I don’t like snow.

Actually, I don’t like winter. I just spent an hour shovelling in 3-5 inches, and you can’t tell.

It’s hard to stay motivated in the cold, at least for me. I have lots of work to do on writing, editing, etc, but there’s other work (I don’t want to say real work, but work that pays the bills) that needs to be done. I can’t do it with the roads looking as bad as they do.

I hope you guys are enjoying your winter, whether you have snow or not. I’m just hoping it stops soon. In the meantime, I’m going to get some writing-related things done.

Check out my interview for Bittersweet!

This lovely blog was kind enough to interview me to help promote my new book – Bittersweet.

Meet the Author: Laurencia Hoffman

How I look at bad reviews.

Every writer gets a bad review…or several. My worst review was recently for my novel Star Crossed: Worlds Apart. It can be found on Goodreads. I don’t mind bad reviews, the only bummer is that it lowers the rating of my book. That aside, like I said, I don’t mind bad reviews. My stories aren’t perfect, and I don’t expect them to be. I’m younger than people think I am.

I actually wrote Star Crossed: Worlds Apart when I was sixteen. At first I was a little upset about the bad review, but when I remembered how long ago that manuscript was written, I felt a lot better. I think it’s a pretty good attempt for a sixteen year old, and it got published! Not by the first company I tried either, there were several.

I read bad reviews and muddle them for a while, some of them have helpful advice. There are plot holes I didn’t realize, as I’m sure most writers stumble across after their book is published. I don’t know if this happens to all writers, but when I edit a story and check for things like mistakes (and plot holes), I don’t always see them, because in my mind, I’ve explained everything in the best way I can. Editors don’t always catch plot holes either, unfortunately.

Instead of feeling discouraged, I was encouraged by this bad review. Even though I think it was a good start for that age, I know that I’m getting better with each book. I won’t always catch the mistakes. There will always be errors. All I can do is my best, and fortunately my best gets better with each new work.

What do you guys do when you get a bad review?

If any authors out there need help finding reviewers for their books, check out my “Services” page!

Now offering a service to other authors.

I first wondered if I could charge for reviewing books, but with some research, it seems only “big name people” seem to do this, and get away with it. Sometimes paid reviews are frowned upon, so I decided against that – though that would have been my first choice. As much as I would love to review books for fellow independent authors, I don’t have the time to do it for free.

So I found a happy medium. I’ve been doing some work for a fellow author, researching blogs that offer reviews for the specific genre of her book. I’ve also been sending out review requests for her. As you can imagine, this takes quite a bit of time.

I’ve decided to offer this service to other authors. If you’re interested in learning more, all the information you need is on my “Services” page.