Apr 30 2019

Zero Lines Crossed #Writing One-Star #BookReviews as an #Author #AtoZChallenge

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge. And an extra big thanks to those who commented on my blog, or at least read these tips. Stay tuned next week for the REFLECTIONS post.





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Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter Z
is for Zero Lines Crossed

While it is okay to write a negative book review, there are lines that should not be crossed. Avoid putting any of the following into a review:

  • Obscenities
  • Privacy violations
  • Threats
  • Libelous allegations (something damaging to a reputation)
  • Harassment
  • Inflammatory or violent comments

Why would you even consider taking the time to write a one-star review? Because it will help you grow as an author.

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Even if you opt to keep it to yourself, or send it to the author directly, it still gives you a chance to learn. Knowing what you don’t like is just as important as knowing what you love.

There is an example of a one-star review in my book. (The reviewed book doesn’t exist.)

As authors, we’re especially inclined to avoid writing one or two-stars book reviews. We appreciate how much time and effort it takes to put a book out there. The lowest one I’ve ever written was because a book was a work of flat-out plagiarism. (The book has since been removed from all sale sites.)

It’s hard to not find at least one nice thing to say. Should you spare the feelings of a fellow author, or save the time of fellow readers? Will you inform the place that sells the book about a quality issue? Or do you stay silent? Everyone has to follow their heart on this. I will only tell you that, if you do write one, keep the lines crossed at ZERO.

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Apr 29 2019

Yippie #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author


Emotional writing

Writing Book Reviews As An Author

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By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter Y
is for Yippie

Were there any strong emotions this book evoked in you? An example would be making you shout “yippie” when your favorite character is victorious.

What someone is looking for when they read your review is your personal observations and emotional responses. Readers of reviews are genuinely interested in this, in your point of view.

Emotions are about you, how the book made you feel, even if the feelings don’t match the expected ones for the genre. There are funny horror novels and scary romances.

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Apr 28 2019

Sunday Stealing and Melanin

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Questions to get to know each other.

Your favorite songs

Kennedy

Your favorite bands

Kill Hannah

Your favorite actors or actresses

Tom Hanks, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Momoa, Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Rodriguez

Your favorite books

Moonless (Maiden of Time Book 1) by Crystal Collier, The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, (and my own books, naturally)

Books you dislike

Ones that plagiarize from other books.

Your favorite movies

Divergent, Die Hard, Fast & Furious movies

Your favorite TV shows

LOST, Stargate: Atlantis, How I Met Your Mother

Your favorite foods/drinks

Tamago Nigiri Sushi, Dark ‘N’ Stormy

Your favorite animal

Wolf, cats

Your favorite scents

Forest after the rain

Your hobbies/ things you do in your free time

read, watch movies, goof off on Pinterest, video games

Your pet peeves

Haters that spread their intolerance. SEE OTHER HALF OF THIS POST

Things you collect

Writing inspiration images

Things you like to swap

Knowledge, blog comments, food

Places you’ve been

Lots of places, not always by choice.

Places you’d like to visit

There are a few. Rome comes to mind first.

The songs you dislike

Any that are waking me from my blissful slumber.
alarm humor

The movies you dislike

Allegiant is my least favorite movie of all time, because they ruined the character arc of multiple charaters.

The TV shows you dislike

Safe. I wanted to like it, but I just couldn’t get into it.

classes you liked in school

Writing

classes you disliked in school

It wasn’t the class, it was the people in it.

crafts you would like to learn

Turning shells into jewelry. Mostly because people assume I’d know how to do it, but I don’t really. Not well, anyhow.


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This week’s questions were originally from: Facebook

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Ah, prejudice. Just can’t escape the hate. I recently received a comment that triggered me. It felt threatening, a reminder from a stranger that, given the chance, the person would kill me for being a Lenni-Lenape. That my higher resistance to sunburn is an affront to that person.

Immigration

It was suggested (by the friend of a friend) that I took it out of context. My friend did some digging into the person who said it. She found a post from a few years ago where the person expressed hatred of people who have even more melanin than I do, as well hate of anyone who believes in equality, and hate for an additional 24% of humans. That’s a LOT of people to hate.

melanin

I live in a world where this is true:


Deported Veterns

Seperation of families

Right to Vote revoked

Apr 27 2019

Xenophobia Triggers #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author


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Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter X
is for xenophobia

Fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign. There are many people who are triggered by reading something like that. (Triggered is when someone feels hurt, offended, upset, or like an outcast because of a “trigger.” Distress because of feelings or memories from a troubling experience.)

Without giving spoilers away, was there anything especially offensive, any triggers for you? Examples include profanity, pedophilia, violent abuse, and discrimination. Was there any warning beforehand (perhaps in the book description) that the book contained this? Especially with romance and erotica books, were the steamy scenes safe and consensual?

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Apr 26 2019

We Need Diverse Books #WeNeedDiverseBooks #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an Author


We Need Diverse Books

Writing Book Reviews As An Author

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By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter W
is for We Need Diverse Books

Is the book your reviewing diverse? Are there diverse main characters? Does the author mention having a diverse identity?

Diverse: “The diverse book movement recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.” — diversebooks.org

There are plenty of books that are great, but aren’t diverse. However, if someone is looking for a book with a certain diversity, and you’ve found one, your review might help.

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Apr 25 2019

Visual Appeal #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author


Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter V
is for Visual appeal

Is it a good cover? Does it have visual appeal? Does it match the story or contents? This is your chance to remark on the work of an artist. Authors, as you probably know, do not always get a say on their book covers, so take care when wording, as praise or blame might belong to a publishing house. Also, give a brief description of the cover you are remarking on, because books change cover art (especially with later editions/ printings).

If you’re reviewing a children’s picture book or a graphic novel, this is a good time to also remark on the drawings done by the artist. Does it match the story? Is it well done and visually attractive? Use your own experience with art to determine how best to phrase this.

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Question: What most catches your eye when it comes to book covers?
For me, it’s colors. Click here for my Pinterest board of favorites!

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Apr 24 2019

Universal Life Lessons #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author


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Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter U
is for Universal life lessons

Did the author convey the theme well enough that you got the overall purpose of the book? Themes are universal life lessons. Authors are expected to notice themes. For non-fiction or reference, did the book educate you to the best of the author’s ability, in your opinion? Are you different because of this book, and in what way? Has knowledge or wisdom been imparted, and were you able to soak it up?

Themes like overcoming the odds, love conquering all, dealing with grief, surviving in nature, regaining religious faith, the importance of family or friends, and the bravery of soldiers are all popular examples. If you can relate to it, or if the theme helps you better understand something about life, that’s worth mentioning.

If you can’t relate to the theme of the book, chances are that you won’t give it five-stars.

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Apr 23 2019

Typical #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author


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Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter T
is for Typical

Is the book you’re reviewing the typical genre you usually read? If you aren’t sure, you can check what categories the book is in and determine if you’ve read any other books listed there. Is this the genre you write?

Another valuable insight could be if the book is a genre you generally like or dislike.
Someone who likes horror saying that this is a good horror book will help convince fellow horror fans to pick it up. Someone who doesn’t normally like fantasy saying that they enjoyed a fantasy book will start the crossover meter.

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Apr 22 2019

Skeptical #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author and Sweet Blog All About It


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Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter S
is for skeptical and sweet

blog all about it challenge 2019

Today’s post will discuss one reason why a less-than-five-stars review isn’t the worst thing. (Next week, for Z, there will be a post about 1 and 2 stars reviews.)

What if disliking a book is what stops you from reviewing it? Consider that it’s possible that what you don’t like will be the very thing that someone else is looking for in a book. (Perhaps you found it too sad, but someone else is looking for books that will give them a good cry. Or the romance is too sweet for your jaded tastes, but perfect for others.)

The number of reviews, including the bad ones, makes a difference. Why? Because a book with two hundred five-stars glowing reviews, and nothing ranked lower, makes people skeptical. There’s no book that every reader thinks is perfect. Therefore, even a negative review might turn out to be not so bad. Just keep it respectful.

Consider this marketing psychology: “Four out of five dentists recommend this brand.” Why does that sell better and appeal more than saying most dentists, all dentists, or even just dentists? Because people are skeptical. When the word “most” comes up, people question how many. With the word “all,” people doubt it’s true. If there’s no number or amount at all, people consider that only two dentists are needed to make the word plural. That’s how it is with book reviews. People expect there’s going to be at least one reader who found some reason not to like the book. When it comes to writing book reviews, sweet honesty is best.

Reviews are life preservers thrown to indie and traditional published authors alike. It is, after all, one thing to sell a book, but quite another to get someone to read it and then provide feedback. Not to mention, there are some promotional sites for authors that will only accept a book with a certain number of reviews. Getting the first twenty or fifty reviews has never been more important. That’s why leaving a review is such a sweet act.

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Question: When you come across a book that has only five-stars reviews, do you trust that or question it?

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Apr 21 2019

Happy Easter Sunday Stealing

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For those who celebrate it, happy Easter. For those who enjoy reading Easter essays from the point of view of fictional characters:
Gwendolyn’s Easter Essay
Xavier’s Easter Essay

You can find the characters here:

Sunday Stealing is a blog hop I joined earlier this year. Weekly questions to get to know each other. Fun times! My A to Z posts will resume tomorrow.

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Questions to get to know each other.

1. What Did You Have For Lunch?
On Saturday for lunch I had a bagel with honey, and a handful of walnuts.

2. Do You Dance In The Car?
If there’s a really good song.

3. Favourite Animal?
Wolf, Turkey, Turtle. Those are the ones of my tribe. I also like bears. And lobsters.

4. Do You Watch The Olympics?
I’ve seen some of it. I hear the Mongolians have a more extreme version.

5. What Time Do You Usually Go To Bed?
When I’m tired.

6. Are You Wearing Makeup Right Now?
No. I’m really not that kind of guy. (Though I’ll support the ones who are.) I suppose sometimes there’s some ceremonial face paint that might count, but that’s not today.

7. Do You Prefer To Swim In A Pool Or The Ocean?
Ocean. Why isn’t river an option?

8. What Was The Last Thing You Ate?
Walnuts.

9. Bottled Water Or Tap Water?
Again, I must ask why river isn’t an option?

10. What Makes You Happy?
Snookums. Books. Nature. Good food, good friends. Accomplishing goals. This blog hop.

11. Did You Like Swinging As A Child? Do You Still Get Excited When You See A Swing Set?
(Pauses to look at my A to Z cohost, @JRVincente — I’ve been corrupted by commenting on adult blogs. I misunderstood the use of the word swinging. 😇😈)
Yeah, so, “as a child,” well, I don’t know what age you count there. The first time I saw a swing set… Well, anyway. Yeah, it was fun. But I know children younger than me seemed to enjoy it more, so I probably missed something.

12. Do You Work Better With Or Without Music?
I write better without. My paycheck job, it’s not really optional.

13. Do You Make Your Bed In The Morning?
No.

14. Do You Like Your Music Loud?
Depends what’s playing.

15.Do You Fear Thunder / Lightning?
Not beyond reasonable precautions and respect.


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Welcome to Sunday Stealing.
This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first – Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!
This week’s questions were originally from: Question Meme

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Apr 20 2019

Recommend #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author


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Writing Book Reviews As An Author

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By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter R
is for Recommend

Would you recommend the book, and why or why not? Who, or what groups, do you think might enjoy it, or should avoid it? Do you know who the book was written for, who the original target audience was?

What age group is this appropriate for, and is it correctly categorized for them? (Especially with children’s books.) Would you recommend it only to others who like the genre? Or do you think this book would appeal to a wider audience?

If it is a clean-read, you might suggest it to those looking for such books. Or, if you think it would offend a certain group, you might recommend they not read it.

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Apr 19 2019

Quote #AtoZChallenge Writing #BookReviews as an #Author and #IndieAuthor

Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter Q
is for Quote

Is there a short quote, excerpt, or passage you especially enjoyed? Or one you especially hated? Copyright laws have a gray area on how much you can include in a review. The current rule of thumb is to keep it at under 100 words per review (often less for books under 300 pages). Check the book’s copyright page for any specific guidelines set by the publisher.

BONUS CONTENT:

Find a quote you REALLY love? Keep it short, make it a meme, and share it. Some authors are willing to do this themselves. Others are waiting and hoping for a fan to do it. “Pay it forward” by being that fan when you find something worthwhile. Share it on Pinterest, Twitter, and other such sites.

Do a search to see if others have created memes of your favorite books. (Memes are sharable images, usually with words included, passed between people online. They may be funny, culturally relevant, or just interesting.) Like and share those. Grow the online book and writing community, especially for Indie Authors!

Speaking of which… do you know it’s #IndieApril? My local writing group shared this Tweet about it:

My books are indie. Here are two memes you can share:

#quote #excerpt #book #title After reading the book, did the title make sense? Some readers enjoy finding the title inside the book. The “ah-ha” moment of figuring out where the title comes from can be very meaningful. Does the book live up to the title? Writing Book Reviews as an Author @JLenniDorner #IndieApril morning teary eyed call quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #IndieApril

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Apr 18 2019

Propagate #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author


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Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter P
is for Propagate

Propagate! Meaning to wildly spread and promote the review you write! Don’t hide your thoughts in the shadows. Be proud that you are literate, that you were able to read and comprehend a book well enough to write a review of it. Post your review in as many places as possible. Places like your blog, Goodreads, BookBub, and various book clubs that allow it. Retail sites such as Amazon and Smashwords often allow reviews too. (Though Amazon doesn’t allow reviews during the pre-order phase.)
Amazon preorder

Putting hashtags in the title of your blog post, and in links to your review using social media, is a great way to get it noticed. Think about what might draw you in. What genre was the book you reviewed? Was it diverse? Is it a new release, or by a debut author? People are looking to read certain books. They search those hashtags looking for recommendations. You can help other readers find a book to love. It might net you a “like,” a word of thanks, or even a new follower. But keep your hashtags limited to three or four. (People tend to ignore posts with five or more.)

The more people who discover your review, the more who will read it. The more who read it, the more who will be interested in what you said. If you suggest a book that becomes someone’s favorite, they’re going to like you more. The same is true if you end up hating the same book for the same reason. You’re not only supporting the writing community, but you’re also connecting with fellow readers.

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Apr 17 2019

Occurrences #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author and #WEPFF Jewel Box


What is in your Jewel Box? Join @TheIWSG @DeniseCCovey for 2019's second challenge #WEPFF #amwriting #flashfiction

Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter O
is for Occurrences

What occurrences caused you to read this book? Did something, or someone, specific motivate you? Perhaps you read a blog post, a book review, or were told about it by a friend.

How did you get a copy? Bought, borrowed from a friend, loaned from a library, Advanced Reader Copy possibly given in exchange for a review (ALWAYS mention if this is the case), found on the bus, given as a gift, etc. Sometimes the occurrences that led you to a book make a difference.

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JEWEL BOX PARK

by J Lenni Dorner

Peanut shells crunch under my feet. I know it’s a carnival here today, but it will be a public park again tomorrow. Who will clean this mess?

“Step right up! Knock down the bottles, win a prize. Three balls for a dollar.”

Why did I come here? What about the bright lights and annoying sounds drew me out of my cool home? It’s sweltering out. The sun is sinking, yet I swear it’s getting warmer.

“How about you? Three balls for a dollar. Easy game. A child could win.”

I shake my head at the bearded man running the game. Triple braids coated in wax make his facial hair look fantastical. Costumes and make-up never did it for me. Why am I here?

“You there, Slugger! Win a bear for the lady. Step right up. Three balls for a buck.”

Cotton candy melts on the nearest bench. On pleasant days in autumn, I sit on that bench. Will someone clean it? Does the charity carnival come with mops and buckets?

“Oh, nice try. All in the wrist, you know. Two balls to go!”

I wish the library just asked me for a check. Be so much easier, so much quieter and cleaner, to pay for their renovations.

“Another miss. One ball to go!”

I nearly fall over, my ankle turning in, as someone crashes into me. A mother yells at her child to be more careful. The child ralphs on the grass beside me. As I step backward, my ankle burns. Of course I’d be injured at the carnival outside my door! I stumble back until I hit the booth.

“Strike three, you’re out. Sorry, pal. Try again? Another dollar, another three? No? How about you?”

I glance at the prize box. There are books? One I must have. I look to the bearded man.

“Something caught your eye? Ah, not just teddy bears today. Three balls for a dollar! Knock down the milk bottles, win a book.”

I had no intention of spending any money here. Wouldn’t want to encourage this carnival, lest it becomes an annual event. But one dollar wouldn’t make much difference. The prize is worth more. I shell out the cost of the balls.

I feel the first one. My fingers run over the stitching. It’s older, fraying. The ball hasn’t been cleaned between uses. How many grubby hands have clutched this thing? I set the ball down, shaking my head.

He looks at me like I’m the one wearing a tie-dye shirt under a red and white striped vest.

I pull a packet of wet wipes out of my pocket. After cleaning the next ball, I take my place. There are three stacks of milk jugs. Only one has been placed with enough care to be even. Sloppy. I hate the look of the uneven two.

The ball soars from my hand. An ugly sound smacks my ears. I turn around, only to have my nose assaulted by the smell of vomit. Blazing heat has cooked it. I want to run home.

“Very good, very good! Take your next shot. Three balls needed for the prize you want.”

What cruel joke is this? Shouldn’t hitting the jugs with one ball be enough? I have to touch another of his unwashed things?

I take out another wipe, eyeing the bearded man as I clean. How much would I pay to throw these balls at a dunk tank target? To see his wax wash away? Oh, if only! The library would be larger than the stadium thanks to my funds. I could dunk this man as the sun goes down and repeat again and again until the rooster wakes.

He doesn’t know who I am.

Peanut shells crunch under my feet as I take a step back. My ankle stings, but I’ve had worse. Sweat teases my face. Dirty, filthy, stinky sweat. I need to bathe. The milk bottles are keeping me from a cool shower.

Another burst of sound as the ball hits. Both uneven stacks are down. My ears ring. The park spins. Too many lights! I should have stayed in.

“Well-done, well-done! Just get the third and you’ll have won.”

I stare at the bottles. There’s one that isn’t quite right. Ah, so the game is rigged. My aim needs to be more to the left. I look at the ground. A puddle of soda blocks my spot.

Too much litter! Someone sneezes. I shouldn’t have left home.

More blinding lights pop on as the sun vanishes. People cheer in the distance. Someone yells about hotdogs and beer. The park reeks of pine and popcorn.

I look at the booth. How did I not see it before? Green paint. I shouldn’t be here.

“Go on now. Throw your last one. I’ve wiped it off for you.”

Monster! The Green Monster has come to call on me once more. Does the bearded man know? As he hands me the ball, does he know who I am? Has he ridden the Green Line of the T?

I shouldn’t be here. Too dirty, too bright, too loud. Just knock them down. One more time. Then I’ll go home for good. Away from the balls, the crowds, and the vicious Green Monster of that Jewel Box park.

The sound isn’t as loud as my ball collides with the target. One milk jug teeters. It isn’t meant to go down. Food for the monster, no doubt. It knows who I am. It remembers.

But the jug falls at last.

“Here, old timer. You’ve earned your pick.” The bearded man holds up the box of books. “Unless you wanted a teddy bear?”

I shake my head and take the book. “The Fear of Fenway.” A biography about me. No one fears me anymore. They’ve forgotten who I am. I thought I bought all the copies of this blasted book already to ensure it.

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FCA: 984 words
JEWEL BOX PARK by J Lenni Dorner

Fenway is a jewel box park, and is the oldest active ballpark in Major League Baseball. The Green Monster is in Fenway. The Green Line of the T refers to Boston’s public transit, particularly the route one uses to reach Fenway Station. “The Fear of Fenway” is a non-existent book, as is the main character of this story.


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In the Flash Fiction story above, and in an example review in Writing Book Reviews As An Author, someone wins a book by knocking down milk jugs at a carnival.
Question: What is the most unusual or interesting reason or way you’ve ever gotten a book?

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Apr 16 2019

Needs Editing #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author


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Writing Book Reviews As An Author

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By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter N
is for needs editing

Was the editing done well? If not, provide up to a dozen examples of failure types, mentioning the locations in the book.

There are three good reasons to include editing information in a review.

  1. Readers want to know if a book is well-edited before they buy it. Your review can be a quality assurance.
  2. The author might notice the errors mentioned in your review and then go fix those issues. (You might also try to contact the author directly for major errors, especially historical or factual inaccuracies of which you have proof.)
  3. You might be wrong. This gives editors a reason to check. Also, you’re an author, and authors have always been the ones to craft and reshape languages. So you may spark a conversation that results in you becoming right.

Why only note up to a dozen errors? https://www.denisecowleeditorial.com/blog/why-the-grammar-police-arent-cool This article covers the reasoning. It’s a quality control check by you, a reader. The purpose isn’t to bully or belittle. Nor are you being paid to find these issues, and as such there’s no need to correct everything.

On the more positive side of editing notes:

Has the author crafted the language with a zeugma, or with a poem that changes meaning when read from bottom to top or every other line? Has the author mastered showing rather than telling, with adjectives not being used to tell readers how to feel but rather making the readers feel descriptions? (This is about language mastery and use. That falls apart if not edited properly.)

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Question: How important is it to you that a book be well-edited?

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Apr 15 2019

Might also like #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author


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Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter M
is for Might also like

There are some books you might recommend to others. This doesn’t mean you should put in a review, “If you like Twilight, read the Vampire Diaries!” Instead, try to phrase it like, “if you enjoy stories with a romance between a vampire and a loner teen girl, you might also like this book” or “I’d suggest this to those who enjoy alternative versions of vampire lore.”

The key here being what you liked about the story. What made it different? How does it work well in its genre? Why would you suggest it to other readers? Who, in your opinion, is the target audience for the book?

Or, on the dark side, who wouldn’t you suggest it too? Might it offend or trigger some readers? Is there a certain age group for which this isn’t suitable?

Think about cheese for a moment. In the above picture, what cheese do you think that is? Probably Parmigiano-Reggiano, right? Why? But not Brie. See, we tend to like “Parmesan” because it’s a hard and granular cheese, thereby making it good for grating onto pasta. That doesn’t mean Brie isn’t a good cheese. But not everyone is looking for a soft cheese. Pregnant people are cautioned to avoid soft cheese because of listeriosis. Apply this same thought process to books.

You might make new book-loving friends by sharing your likes and dislikes in this way. It’s not always easy to pinpoint what one likes or dislikes about a book, but it’s worth sharing if you figure it out.

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Question: What do you like most about your favorite book? (Or one of your favorite books, if you have more than one.)

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Apr 14 2019

Filling In Blanks for Sunday Stealing * #AtoZChallenge #WRiTECLUBDFW Equity and Giveaway

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Sunday Stealing
Questions to get to know each other.

It’s always nice when there’s fresh coffee when you need it.

Oh, that winning story is mine.

It’s a sure sign of a good day when someone says something nice about your hard work.

Are we having an attack by spammers again??!.

My heart soared when I read a recent review.

Do you believe in equity? I am a supporter!
Equality vs Equity

I’m a Lenni-Lenape.

I was looking at shirts and commenting on A to Z posts earlier.

Drink more water when the moon is full.

When we finish with the #AtoZChallenge, it will be time to vote daily at #WRiTECLUBDFW.

Ronel is the best! (Janet is close behind.)
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Underneath it all I love April, even if it’s exhausting.

Oh! And thanks for all the love, which is why I’m holding a contest.

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And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to making more comments on blogs, tomorrow my plans include making even more comments on blogs and Sunday, I want to be a blog hop master because the #AtoZChallenge has taken over my brain!


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Welcome to Sunday Stealing.
This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first – Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!
This week’s questions were originally from: Facebook

Apr 12 2019

Knockout Plot #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author


Knockout Plot #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author

Writing Book Reviews As An Author

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By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter K
is for Knockout plot!

The plot is the cause and effect of the story. Because “A” happened, “B” happens and “C” might happen, and then “D” becomes an available choice. Did the book have that sort of natural plot flow? For non-fiction or reference, did the order the book was written in make sense to you as you read?

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In a great book, you won’t notice the plot while you’re reading. Video game players have a strong understanding of plot. Level one characters do not fight the big boss. The character goes through the game, doing a sequence of events that are necessary to get to the climatic end. Gamers judge games on how well the plot works, even if they do so with a different lingo.

Explain A Film Plot Badly #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly Wizard of Oz humor
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Apr 11 2019

Jubilant #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author #BonusContent


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Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter J
is for jubilant

Did your own life or mood impact how you feel about a book you’re reviewing? This is touched on briefly in the book. This post is more detailed.

BONUS content!

Assume the reader is in a terrible mood #writetip - jubilant #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author

Sometimes when reviewing, if the reviewer is in a good mood, the review becomes more positive. We turn to books to escape reality, to change our mood. There are books out there that have made readers feel better.

But sometimes a person just isn’t jubilant, and nothing will change that. Their negativity can contaminate the memory of a good book.

Emotions can influnce how a review is written. This is especially true when there’s a large gap of time between reading and reviewing the book. So first recognize and consider your emotional state before posting a book review.

  • How is your day?
  • Are you managing your mood?
  • Did you sleep okay?
  • Has a big life-event impacted you today?
  • Is anger making you want to blame someone?
  • Have you carefully considered the implications of your words?

Reviews don’t have to be perfect. And you don’t want to write a review devoid of emotion. Just take a moment for awareness of your mood. A friend of mine suggests smiling when writing. She swears it makes a difference in the words.

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