My Book Got a Bad Review – Now What?

4 August 2017

Hello everyone,

 

First of all – let me start off by saying that the best and happiest route in the publishing business is getting published through a literary agent. Then, the publisher they get for you should be the one doing the main promotions of your book. Doing so yourself is up to you. But if a publishing company tells you that you and you alone are responsible for promoting it, that just has red flags all over it.

 

Regardless, though – what happens when you do get a bad review? What should you do, if anything, and how should you react?

 

Well, the first thing you should remember is that the reviewer doesn’t know you personally and is not criticizing your life, your personality, etc. They’re simply telling you what they think about your book. And doing so doesn’t mean that you wrote a terrible book. Your book is awesome no matter what! Don’t forget that – YOUR BOOK IS AWESOME NO MATTER WHAT! You put your blood, sweat, tears and valuable time and resources into this masterpiece. So yeah, when a bad review occurs, it hurts. But don’t focus on the bad – focus on the good. If such popular authors as JK Rowling and Kate Morton and Stephanie Meyer gave up on their first book due to bad reviews, think how different we all would be! Harry Potter would never be finished! Of course it’s difficult to believe, but I’ve looked on Amazon, and such famous authors DO get bad reviews. And yet, their publishers and agents still sell thousands of more copies of their books! And why is that?

 

BECAUSE OF THE GOOD REVIEWS!!

 

See? The good reviews are what really matter. And then there are the bored bad reviewers – those who haven’t read your book but they just wanted to leave a cruel review. I’ve known people like this, because they’ve admitted on their review that they didn’t even like my book. Such people are heartless and cruel, and have no other time on their hands other than try to get you upset with such awful reviews. Once again, ignore these people and simply focus on the good reviews. These are the ones that truly matter and also the ones that will get you incredibly far in life, where you will sell hundreds of thousands of books, because people love reading good reviews!

 

Of course, it isn’t supposed to be about reviews or how many books you sell. It’s really about making a true difference in the story you’ve told. SOMEONE NEEDS YOUR BOOK. Don’t forget that. You will change someone’s life with your book one day.

 

And you know what? All that hard work will pay off and will be so incredibly worth it. Never give up! Never surrender.

 

Have a good week! 🙂

 

JMK~ 🙂

 

 

Offering Editing Services 

Hello everyone, 

Beginning today I’m offering editing services for anyone who needs something edited! 😀😀 Please share this among yourselves, and let me know if you have questions! 🙂 

Editing Services

Are you looking for a professional to write and edit something of yours? A poem, short story or manuscript or any other documents? Are you on the verge of sending something into a publisher and need another’s eye about what you have written? You’ve come to the right place! I will edit and proofread your documents while providing free feedback and criticism to you at a single cost.

Why Me? 
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis on Writing. I also fourteen years of my own experience, including college, to professionally give you a good writing and editing approach.

How does it work? 
You contact me via email or social media with your attached document you would like edited. If it is a short story or manuscript, I will provide free constructive criticism in comments throughout the work. Constructive criticism is nothing personal against you or your work, but something critics give on a regular basis. It is not mean feedback, but honest, creative, and direct feedback. I will give you honest and creative approach that will be most beneficial to you and your work. Examples of things I’d comment on is research done for something in the story, or POV aspects.

What do you look for when editing?
Sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling, POV within paragraphs, and that the paragraphs are indented correctly. When editing, I will also determine what readers would like about certain parts.

What is the cost?
Manuscripts; books of poetry or short stories – $50
Individual poems or other documents- $20
 
How do I pay?
Through PayPal, find my account under name Jenna Kinzler (brown hair with black sweater and scarf), and send to this account. Otherwise, I can give you my address and you can send a check. 
 

How long will it take? (Depending upon project):
Manuscripts- 2-3 weeks
Other – 3-5 days

Exceptions
I will not accept material about or eluding to the erotic or sexual nature which includes bestiality, rape, incest, or alternative lifestyles. Also, please only submit works that carries as little profanity as possible. If you have any questions about these, since there may be exceptions, please contact me. It is better to ask questions than to miss out on an incredible opportunity for your work to be edited professionally.

Need more info?
Please contact me via one of my social media pages seen here, or by my email: books_jmg@yahoo.com.  

Thank you! I look forward to working with you all! I promise you it’ll be a rewarding and exciting experience for both of us! 

Why Not Writers’ Forums?

March 4, 2016

Hello everyone,

 

It’s great to get advice on your writing, isn’t it? I find it exciting when somebody reads your writing and compliments you for how good it is. I like the comments that really help you with your writing that pesky book, such as, “This scene should be a little stronger here” or “the method you used to write this scene should be used also in this other scene,” stuff like that. The more helpful comments, the greater your writing will be.

 

In 2014, I had just finished writing and editing my book The Magic Suitcase and was ready to publish it. While looking for information online about writing a query letter, I came across these writing forums. The name of it should remain silent. I thought that it’d be fun to submit query letter to fellow writers on the forum and get fun writing advice on it like the examples I stated above… Boy, was I wrong!

 

Now if you are a member of a writing forum and found it good use to you, that’s fine. But to all the writers out there who are looking to publish your book and need advice: WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT BECOME A MEMBER OF A WRITER’S FORUM AND SUBMIT YOUR WORK THERE. I’m stating this from experience. In 2014, when I was ready to “post” my new query letter for my book, a query letter I worked my hardest at, I couldn’t do so until I had commented on at least 60 posts.

 

Now how stupid is that. You want your query letter to be criticized but you cannot be a part of the writing forum process until this rule is reached? So here I found myself wasting hours of time, precious hours of my life, commenting on posts until I was able to submit my query letter to the fellow writers of the world. Then, not only did I receive feedback, it was NEGATIVE FEEDBACK. There’s nothing worse than writers telling you that you’re an awful writer and the book, which is a fantasy novel, sounds unrealistic. Of course it’s unrealistic – it’s fantasy. You don’t see dragons and magic suitcases in every day life, do you? No. Then, one of the people who’d commented decided to follow me on Twitter and was both very cruel and rude to me and one of my good friends. I ended up having to block them. That same query letter, by the way, is the same that got me a publishing contract!

 

Boo-Ya!

 

A couple weeks ago, having forgotten all the bad news about writers forums, I went back to it. Oh, and by the way, there’s no possible way to delete your account in writers forums. I even messaged the administrators of the forums requesting both information on how to delete my account and also requested they delete it themselves. No answer whatsoever. I looked everywhere in Settings and there’s no place where you can delete it. The only thing left to do is make myself invisible, so the rest of my life, I’ll have an unused account on there.

 

Anyway, I temporarily went back to it, which was a stupid idea. The only thing I’d wanted to do was submit a post advertising my services, since I’d found a thread where you could do so. I’d read the guidelines: “Editors, if you would like to offer your pay services, please post it here.” So I did. The first person who commented was making fun of my post instead of asking about my services. When I had mentioned my professional credentials, they had said “I don’t think you have the capabilities of a professional editor. You’re certainly not acting professional.” And they went line by line from the post I’d published, criticizing every little thing I’d said. Furious, I marked the comment as “harassment.” I did this twice, hoping that the administrators would remove the post so that other people could benefit from my services. Instead, the administrators ignored my “harassment” flag and removed MY post. They’d said, “Please stop soliciting on our website!” Uh-hello? That’s exactly what you’d wanted me to. It’d been quite clear in the post guidelines.

 

Writers, if you want your work to be edited or another person’s opinion on it, make sure you submit it to somebody you trust, even if it’s only a query letter. If you submit it to beta readers, make sure that the beta readers are not found through writing forums, for that will only get you into trouble. Writers, take my word for it. I’ve seen members on these writing forums where their profile shows they’ve had 5,000, 10,000 or more posts. These people have nothing better to do all day every day than to go on a social media website, which is essentially what it is, and criticize other people’s writing in an ugly way. They will make fun of you and threaten you and no matter how much you mark it as harassment, the admins will not take your side. They will see you as an uniformed newbie who knows nothing about writing forums.

 

Folks, life is too short to be wasting your life that way. There’s really no point when your writing is amazing as it is and deserves so much better than that. Submit it to people who you trust who will give you positive feedback and criticism, and not say you’re a terrible writer or don’t know how to write a query letter or other writing work. There are tons of writers out there who get published every day without the use of writing forums. It’s a cruel service, it gives you absolutely no benefit, and it comes with a terrible price. Please, please, please. You’re a wonderful writer and your work is amazing no matter what needs to be changed and no matter what these mean people from forums think of it. Don’t become a member of these forums. Not doing so will give you far better and far more rewarding results.

 

Hope you all have a wonderful week.

 

JMK~

 

 

Now Offering Editing Services

Now Offering Editing Services

Attention, attention! Attention all writers! 

Hello everyone! I will now be offering editing services for those who need it. It will be beneficial for writers, because not only will they receive the same constructive criticism that publishing house editors would give, you’ll also meet a new friend: me. Not only am I willing to work with you on a business sense, but I am here for you to offer writers advice like how to overcome writers block, publishing info, etc, all for free. The only cost is if you’d like something of yours edited.

Please see below for details that are also on the “Editing Services” page above!

Are you looking for a professional to write and edit something of yours? A poem, short story or manuscript or any other documents? Are you on the verge of sending something into a publisher and need another’s eye about what you have written? You’ve come to the right place! I will edit and proofread your documents while providing free feedback and criticism to you at a single cost. 

Why Me? 

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis on Writing. I also fourteen years of my own experience, including college, to professionally give you a good writing and editing approach. 

How does it work? 
You contact me via email or social media with your attached document you would like edited. If it is a short story or manuscript, I will provide free constructive criticism in comments throughout the work. Criticism is nothing personal against you or your work, but something critics give on a regular basis. I will give you honest and creative feedback that will be most beneficial to you and your work. Examples of things I’d comment on is research done for something in the story, or POV aspects.
I will edit the following for free before you decide to accept my work: the first chapter for manuscripts, the first paragraph for poetry and one page works, or the first page for anything else. 
What do you look for when editing?

Sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling, the same POV within paragraphs, and that the paragraphs are indented correctly. 

What is the cost?

Manuscripts, book of poetry or short stories – $50
Individual poetry, short stories- $20
Other documents – $20

How long will it take?
Manuscripts- 2-3 weeks
Other – 3-5 days 

Exceptions
I will not accept material of the erotic or sexual nature.

Need more info?
Please contact me via one of my social media pages (seen in the About /Contact Jenna tab above) or by my email: books_jmg@yahoo.com.  
The most beneficial way you can help me in this process is to share this information with others. Share it on your social media pages, and if you know of someone looking to edit anything of any kind, please tell them about the services I offer! 

Thank you! I look forward to working with you all! I promise you it’ll be a rewarding and exciting experience for both of us! 

Worry Less, Pray More!

Hey, everyone,

 

I didn’t know what to write for a blog topic this week, which is why it’s taken me several days longer to actually write this. So I apologize for that, haha.

 

Today I want to discuss something that is very much a part of my life, but I wish it wasn’t. Worry. You know why suicides occur in the world? You know why anxiety feels sometimes uncontrollable? You know why anger management happens so often in the workplace?

 

Well, it’s because of stress. Stress and anxiety aren’t positive topics for a reason. They feel like they attack and control you just by saying them out loud! Let me tell you how unhappy God feels when His creation is worried over something in which you have no control. Fearful? Be courageous; do something spontaneous. I deal with anxiety on a daily basis, but instead of listening to music, eating a million pieces of chocolate in a single day, or sulking in front of the television, use one of my suggestions.

 

I start my day this way: I wake up to my alarm. Fix my cats breakfast, because if I don’t they’ll break down the door and thus wake up my sleeping husband, LOL. I then walk like a zombie back to the bathroom to get ready. After getting ready, I tiptoe out of the bedroom to fix myself some breakfast, catch up on some housecleaning, read the Bible, watch Youtube videos, and catch up on my daily Garfield comic. I get my breakfast, consisting of coffee and also cereal or oatmeal, and sat at the couch and take care of that with my cat Lefty on my lap. I leave for work in my car listening to my favorite oldies radio station’s headline news. Then, I shut off my radio as soon as music starts playing.

 

Obviously not because I love music – I LOVE music!

 

But because it is a distraction to something far more important: giving all my concerns for the day to God. I pray hard and fervently while I drive, and then do the same at the end of the day.

 

Prayer lessens worry, everyone. I can’t promise praying will make your worries go completely away forever. I can’t promise life will always be sunshine and flowers. But if you give your life to God and pray to him constantly, remembering him as soon as a grievance turns up throughout the day, then you will be happier in the long run. Praying gives you comfort and strength for whatever lies ahead. Praying is the solid hope we must have and do have in the Lord to keep on going and that wherever God leads us, the destination will be just as amazing as his Bible promises.

 

Hope everyone has a safe, fun, and happy weekend!

 

JMK~

Hint #3: A Career with a Hope

June 22, 2015

Hello, everyone,

There is a popular Bible verse that says:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. The word “future” is in bold for a reason!

Remember, everyone, when I had my previous two hints?! Remember those things I said? Well, connect them with this hint, everyone. 🙂 Then what do you get?

What do you all guess is the answer to all 3 of these marvelous hints? I’d love to hear all of your guesses!

So, moving on to explain this hint further: God always has amazing plans for each and every one of our lives, whether you believe that or not! 🙂 He always knows what is best for us. Recently, I was offered a golden opportunity that I could not pass up. It was something that had to do with my college degree and my writing, something amazing. Something I’ve done nothing but dream of my entire life! And now something wonderful is coming true in my life.

God is so amazing. He always takes care of us and always provides for us and our every need. He provides us in ways you never expect, in mysterious ways, but also in perfect timing. So many wonderful things have been provided unto me this past month. Next Monday is my birthday, making me 27 years old. I can proudly thank God for another beautiful year of hard-earned lessons, wonderful adventures, and a bright future.

Because nothing is impossible with God! 🙂

Soooooo, what do you all think the answer is????? Let me hear your best guesses!! Can’t wait to hear them. 🙂

Enjoy your week 🙂

JMK~

Never Forget the Person God Made You!

May 5, 2015

Folks,

Important life lessons I’ve been learning and struggling through in the past few weeks. Hopefully none of you have gotten tired of these inspirational-based blog posts lately. 🙂 Before I begin, though, I’d like to thank all of you for your immense support and encouragement with me and my little life lately. Yesterday, my Twitter page reached 600 FOLLOWERS!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 Wow!!!!!!!! 😀 I feel sooooooooo incredibly blessed and honored that all of you out there would actually take the time, effort, and enjoyment out of everything I have to say in my life, whether it comes to simple advice or writing about writing, cats, knitting, recipes, etc. 🙂 You guys are the best!!! I have the greatest fans in the entire world!!! No words don’t even need saying from any of you. But when I see more and more people following me and see my website stats go farther and farther upward, I feel honored and really touched to share my entire story with the world. So THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Okay. So anyway, I’ve been learning lots of new life lessons lately. Every day is a blessing from God, and in the past few weeks, daily I’ve spent reading Bible plans. There are Bible reading plans on my iPhone’s Bible app about anything, really, but I’ve really been going through Bible plans about worry, doubting, anxiety, anger, among others. So if you can’t tell already, despite how encouraging it is to write inspirational blog posts, I’m still struggling with worry, anxiety, and anger. It is a constant struggle, but through every trial I’ve gone through in my whole life, I have found myself successful and willing to overcome every trial. This trial that I am currently enduring has been a struggle, and possibly the longest trial I’ve ever gone through. But so far in this trial, I have discovered many benefits and blessings through it all. I have grown closer to God, learning to rely on Him more than I ever thought possible, and in the process, it has beneficial for gradually, day by day, letting go of worry and stress. This struggle has always brought my husband and I closer in our marriage as we learn to take comfort, encouragement, and support from one another, working through our little struggles as a team like every married couple should. I draw encouragement and comfort from even our cats, and also from friends and family. We have received immense prayers, support, and love through it all, and I am deeply grateful to the ends of the earth for that.

Another thing that this struggle has brought me to realize is to, as the title of this blog post states, never forget or give up on the person that God made me to be. The same advice could be given to anyone else who deals with a trial or hard circumstance in their lives. First and foremost, you don’t lose hope or faith in God, no matter how difficult it gets. Then, you learn to rely and trust your spouse more than anything and more than ever before. Finally, when left alone during the day to bear the day’s troubles, aside from the comfort you receive from God and His Word, you remember to not forget the person God made you to be. God gave you incredible strengths and blessings in life. He designed you perfectly the way He destined you to be. He has taken you out of, and will continue to do so, difficult situations to free you from burdens that are not healthy for you in any way, shape, or form. He has daily reminded me and also constantly of how special I am to Him. He knows what is best for me, and He will never fail me. The unique person he has made me to be, I shall not ever forget the person God wants me to be: strong, capable, independent, patient, controlled, happy, and positive. All these things also bring me comfort as I struggle to gradually come out of the dark tunnel of uncertainty. I see the light at the end of the tunnel, however! There is immense hope.

I refuse, absolutely refuse, to give up hope. Giving up is letting Satan win! Remember that. And remember that all good things are possible with our Heavenly Father 🙂

Love to you all! Have an enjoyable week 🙂 God willing, I should have wonderful news to provide to you by my next blog post next week.

JMK~ 🙂