I met John L. Monk via Twitter after taking advantage of Kindle’s “Free Today” offers. From the first page, first chapter of his indie novel KICK, I knew this is an author to expect more great things from. (Yes, I end sentences with prepositions.) John will get a whole blog post about him and KICK, the series, but until then, I’m sharing his personal rules on reviewing indie novels because I have broken all of them. For all authors (indie or traditionally published) who have sent me ARCs or gifted me copies of their novels, in hopes of getting a review, I apologize if you never heard from me again. Sometimes the right mood or mindset determines whether a story engages me and holds my attention. Even John’s novel got set aside in my ADHD flurry of sampling a dozen novels a day. Once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down.
And now for the “OMG, no wonder so many authors hate me” revelation that came when I read John’s Rules:
NOTE: I have no idea how John manages to post pictures of books he’s liked on the left side of his blog wall. I have so much to learn about blogging, tweeting and messaging, not to mention formatting, editing, promoting and publishing my own novels, I’d best stop right here and get to work.