With this next story I’m writing, I’m going to throw some serious plots at you, things you would never see coming. My characters are no joke and they have an incredible story to tell. These are actual events that took place within my own family. I’ll go ahead and tell you now to thicken up that skin of yours because my second novel is not for the faint of heart. I’ve had readers tell me my first novel had them in all sorts of emotions. Take those emotions you felt and multiply it times two!

I’ve learned from the mistakes I made with my first novel, so my approach and offering of my second upcoming novel is going to be much different. I probably won’t seek out a literary agent with my second novel because I was told my first novel was too bold to market. I refused to “water it down.” This one pales in comparison so I know I’ll definitely hear the same sentiments echoed again LOL. Ahhh, but that’s okay. I’m alright with that. Eventually you’ll see why.

I’ll leave you with this, if you are pursuing your dream or passion, go about it the right way. Don’t compromise, don’t sell yourself short and don’t hurt people or sabotage people just to get what you want. Be patient, be grateful and be humble throughout the whole process because once you have received your reward, you’ll be much more appreciative of it.

Write on you writer warrior! Until next time…see you in about another week! Keep writing! 

Here’s Your Chance to Win! 

Hola Everyone! I hope that all of you had a fan-tabulous weekend! Mine has been super busy because 4/28/2017 is just around the corner. For those of you who are new to my blog, that is the day when readers will be able to order a paperback version of Poka City Blues. Just to give my new subscribers and followers a quick overview, Poka City Blues was initially released in 2015 as an E-book on Amazon. After coming close to winning a few awards in addition to receiving positive literary reviews (which you can read about on my blog), I started to receive inquiries last year from curious readers about releasing a paperback version. 

Needless to say, I was blown away by the amount of paperback requests because this is a raw and riveting story inspired by true life events. Let me be very blunt when I say Poka City Blues is not for the faint of heart. It will pull at your heart strings and it will linger with you long after you read it. I must admit, that was my full intention when I penned this story about my mother and father’s life and I make no apologies for it. 

Now that I have brought everyone up to speed, as promised, I am going to give away five signed copies of my debut novel Poka City Blues. Seeing how I like to keep things simple, all you have to do is email me at Bookinganita@gmail.com and tell me why you would like to win a copy of Poka City Blues and what you hope to gain from it. In the subject line type Contest so that your email will not be marked as Spam. As always, I wish all of you the best and I hope that I myself and Poka City Blues will not only inspire you, but many more to come! 

Until next time….

The Books Are Coming! 

Can you believe it? This has been a long time coming! It just seems so surreal to me! I am about to order another shipment of Poka City Blues to have in stock so that I can get this story in the hands of readers as quickly as possible when they order online. Seeing how April 28th is soon to be here, I want to make sure that I have plenty of books available on hand to ship out once that day arrives. 

My fingers are going to be a bit achy for the next week and a half since I will be busy writing inspirational messages in each copy, but it is going to be worth it. Never would I have dreamed the number of readers who requested a paperback version of this story. It is all thanks to a few contests (where I came close to winning) and of course, literary reviews. Poka City Blues would have remained an Ebook if it was not for the number of paperback requests. 

For the independent writers out there, do not become discouraged if your Ebooks have not sold a lot of copies. Poka City Blues only sold a couple thousand as an Ebook and that is the honest truth. After entering a few contests and submitting it for literary reviews, a whole new world of readers became interested in it and soon started to request paperback copies. Silly me assumed most readers loved Ebooks because we are in the “age of technology.” That is so far from the truth. The fact is the MAJORITY of readers prefer reading a story in an actual book versus on a tablet or iPad. Makes sense if you really think about it. 

As you can see, I am really working hard to get this amazing story out there and as a token of my appreciation, I am going to give away five FREE copies. Stay tuned because next week I will post how you can enter to win your own copy of Poka City Blues valued at $21.95. What is next on my book list to offer in print form? Well, for that you will have to wait and see. I am taking it one book at a time. 

Have a wonderful day everybody and may all your dreams and aspirations come true. I am rooting for you! You got this!! 

Until next time…