This person and I were communicating fine with the first couple of letters exchanged. There was no pressure or timeline for a review. Out of the blues they send this nasty letter.
Proof___ R___ c—–@editoral.com
Nov 09, 2019, 1:42 PM
Those who gave you ravishing reviews simply took pity on you for all your hard work. Yes, the contents are original. That’s true. But your books are very poorly written. You constantly change from present tense to past tense verbs. There’s too much switching up. You move too much from one time span to another. There are lots and lots of grammatical errors, and the story in the first ten pages doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Seems like you’re trying to write a fantasy story mixed with an action story, mixed with the story of a poor black woman and her little girl trying to survive. I also think that having an eight or nine year old girl using so much profanity ruins the story. At least, for me, it does. Eight or nine year old children do not talk like that.
I hope you listen and hire someone to help you. You have good stories but you need help, lots of help in writing your stories. It’s obvious your publisher doesn’t care about your work. First of all, I suggest you change the race of your main character in order to sell book. No one is going to read stories about a poor black woman and her kid. Nobody cares. It isn’t something most Americans care about. Most of the reading population of America are white and they aren’t going to read this. And Black readers aren’t going to read anything of this natural. It’s too complicated. Change it to Urban ghetto or something that black people will understand. Then you may be able to get an audience even with the terrible writting.
In order to make money you are going to have to spend money. Your covers are marginal. You need to hire professionals all the way around.
Proof___ R___ <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sept 09, 2019, 1:42 PM
I see you haven’t changed anything. Well, then no one can help you if you refuse to help yourself. Hire a professional editor and then I will review the book.
Proof___ R___ c—–@editoral.com
Nov 10, 2019, 4:42 PM
You need help in writing your stories. It's obvious your publisher doesn't care about your work. Or how it is presented.
K___ B___ c—–@gmail.com
Nov 12, 2020, 9:42 PM
I apologize. Maybe I came down too hard on you. If you read my whole Book Review Policy, then you know that I or any reviewer have the right to not finish reading a book or write a positive review or any review, and I am sorry to say that I read the first nine pages of your book and decided I cannot finish it because I would not be able to give it a favorable review. Sorry, it is just not a good book.
Your book is very poorly written. You constantly change from present tense to past tense verbs. There’s too much switching up in the scenes. There are lots and lots of grammatical errors, and the story in the first nine pages doesn’t make a lot of sense and seems like you’re trying to write a fantasy story mixed with an action story, mixed with the story of a poor black woman and her little girl trying to survive. I also think that having an eight or nine year old girl using so much profanity ruins the story. At least, for me, it does.
I suggest you find someone with knowledge of good writing skills to help you learn how to write a good story or pay a professional editor to edit your story.
As a writer, myself, I know that writing requires a lot of time and hard work in order to produce a good story that will sell and that people will want to read. It's important to study the craft of writing as well as the mechanics of writing and to have a good idea of what agents and publishers are looking for, even if you're going to indie publish, in order to sell books and reach an audience.
I’m sorry I couldn’t review your book for you at this time. I hope you will be able to find someone to help you.
To K___ B___ c—–@gmail.com
Nov 14, 2020, 9:42 PM
I didn’t response to your replies because there was nothing left to say. We both know your claims are not true. There are too many people rebutting your claim. It is not my fault you do not have the intellectual skills to swiftly switch gears in a story. That’s basic reading skills.
I rescind my request for a review from you. I will pass on your recommendations to the publisher. However, I’m sure there are many out there who need your service. This is not the way to obtain service. I know you haven’t read the book because what you say are in the first nine pages aren’t there. I, now, know your book reviewing page is simply a facade in order to browbeat authors into hiring you.
This is another example of someone using an excuse not to read the book. Bea is cussing. Bea isn’t saying anything in the first nine pages because she’s too busy hanging on for dear life. They are trying to escape Nikola’s hit squad. When she does say something she asked her mother does she reckoned the mourners mind their being there?”
If you can read—the first pages are pristine clear what the story is about. There’s no mistaken in what’s going on. The action fits the story! It tells why Ana pulled up behind the hearse. It’s glowing because it is carrying the remains of a saint and those chasing them can not withstand that much Glory.
If someone is trying to kill you, of course, there’s going to be action of trying to get away from them. No one sits somewhere and let something or someone kill them, not if they can help it.
Speaking of errors, I corrected many of the errors in their letters before posting it and others I left them exactly how they were written.
I started noticing a series of these odd letters and the readers who would talk; told me someone contacts you and tells you what the book says.
I asked how do they know who you are?
They said they aren’t sure, but they are doing it.
Gee, my stories must be truly awesome for people to go through such length to discredit them. This is what overt racism looks and sounds like. They use other things to justify their behavior.
These responses are to a fictional character. I hate to see what their reaction would be to a real live person of color!
Things like is why I think the author should be able to break the “no reply to negative feedback rule” and defend their works. Who made up that dumb rule to begin with? What other industry you can crap all over a person’s work with no retribution? I know of none other.