Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday, October 15th, 2018 – The Book Designer #Amazon Reviews – Leslie Tate with Kendra Olsen #Editing and Robbie and Michael Cheadle with James J. Cudney

Welcome to the first of the Blogger Daily posts this week. Apart from sharing posts that I have enjoyed (just a small selection) I also want to promote not only authors but writers across the board.

With 75 million bloggers on WordPress, it is a challenge to get noticed in the early days, despite the quality of the posts. I hope that the Blogger Daily does help boost at least 15 bloggers each week.

The first post was highlighted by Debby Gies  D. G. Kaye  and  was posted on Joel Friedlander’s website The Book Designer. It identifies the stricter Amazon approach to reviews and clarifies the issue as far as an author is concerned.

Understanding the Current “Dos” and “Don’ts” of Amazon Book Reviews.

Written by Author Amy Collins

Amazon and Amazon’s rules are changing so fast!

We would like to bring you up to date on the current rules and share some guidelines we have found most helpful when trying to get reviews for your book on Amazon.

Here you will find the most frequently asked questions around the Amazon review process and Amazon’s answers. I have gone right to the source and given you the Amazon rules right from the horse’s mouth.

Can Anyone post a review on Amazon?

Amazon’s Answer: You may post reviews, comments, photos, videos, and other content; send e-cards and other communications. To contribute to (sic) Customer Reviews, you must have spent at least $50 on using a valid credit or debit card in the past 12 months. Promotional discounts don’t qualify towards the $50 minimum.

Should I discount my book to get more reviews at the beginning of my launch?

Amazon’s Answer: You may not manipulate the Amazon Verified Purchase badge, such as by offering special pricing to reviewers or reimbursing reviewers.

Amazon’s position is that you are allowed to discount your book during your launch but you must offer the same price to everyone. You cannot offer special pricing just to reviewers.
May I ask people to write a review of my book?

Head over and read the complete post on all the issues regarding reviews on Amazon:

On the subject of books….Leslie Tate interviews author Kendra Olson who is also a ‘developmental editor’ working with writers. A fascinating behind the scenes look at this precise and often challenging (I would imagine) work.

What goes into an Edit?

I interviewed Kendra Olson about how she works with writers as a ‘developmental editor’. Kendra has an MLitt in Creative Writing and is the author of the historical fiction novel, The Forest King’s Daughter. She enjoys writing short stories and creative non-fiction, including book reviews. When Kendra is not writing she spends time with her cats and reading as many books as possible.

Leslie: You’re an author and developmental editor. What was the process of learning these two skills?

Kendra: My novel The Forest King’s Daughter was published by Pilrig Press in 2015. Prior to the novel being accepted for publication I’d taken several creative writing classes as well as having the novel edited.

Seeing my own writing go from a few scrawled ideas on a page to a published novel was immensely satisfying, and I wanted to help other writers feel this same sense of satisfaction with their work. I did an MLitt in Creative Writing with The University of Glasgow. In addition to the workshops and literary discussion, the programme included a module in Editing and Publication. Gaining a deeper understanding of what made for an effective and satisfying story, and figuring out what it took to get there, was a valuable learning experience. While I enjoyed all aspects of the degree, I discovered that my strengths lay in literary analysis and critiquing.

When I graduated, I looked for ways to practice my skills and to merge them with my desire to assist other writers. Eventually I settled on opening my own editing consultancy, specialising in developmental editing of fiction and creative non-fiction. To support my business practice I have taken courses with the Editorial Freelancers Association, of which I am a full member.

Leslie: What’s the difference between a development editor and a ‘standard’ editor? How much of your editing is about proofing for typos? What are the most important editing approaches you bring to bear on a text?

Head over and read the rest of this very interesting post and it will give you a deeper appreciation of the role of editing a book:

Leslie Tate, buy:

Robbie and Michael Cheadle interview author James J. Cudney about his new release.

Author James J. Cudney has a new book available today, Academic Curveball. I have already pre-ordered my copy and expecting delivery very soon. It really does sound exciting.

In honour of the exciting occasion of a new “book baby”, Michael and I have invited Jay over for an author interview.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you became an author

If there were ever a picture of a regular guy in the dictionary, I think it’d be me. We all have our talents, best features, positive traits, but we also have a few on the other side of that coin. When I add it all up, I just feel normal across the board. I like being normal because it gives me an ability to see, connect with, and interpret a huge variety of things in life. I’m an only child which I think shaped a lot about who I am today. I’m generally very quiet and introspective. I tend to look for like-minded people but also for approval on anything I do. I like to fit in and see the more positive sides of life and people.

This is a picture of Jay. I don’t think he looks ordinary at all.

When I’m not writing, I am usually researching, reading, watching television, or hanging out with Baxter (my dog). I have a few other hobbies (genealogy, cooking, gym) to keep me entertained, but ultimately, I’m such a creature of habit (90% of the time, the other 10% can be wild!) that it’s quite predictable where I am or what I’m doing. Writing became a way to express all those things in my head that I wasn’t personally experiencing. Whether it was the dynamics in a large family or a web of deception and mystery, images and stories flood my head constantly. I will never lack for ideas, just the time to write and edit them into discrete novels and posts for people to read. When I quit my job in 2016 to take a step back from a very complex and time-consuming career, I went back to my roots and started creating things using my words and imagination. Before I knew it, I had a whole novel ready to go and shared it with a few online readers who knew not even my real name. From there, confidence increased and the book improved, and within a year, I had found a publisher willing to take a risk on me.

Please head over and read the rest of the interview and find out more about Academic Curveball:

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy:
Blog: Robbie Goodreads


Thank you for popping in today and I hope you will head over and read the complete posts… thanks Sally


16 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday, October 15th, 2018 – The Book Designer #Amazon Reviews – Leslie Tate with Kendra Olsen #Editing and Robbie and Michael Cheadle with James J. Cudney

  1. Reblogged this on Karen Dowdall and commented:
    Sally, I did go to The Book Designer website and I am so glad I did. Thank you and Debby Gies (D. G. Kaye) as well as Joel Friedlander’s website, The Book Designer, for posting this extremely important post. So, for authors who have not read your post, I am reblogging this critically important post. Thank you so much for sharing!

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