Archive for February, 2012

The One Star Review

That’s right. I finally got what I’ve been waiting for: a one star review. Yes! You read that correctly! I finally got what solidify’s me as a writer. Isn’t this what all writers get? To be honest, I was born with a tough skin, so this doesn’t really bother me. Besides, everything that this reviewer said is stuff that I’ve realized on my own, and took the steps to improve myself in the next installments of The Runners. I think we can all agree that Caught is much better than Runner, Caught than Rescued, etc.

Anyways, here’s the review, and since it’s bad author manners to comment on a review defending your writing on Amazon, then I shall do it here!

First, the review in full:

1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst things I have ever read, February 26, 2012
By 
E. L. Hamman (Mountlake Terrace, WA USA) – See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
 
This review is from: Runner (The Runners, Part One) (Kindle Edition)
After reading this little story, I found it mind-boggling that it has managed to maintain a three-and-a-half star average. While I am well aware that this book is free and I kept it mind while reading, that is not excuse for poor writing, nor is the author’s age, although most seem to disagree.Granting the author such leeway and praise simply because he is young does not encourage better writing. I believe we all can agree that he could use some serious improvement. His style is choppy and disconnected, the dialogue is awkward and unrealistic, his characterization is next to non-existent, and the plot line is vague at best.
If I were to turn in a story like this to my high school teacher, he would flunk me on the spot.Logan, from one sixteen-year-old to another, congratulations on being published, but your writing has a lot of growing to do if you want to be taken seriously.

First off, do you see that above “This review is from: Runner (The Runners, Part One) (Kindle Edition)”, there is not a thing saying that this is an Amazon Verified purchase. What that means is that this person didn’t download the book from Amazon. Now, they could’ve downloaded it from somewhere else, but why post the review on Amazon, and not where you downloaded it at? This could be somebody just hatin’ on me because I’m young (which people do), or…I don’t know what. Everything should be taken with a grain of salt. EDIT: I just checked, and the only review that they have written is of Runner, so I’m pretty sure this is fake.
After reading this little story, I found it mind-boggling that it has managed to maintain a three-and-a-half star average. 
Hey, me too. 
While I am well aware that this book is free and I kept it mind while reading, that is not excuse for poor writing, nor is the author’s age, although most seem to disagree.
I sort of agree with this. I hate it when people give me more stars than they normally would, just because I’m young. I want to be treated like an adult author, and not given any leeway, just because of my age.
I believe we all can agree that he could use some serious improvement. His style is choppy and disconnected, the dialogue is awkward and unrealistic, his characterization is next to non-existent, and the plot line is vague at best.
I agree with this too. My writing did need improvement, and I did improve on it. Everything was meant to be like that, because everything was supposed to be mysterious.
If I were to turn in a story like this to my high school teacher, he would flunk me on the spot.
Is it possible to get flunked on the spot? Pretty sure he’d have to read it first, which I doubt he would stop the whole class to do.
Logan, from one sixteen-year-old to another, congratulations on being published, but your writing has a lot of growing to do if you want to be taken seriously.
This is where I get a bit defense. First off, thank you. Secondly, everybody’s writing needs more improvement. No writer will ever be perfect. Thirdly, people do take me seriously. If they didn’t, I wouldn’t be in multiple Top 100 lists on Amazon, sold more than 400 copies of a book that most know is going to be free, and have an editor approach me offering to edit The Runners and possibly The Visitors as well. You’re sixteen like me, but I’m the one who’s taken the time to write bestselling stories, and not leave unverified 1-stars reviews, not you. Oh, by the way, I also auditioned for the top acting agents and casting directors in Texas, and I’ve auditioned for THE TOP agents in the Untied States.
Okay. So, I kinda got carried away at the end there, but that’s just how I feel. Really, I don’t care about the review, but that last part about being taken seriously kind of got to me.
Anywho! I’m going to go re-watch LOST, while my sister watches it for the first time.

The Paranormal Sisters “Dare You to Read” The Runners!

One of the things that I love about being an author – well, actually, it’s the number onething I love – is my fans. Without you guys, none of this would be even possible. So, it makes me extremely happy to see things like THIS. Dashley, who has commented here on the blog, runs a website along with her sister called, well, you guessed it, The Paranormal Sisters (paranormalsisters.blogspot.com). On that website, they run a feature called Daring You To Read, where they dare you to read a book they they enjoyed. In case you can’t already tell, they are daring their blog readers to read The Runners! That is so awesome! My favorite thing about the blog post, is when Dashely says this:

“So, in this weeks Daring You To Read post I’ll be talking about a new favorite Indie author of mine…”

I couldn’t believe it when I saw that she said that I was one of her favorite Indie authors! It’s so crazy to me to have somebody say something like that.

Anyways, the website has reviews of Runner, Caught, and Rescued up right now. The review for Wake and Eden are forthcoming. You should also check out the other reviews for all of the other books, because the way that the reviews are written are really cool. It’s not long, and drawn out like most review sites have their book. The reviews are short, and to the point, which I love.

Anyways, check them out!

Name Change & Editors

So, I decided that book one in The Visitors will no longer be called The Arrival. The reason for this is because there is already a popular book called that, and the new name for it is much more awesome. What is it? That is a secret! I will tell you once I reveal the cover art for it, which will be a few weeks. I’m getting the cover art done by a professional, so I cannot wait to see what it looks like. If you guys have any cover artist’s that you suggest, comment and let me know!

Secondly, I am having The Runners edited! I am so excited, and I can’t wait for you guys to re-read them in a more elegant, less grammatically incorrect, way. The editing for The Runners wasn’t that great, but that’s because I couldn’t afford an editor, and had to do it all myself. Well, today I was approached by an editor, and she told me that she wanted to re-edit them for me, absoutly free! Free is good. Editing is good. I am very excited.

Oh, I forgot to mention earlier, while I was talking about The Visitors. I hit the halfway mark on book one today, and I now have a solid writing scdhule that I am sticking to! I’m going to be writing at least 10,500 words a week, so it should be finished in no time!

That’s all folks!

The Things to Come

Today (well, tonight for me), I am going to let you guys not what I have planned for the future.

The first thing I am going to release is The ArrivalI am so excited to release it. I am about 1/3 done writing it, and am hoping to have it out in the next month or so. I’m around 25,000-30,000 words done with it (can’t remember exactly). I love the story so, so, much.

Next up, is The Runners Anthology. I am going to have all five of The Runners professionally edited, and re-released in eBook and Paperback format. I’m planning on including some bonus shorts in it.

Wow. This post was really short. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that I have some Pizza Rolls calling my name. I’ll end with this: I have had over 20,000 downloads of The Runners this month. Freaking. Awesome. Eden has had over a hundred sales in less than a week, and is number 39 in the Top 100 Short Stories, and is in the Top 5,000 overall. I’M SO FREAKING PUMPED.

That is all. Pizza Rolls.

EDEN is now available!

That’s right, folks. The final installment in The Runners series is now available on Amazon! Just click HERE to get it!

It’s not free at the moment, because Amazon takes 2-3 month to make something free after you ask them to. Sorry for the wait, for those of you who aren’t going to buy it until it’s free. It’s only .99, and it’s a couple thousand words longer than Wake, so it’s worth it.

Happy Reading,
Logan.

EDEN IS FINISHED.

There’s been a lot of people finding my blog by searching stuff like, “when is Eden coming out”, etc. Just letting you guys know that I finished Eden two days ago, and have been editing it. As far as when it is coming out, the answer is this: tonight.

More coming soon.

Update on EDEN

Just dropping in to give you a quick update on Eden.

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RIght now, I am currently writing the scene where Adam and Eve meet up with Brutus. And, well, some pretty crazy stuff is about to go down. However, for some odd reasons, Eden is tough for me to write. I feel like I’ve set the bar pretty high, and it seems hard for me to reach it. Oh well. I’m giving it my best, and that’s all that I can do.

Here’s a blurb for Eden that I cooked up.

Note: This blurb is not final.

The end is here.

Armed with the knowledge of who he is, Adam must set forth on the task laid before him. He must seek out redemption in the only way possible: Killing Marcus Wright.

But when there’s death and betrayal within The Runners, plus Adam’s powers over Eden taking over him uncontrollably, Adam is considering running away – leaving the skeletons in his closet to rot.

So there you have it! That’s what Eden is all about! I hope to have it out within the next two weeks. I’m posting updates, and even a few excerpts from it over on my Facebook page. You can check it out by clicking HERE

That’s pretty much all I have! This post was shorter than I expected, but I have to get back to writing, anyways!

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