- Books readSelf Printed (3rd ED): The Sane Person’s Guide To Self Publishing
Author: Catherine Ryan Howard
Star Rating: 5
Self-Printed is an amusing way to get a lot out of researching ways to better self-publish your book. Howard writes in a way that makes you want to keep reading about interior formatting and cover design, which is great because my attention span is too short for that. Some of the areas that I personally found really helpful were the eBook and print book formatting sections. Howard walks you through step by step on how to format your book’s interior for KDP, Smashwords and Createspace which for me was exactly what I needed. I learned some ways to improve on my books interior and put out a better product, which I am hoping will be more appealing to readers.
The book also covers tips on how to sell your self-published book, what is desirable in a cover design and how to build your online platform. Many of the tips in these sections of the book would have been amazing when I first started out, though I have learned many of them from other authors or I learned them the hard way in the last year.
I would highly recommend Self Printed to new authors or authors who are looking to learn a little bit more about self-publishing.
- No Safety In Numbers
Author: Dayna Lorentz
Star Rating: 3
I honestly found this book to be somewhat boring and fairly unrealistic (which if any of you know me, you’ll know this is a pet peeve of mine). The story takes place in a mall during a biological bomb threat.
Essentially the government shuts down the mall, trapping all of the people inside. Teenagers being to take over the mall as a fight for “survival” seems to be the focus of the story.
The thing is, though, that I didn’t find any of the characters interesting and in many cases I was annoyed with the amount of drama during a time when in reality people would be scared. I found the entire situation to be sort of unrealistic because initially it was thought that there was a bomb threat and instead of evacuating the building, the government decides to shut everyone in. It isn’t until later that they realize that it is a biological weapon (which also doesn’t make sense if you know anything about homeland security procedures…which I do, since I used to work for them). The story line itself had its ups and downs with whole chapters where nothing happened except for gossip about who liked whom and so on, followed by chapters where riots broke out.
I know it seems like I’m being harsh but I didn’t hate the book, I just wish that the author would have done some more homework when writing it. I did like the action chapters and found that the author actually has a decent voice. In the end I gave the book 3 stars
- The Making of Gabriel Davenport
Author: Beverley Lee
Star Rating: 4
The Making of Gabriel Davenport had me intrigued by page 1. I am always a fan of a great wordsmith and Lee is exactly that. Her sentences and descriptions are beautiful. I’m not going to get into too much detail because I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy, paranormal or all around sassy characters! There were a lot of characters and I wish we got to see a little more backstory into some of them but overall the story was fast paced and well done!
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I have almost completed the final editing touches of Curiosity and The Hounds of Arawn and expect it to be up for pre-order soon.