Welcome to Sunday Book Review. Today I’m sharing my review about Jo Robinson’s intense story read about Hannah in her book, Fly Birdie. Jo is a wonderful writer and storyteller. She also provides Indie Author Services with excellent work and reasonable prices. She formatted my recent book so I’m vouching from experience.
Hannah’s life has given her no reason to be anything but bitter and afraid. She tries to hold on to her sanity as her life spirals further into superstition and dread, until a small averted tragedy leads to the melting of her heart, and teaches her how to love.
on July 21, 2015
A heartwarming and triumphant story about overcoming fear and discovering self-love. Hannah lived in fear of an abusive husband, and a tree she felt threatened her life. After surviving a scary, stormy night, and after her husband left for good, life took a better turn for Hannah. She learned about love and compassion from a gentle stranger, and then from an injured bird when they both entered her life after the storm.
This book encompasses many emotions in a short book. The reader can’t help but feel Hannah’s fear and lack of self-esteem, which is depicted beautifully by the author. I found myself cheering for Hannah as she learned to pull herself out of her own dark world.
Today’s reblog is from Jo Robinson, writing for Lit World Interviews on a subject we can all relate to – storing massive amount of files, often in a disorderly fashion that can have us searching on lengthy manhunts when we need to access a file. Jo is sharing some good organizational practices that can help us all.
Fun with Filing by Jo Robinson
“It’s a good idea to keep your virtual filing cabinets in good condition. Rather than having to search through a mile and a half of documents for a document whose title you forgot a year ago, create specific files and folders for specific things, and then make an effort to use them.
When you’re writing your first book you are blissfully innocent of the pitfalls that could await you when the time comes for editing, formatting, and loading onto the various sales sites. Many writers still hit the tab key for indents, and whack the carriage return button to create as much white space as they’d like to see on their title page. . .Continue Reading
Source: Fun with Filing « Jo Robinson
Here’s an interesting article written by Jo Robinson on Lit World Interviews about the pain we feel as authors when we get a bad review on our books and how to handle them.
ROTTEN REVIEWS AND TERRIBLE TROLLS
You will get bad reviews. It’s inevitable, I promise you. Take comfort in the fact that it’s a rite of passage all writers go through. Every – single – one of them, and after the first one has you on the floor, bawling your eyes out, and inexplicably trying to chew your own foot off for a while, they’re not so hard to deal with. Some are pretty funny, and some are just to be ignored.
There are people out there who delight in trashing books, and sometimes the authors of books too, for reasons unknown to most decent humans. Sometimes it’s jealousy, and sometimes it’s just because they’re mean. Sometimes also these one star stabs to the soul are perfectly legitimate in their author’s hearts and minds, because they really didn’t enjoy what you wrote for reasons that do or don’t make sense to you. Whatever the reasons are for your one star clanger, you must never, ever, never, never, and I repeat, never respond to them. . . Continue Reading
Source: Rotten Reviews and Terrible Trolls | Lit World Interviews
How important is it to have beta readers for our books before sending them off to the editor?
I can say from my own experience that I’ve never put out a book without at least another few pair of eyes on it to gain feedback from someone who’s opinion I highly value as a reader, be it a fellow author or an avid book reader. It’s nice to receive some objectivity, which we as writers often tend to lose after reading our own work many times over. This helps to prepare our manuscripts, ready for editing. But Jo Robinson’s article below that she wrote for LitWorldInterviews will explain the value of beta readers in greater detail.
“Not all writers use beta readers, and not all writers offer their services as beta readers, but both of these things can serve as a huge help in our writing. Looking at it from the writer’s side first, it’s important to know what it is that you’d like your beta reader to do for your story, if there is anything in particular that you do want. Don’t be shy to ask if you suspect a weakness in any area.
In general, as well as glaring plot holes and so on, your beta reader will spot things like continuity problems, or hair that started out blonde and suddenly changed to auburn half way through the story. These are big deal issues for your future readers and often things that we miss because of our closeness to the story. . . Continue Reading
Source: Beta Readers | Lit World Interviews