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A good explanation of one person’s approach to reviewing that is close to mine. I review 3 stars and up, but I’m more picky on the stars with 4 being my top and 5 blowing me away. (Via Twitter)
Date Night (Life)
Some inexpensive, fun date night suggestions. (Via Twitter)
How certain mosses and microscopic organisms survive drought by a sophisticated type of hibernation.
Obituary Author (Interesting People)
A look at what lessons can be learned about life and living while editing the obituaries. (Via Facebook)
Straight-forward (if a little foul-mouthed) advice on fiction submission cover letters.
Re: the book reviewer’s comments. I find it arrogant that she sends unasked for critiques to authors of books she thinks are not up to snuff. Most authors are open to criticism, but not from complete strangers. They have their critique groups and editors whose opinions they trust and respect because they know each other and have built a relationship with them.
The problem with strangers critiquing a book is that the stranger has no clue what the author’s vision is. Often when I watch TV shows, an easy example because even the most complex are not as tricky as novels can be, I notice what the writers have done. And I often think, “I’d do this instead.” But it’s not that my way is better than theirs. It’s usually that I see a different direction they could have gone, and because that direction appeals to my personality more, I would have gone that way instead of the way the writers went. But both are completely valid.
The best thing to do if you don’t like a book and don’t want to post negative reviews is to take the Thumper approach. “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say nothing at all,” Any author who wants to keep their sanity will ignore this woman’s critique, just as they will ignore any other negative stuff pumped out by people emboldened by the internet to say stuff they’d never say in real life. But it’s even better if she doesn’t add to the vitriol, no matter how well-intentioned.
I can definitely see your point, but I do appreciate it when people tell me about typos or stuff that should have been caught but for whatever reason didn’t. I can fix those and improve the experience of readers going forward. But yes, opinion type feedback you sort of have to nod your head and then walk away.