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Top Customer Reviews
I have certain guidelines for writing reviews that I try to follow: be honest, encouraging, respectful, and the like, while at the same time drawing out how the characterization worked, how the plot was developed, and how the dialogue sounded.
All of that works fine for reviewing a novel. In this case, each point in my guidelines was made by Guthrie as parts of writing a better book.
Now let's set that aside for a moment and take a look at the many style books published for writers. Even Stephen King has one: On Writing, which I have.
But this isn't a style book. So if you're looking for the correct way to use commas and quotes, this is not your book. Guthrie has assumed you have access to all that and are already implementing those rules in your writing.
Instead, he assumes he is already writing to a professional. You're the one who aced high school English. You're the one who can edit a magazine article, and may have for your high school magazine.
But are you the one who uses "he chortled" instead of "he said"? Guthrie addresses that. Are you a Tom Swiftly advocate, meaning do you overuse adverbs? Do you know the value of great adjectives? Are you into clichés? Please don't. You'll wake Drill Instructor Cliché. Does your love for language include so many high-dollar words your readers must keep running to the dictionary? What does your dialogue say about your characters? And my favorite question: How do you round out your characters, by telling or showing?
If you already have a decent grasp of the English language and how it's used, but you want to be the best storyteller you can be, this book is for you.
I've written four books and am in the process of finishing number five, with number six right behind it. This book is for me.
I give it five stars because Guthrie pushed me to be better. Read it for yourself. You'll see I'm right.
Formatting / Appearance - There were no issues at all. And we especially liked the marker pen headers for each chapter.
Content - We've started reviewing self-published books since late November 2012 and noticed the string of issues that can go wrong for a self-published author. I think this is a handy guide for anyone starting out on his or her self-publishing journey. Most of the basic issues are tackled and authors are able to evaluate what will suit their books and what will not. This isn't the first book we've read by the author but it was definitely different from Dark Prairies.
What I liked - The bit when he evaluates "Do I care?" This is especially true for readers. Like it or not, we need to feel the connection and care for the characters in a book before we truly appreciate it. Being in a book club, we know that different characters reach out to different readers so this section on "Do I care?" was definitely something we could all relate too.
What I didn't like - Nothing comes to mind.
Rating - 5 / 5 stars.
Disclosure - I received a complimentary copy from the author which did not affect my honest opinion.
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