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The Xarrokian council has seen it fit to add this contributor to our vast database: Natalie Star

During this blog tour issues between reviewers and authors has gotten some attention. A few of us on the tour and behind the scenes wrote a series of blog posts touching on the subject. To follow along check out the links below in order.

Ritesh starts:

My response:

Ritesh continues:

Tara’s response:

Here’s my response too:

6. Put out a good book: I would never dream of putting out a book without having it edited, there are some author’s that do. They either can’t afford it, or claim they do just fine on their own. But I know as a writer that I need to have my work looked at, so that’s one expense I feel is worth it.

I’ve read books by author’s who had a great stories, but the lack of editing made me cringe one too many times that I was removed from the story over and over again. It’s such a disappointment, so I shy away from their future works. As for the bad covers, yeah there have been a few that were so bad I didn’t even consider them, even the free ones. They might be great stories, but bad covers usually indicate no editor due to lack of funding.

So I agree with Ritesh on this one: if you can’t afford and editor, find a good beta reader who can help you spot mistakes. I don’t write reviews for the most part, but I do give stars to books I’ve read. Poor editing knocks off one star right away. I just read one that was so bad I had to knock 2 stars off. It’s a shame because the story itself was really good, but because the mistakes were so bad, I kept getting frustrated while reading it.

7. Help the blogs in return: I will always post the blog link on my facebook, my facebook groups, and twitter. That’s just something I do, it would be rude not to. It’s that whole “scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” thing.

Sometimes I post on the blog comments and sometimes I don’t, it just depends on the nature of the blog. It’s a tough call though, I don’t want to prevent readers from commenting if they know I’m posting. I want them to be honest with an open dialog and sometimes they hold back because the author is “in the house”. So I try to sit back and judge by the comments that come in or I just ask the blogger their opinion. They usually have a handle on their regular readers.

8. Demanding reviews: I don’t think I’ve ever come across that way. I did beg for a few once I am guilty of that, and when a couple of them said no, I bowed out graciously. But if I were a reviewer demanding attitudes would be a turn off right there. I would delete those books from my TBR list immediately.

9. Book pricing: I would, and will buy books from the big six that are over $10. I won’t buy a book by a newbie indie author for that amount. Not until they’ve proven themselves to me. I’m published through a small press publisher and my book is $5.99 on Amazon, and I’ve been told it’s a bit too pricey with it being my debut novel and all. (My publisher does offer it for $4.99 on their site). But apparently even that is too much for some people.

It’s up to the publisher how to price it, and then I only get a percentage of the sales, so if we go too low I wouldn’t see much of anything for my time and work. No one wants to work for free. The other money has to pay for my editors, I have three per book (content, line, and senior editors), my cover artist, and so many more people who work on it: they format it, they post it on a dozen or more purchase sites, they send it out for reviews, they market a little bit, and have resources for me to use. So yeah, it’s all neat stuff in my contract, but at a price, and that money has to come from somewhere.

10. Going to war: This one is huge and I cannot begin to cover it, but one-star reviews can bring out the worst in authors. Authors should know they can’t please everyone and that they need to act professionally. Being nasty, whining, and belly aching is not becoming to anyone. Then there are those that like to bash authors, and/or write bad reviews, because this is somehow fun for them. What can you do about them? Nothing really, just turn the other cheek and walk away.

What says you? Let us know in the comment section below!


I know Ritesh has put out his third and final installment, but I haven’t the time to respond right now. Hopefully soon! Here is his final link (I haven’t even read it yet):



Book Trailer on You Tube:!/iamjustnatalie

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Author Bio:

When I’m not reading or writing, I can be found with my husband supporting my two children on the soccer fields. Or maybe running around with my camera taking photos while camping and/or hiking. Or lastly, and most probable – I’m watching movies on Netflix while simultaneously perusing Facebook.

Our family resides in the state of Virginia along with our old-unintelligent-diabetic cat named Lucky.

The Keeper (Young Adult/Paranormal Romance/heat level 2), by Natalie Star


The morning of her sixteenth birthday, Billie feels blessed despite the reoccurring nightmare that wakes her. Loving parents, a caring boyfriend, and great friends surround her until an heirloom necklace throws her into a world she never imagined.
“Gifted” with supernatural powers and an unexpected destiny as the Keeper, Billie and a mysterious boy from her past must work together to find answers. But, as they begin to discover feelings for one another, he disappears leaving her to fight evil alone. Her life spirals out of control. She breaks up with her boyfriend, Tony, and alienates her best friends Arianna and Jocelyn to protect them from the truth.
As dark forces pursue her, Billie longs to run away from it all, yet a need to do what’s right compels her to face the future as the keeper of more than her own fortune.

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