Hello SF Novel, My Old Friend…

Hello, SF novel, my old friend. It’s great to work with you again. I put you aside in April after writing the first four chapters so I could release a new speculative fiction anthology and write new six short stories, one of which took second place in a writing contest and was published in November. The rest will hopefully see print next year and in 2018.
With fresh eyes today, I reviewed those four chapters and remain as thrilled with them now as I was eight months ago. After some trimming and fine tuning, I’m even happier. Next step is to review the outline to refresh my memory on the story’s plot and direction. I have five days remaining in my holiday vacation, with at least two of those days carved out for writing.
I hope to finish the first draft of this novel in 2017. It’s one of my many personal goals for the year, even though I’ll be editing and project managing the third anthology in the Middle of Eternity series beginning in Q1. Oy!
 
For now, here’s an inspirational image that relates to the story. More news to come!

Reviewing Your Favorite Books, Even When You’re “Not Very Good At Writing”

While many of my readers take the time to leave reviews for my books, others often compliment me in person, via Facebook, or email, but when I ask these particular readers to leave a review on Goodreads or Amazon, they express reluctance, stating that they’re “not very good at writing” or they assure me that they will leave a review and never follow through. 
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Remember, you do not need to purchase a book from Amazon to leave a review for the book there.  Also, for those unfamiliar with Goodreads, it is a social media site for book lovers where you can rate and review books, create an online library of books you currently own and would like to read, and join groups of like-minded readers to discuss your favorite books. Best of all, it’s free to join!
 
The screen capture below shows two Amazon reviews for Beach Nights, a collection of short stories from Cat and Mouse Press that contains my paranormal tale, “Tower Sixteen”.  The book was published in October 2016. 
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Note the second review from Early LBI. It’s one brief sentence: “Great group of short stories.” Five words. That’s the perfect example of a brief review you can leave for any book that you enjoyed even if you’re “not very good at writing.”
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Ratings and reviews help authors immensely. As our volume of reviews and ratings increases, new promotional and writing opportunities open for us, new readers notice our work, and most importantly, reader feedback encourages writers by letting us know that our work is reaching and touching people. 
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