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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Unfortunately I was forced to find a new artist.  Luckily for me I found a very talented young artist out of the Phillipines.  His name is Christian Quinot.  Here is one picture he did for me.  He is working on another as we speak and then I will pick the one I like the best for the cover.  Let me know what you think.

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I found that after you write a book, or a trilogy in my case, you tend to be a slave to the review process.  I know other authors know exactly what I’m talking about.  The most difficult thing in writing a book and sharing it with others is not the writing, its thinking about how others view your intellectual property.  It being created by yourself means you have a strong vested interest in the material.  It’s one of the most difficult things to do…sitting around waiting for someone to rip your work apart.  And honestly, after spending lots of time looking into the review process, I’ve come to realize that it is bound to happen.  At some point I will get a bad reivew.  I’ve looked at some of my favorite authors and seen hundreds if not thousands of five star reviews that would equal what I would say about them, only to find a suprising amount of one star reviews.  How can so many people love a book, while still others, although a smaller number by far, hate it?  I have yet to answer this question, but it has prepared me for the bad reviews that I’m sure will come my way.  I feel better knowing that if someone can rate my favorite and well known authors negatively, then its not so bad if I get some bad reviews as well.  Although I’d be lieing if i said it didn’t affect me.  With that said, I think I’m better prepared for when a bad review does come my way.  That’s the next question…what constitutes a bad reivew?  For me, anything below a three star review would be bad.  I would think that a three star review means the reader thought my book was okay, not great, but decent.  Obvisouly a four and five star review means they really enjoyed your book.  My goal as I continue my writing career is to not be a slave to my reviews.  I think its important to know what others think, especially if all I was getting was bad reviews.  But, if I have my fair share of four and five star reviews, speckled with a few bad reviews, then I will do my best to not dwell on those.  Wish me luck in this endeavor.

Jason McWhirter