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Writing for Whom?

Posted by UniquelyHis on June 7, 2013 at 8:40 PM

A few months ago, I allowed another author to review my book The Past Hunter.  I thought I would get a great review, but I did not-- he gave me  a three stars review. It wasn't the number of stars, but  what he wrote:

By Philip Nork "author of 'real life fiction'"

This review is from: The Past Hunter: When The Past Comes Calling (Paperback)

In The Past Hunter by Ruthie Madison the author tells a story that has a great message for the readers. The idea of second chances and that whatever or whoever you worship gives you the strength to go on day-by-day is one that everyone should be able to relate to. Your past is something all people have and you have to come to grips with it--either you learn from it or you try to escape it.


This book is a hard one for me to review. I love the idea and the message it leaves you ... however, to me this is one of those books that should never have been published the way it is presented. The writing really needs an editor to make it acceptable. The way the characters talk to each other isn't natural; there isn't one contraction in the whole book. There are many areas where I got lost, not knowing who was talking, or to who, or about what. That took away from the flow of the reading. The formatting is way off (it was left margin and not justified) and there are many extra `spaces' throughout the book. There are also many grammatical mistakes which take away from the message.


I was given a copy of this by the author for an honest review and I have to call it as I read it. If I had to buy a copy of this, I would be very upset after reading it. The author needs to invest in an editor so that the "book" reads more like a book rather than a creative writing assignment from an English class. I do believe that the author has a future in this genre; she just needs to continue to grow as a writer.


Hopefully the author takes this review as constructive criticism and understands that there is a market for this type of genre. The messages are ones that need to be told. I give the book 4 stars for the message it leaves, but 2 stars for the actual writing and formatting. This means I will rate it 3 stars, as I did enjoy the story--it just needs a little more work."

Okay, Philip. I took your sugegstions and  I appreciate your help, but who would be willing to edit my  manuscript? I really wish I let someone else edit it because the non editor ripped it apart with all her red marks and suggestions and it nearly done me in. I took it with stride and asked God to help me make it better.

The question I ask is who am I writing for? Yes, I am writing for romance readers, but mainly and most importantly I write for Jesus.  The Past Hunter is a romance story with no foul language and no erotica. It is a Christian Romance, It is how God would want it between a couple (Nothing premarital at all or even extra marital).

I did not  write this book for those who do not like romance fiction nor for people who loves to tear me apart after I had to sit through pages and pages of everything she found wrong in my manuscript. She is not an editor and she is not my friend. What is she?  Her website says she is  a photographer and a digital artist.  She also does not understand that I  have no income. I am already paying an editor in payments as it is.  Also one other thing and maybe the reason she was that   way towards me was how she was raised-- Aren't Germans  Strict?

I had made up my mind not to be concern with her comments about my ebook.  I will not let her destroy my self esteem and self worth because God believes in me.  She doesn't have to buy  or order my book.  I made changes to my manuscript because of all her editing she had done and she is still not happy.  The saying is true: "You can't please everyone all the time."   After reading only one page, she rips into me.

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