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Saturday, January 28, 2012

How to handle a poor review...and be happy!

Well, I just received  a review for my novel, "Scammer" on Amazon and while it was a One Star review and could have made me feel down in the dumps; I changed it up and put a positive spin on it.
Here's a copy of the review: (and my comments at the end)

1.0 out of 5 stars 
No redeming CharatersJanuary 26, 2012
This review is from: Scammer (Kindle Edition)
I really do not know what to think about this book. Normally an author creates a character that people can identity with and relate to. However, in this book I 
couldn't identify with any character in the book and I found them to have no redeeming qualities. After the first few pages I found myself 
wondering if the author's intention was to create an extremely unlikeable character. Jeff, the lead character, not only created a Ponzi scheme but also took money from from Arab terrorist groups, "Right Wing Militia" groups, the mob, and other enemies of the United States. He creates a lifestyle by stealing from the ruthless characters of the world and uses middle class investors to keep his company going. 
Jeff had several unlikeable friends, one being Sal. Sal talks about women has if they are sexual objects and makes sure to use them as such. He's crude when describing the way he would use the women, which once again made me question the author's intentions for creating a book with so many unlikable and unsavory characters. 
Jeff is a huge dirt bag and I kept hoping the more I read I would find some things that would allow me to connect with the author's lead character. Instead I only hoped Jeff would die at the end of the book in a very slow and painful way. Everything Jeff did was for only himself and he really never thought of the effects his decision had on others and loved 

Throughout the book we meet Jeff's right hand man Mark, this character was a little bit of a surprise. He was not only Jeff's voice of reality 
when things were going crazy but he would appear and disappear constantly.

The author threw everything in this book that he could think of and at one point I though he might actually have someone throw the kitchen sink. The book had affairs, 
Government conspiracies, dealings with the mob, killing someone he loved to save himself, torture, rape, murder, bombs and terrorists sleeper cells. 
unlikeable characters I have ever read.

A Ponzi scheme is an investment fraud that involves the paI was so 
happy to finish this book because I couldn't find any redeeming literary qualities. I am trying really hard to be nice but the author wrote the most yment of purported returns to existing investors from funds contributed by new investors. Ponzi scheme organizers often solicit new investors by promising to invest funds in opportunities claimed to generate high returns with little or no risk. In many Ponzi schemes, the fraudsters focus on attracting new money to make promised payments to earlier-stage investors and to use for personal expenses, instead of engaging in any legitimate investment activity. Taken from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

My thoughts---Well first off, I thanked this person for reading and told him that I was sorry it wasn't his cup of tea; in my eyes, not everyone will like what they read. The title of his review was mispelled and there were numerous other typos littered about; not a big deal but still visible. He said how my book lacked any moral characters which is entirely true; this is a book about a bad man and the other bad people associated with him. He went on to state how other players are just as bad; hey this isn't a Disney book of month club read so sorry, this is about bad people doing really bad things. He said how he couldnt like my main character Jeff. In my eyes, who could like him? He is bad and this is his story. In the movie Scarface, Tony Montana is a bad man and people seemed to like him to some degree; so that's my rebuke to that. 

"I was so 
happy to finish this book because I couldn't find any redeeming literary qualities. I am trying really hard to be nice but the author wrote the most unlikeable characters I have ever read."

The Positive spin on that is that he hated the book, but at least he finished it. I've read novels that were good and never finished because they were boring or the writing style put me to sleep, but if what he said was true; at least he finished it. It reminds me of when watching Howard Sterns movie "Private Parts" when people were saying how the listeners that hated him listened to him because they wanted to hear what he was going to say next. All I'm trying to convey here is that even though someone may not find your work favorable; at least you got them to read it from cover to cover and you sparked something that made them want to let someone know about it. There's democrats and republicans; why do we pick sides. Coke or Diet coke? Rib steak or sirloin? So many choices and why we choose what we do. I've seen reviews on some of my favorite authors books and some people will give 5 stars and other 4, 3, 2, and 1 even though I thought the book was excellent. 
What are your thoughts? I would love to hear from anyone on this topic. Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New Idea for Making Cool Characters

Hello everyone. I have been working on my next book and the research I've had to do on locations has been a labor. I dont want there to be any inaccuracies with the locations, roads etc. Well, after I finished spending countless hours (maybe not that long!) on that, I was thinking that I don't spend that kind of time developing my characters in my stories. Afterall, they are probably more important in my eyes than the setting. The story I believe is still most important, but I would put ,"believable characters" a close second. Now I thought about how I was going to make some of these people more interesting and worth caring about. I came up with a series if questions and other items that I put on a sheet and fill out. I printed them out and kept them near my laptop so if I needed to know something about that person...it was right there. I know writers have done this before and its not like I've made some great new discovery but anything I can come across to help other writers I think is worth sharing. Hope you find it useful.                                                                     Character Interview and Info Sheet
Hair Color-
Eye Color-
Body type/build-
Tattoos/Scars etc-
Dress style-
Marital status-
Ethnic background-
Current Address-
Future Aspirations-
Any other information vital to character-

Monday, January 23, 2012

Joined this great writing site! Book Blogs.

Hello everyone. First of i have to say I am excited that the Giants are going to the Super Bowl. With that said I discovered this great site called "Book Blogs". I have to say that this is one of the best sites I have been on. The people there are warm and genuine and really seem to care about writing and reading. The site is easy to use and
has loads of information. There are links to many of the user's blogs and a lot of useful information that any writer could use. I joined this site and have been very happy so far and I believe most of us would benefit from the useful information on this website.
Thanks for reading and here is a link to the site! http://bookblogs.ning.com/

Friday, January 20, 2012

Make time to write!

With all the excitement of having my first novel completed and published, I've been working hard on my next book which is a sequel. It's hard juggling a full time job and a family and finding the time to write. A good thing is that my wife now gets up at 4:30 am and leaves around 5:30. The kids aren't up until 7 or so and most days I dont have to leave until after that. I ca usually squeeze in an hour or so which has been helping. I have also been driving with the radio off in the car, this way I can think about future chapters and characters.
I was interested in knowing what anyone does to make time to write under these types of circumstances.
Please share if you can.
Thank  you.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

For all of my followers a thank you!

Thank you for your support. I am putting my story up for my followers for free with a code.
All you have to do is go to this site:

and enter this code: anthonynewmanfreebookcode

You should be able to get a copy on epub, mobi or pdf from there.

Thank you so much for all the support and I hope you enjoy the story. If anyone needs a beta reader; I am out of stuff to read so if you need someone to review your work-- let me know.
Have a great rest of the weekend.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

So awesome to have my book available

Well, its been a long journey, but my novel Scammer is finally available. I hope it will entertain those who read it.
I am getting a download code and will send it to all followers of my blog....it will be a free download. I really do appreciate all those who have supported me.
Thank you ---------anthony

Sunday, January 8, 2012

New Year's Resolutions for Writing

Hope everyone had a great Christmas, Chanakuh , Kwanza or whatever else is celebrated along with New Years. I must say that I've been slacking a bit lately when it comes to writing. I recently finished my novel "Scammer" and it is currently being converted and uploaded to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple and other sites. My cover was designed by Ronnell D. Porter and it came out just as I wanted it too. I had begun work on my second book in the series and was jamming along when the week before Christmas came and I had last minute shopping to do and I dressed up as Santa this year to surprise the kids on Christmas Eve. With all that going on, the NBA is back and my favorite team  the Knicks look like they could contend this year and now the Giants are in the playoffs. Between taking care of my wife and three kids, I was thinking the other day that I had been lazy when it came to writing.  I tried hopping back on the horse the other day and then AMC was running a slew of great movies and then I get invited  to see Mission Impossible 4(was a great movie). I tried getting some writing in last night, did some for about 15 minutes and crashed. My resolution is to try and carve out a time of day that's exclusive to writing. I wanted to know if anyone reading this has the same issues when it comes to finding the time to write. I would love to hear from you.
Thanks again----Anthony