Reviewer IndieView with Cat Ellington

Where the rating system is concerned, greatness is in the eye of the reader. I’ve read such ones and know this to be a fact. Huge mistakes. Do you have any ideas or comments on how the industry can ‘filter’ good from bad, aside from reviews? The process of completing such a book will take me that much longer, but I wouldn’t abandon it altogether. Per my publication listings at both The IndieView,   and in The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages, it is made known that I do not accept YA fiction or Western fiction, therefore those are two of the main genres that I will not review. Get your work out there however you can. Based on plot, character maturation, chapter length, overall structure, and even cover art, do I decide what rating to give a book. I follow my own guidelines and provide an honest critique of each book, accordingly. This means that I am completely accustomed to drama…of every varietal. Frankly, I don’t really believe that there is a way, unless the industry is willing to stretch its budget to hire, in each one of its affiliates, a greater number of proofreaders. About Writing
What are the most common mistakes that you see authors making? We’re told that the first page, paragraph, chapter, is absolutely key in making or breaking a book. I should include that when I have completed a novel and begin to compose my review of the same, I do so in a spirit of truth and fairness, and with integrity – not taking into consideration an author’s name, or their fame, or any other form of public opinion concerning their effort(s). And to have so much going on with an entire cast of characters, it’s wise to jot down a list of notes, so as to not forget anything that may be useful for written review purposes. I have read many a rave review of independent authors’ efforts. It’s coming to a point where reading a novel of fiction (or even nonfiction) will be considered a luxury, rather than a basic hobby. About Publishing
What do you think of the oft-quoted comment that the “slush-pile has moved online”? Now, in explanation of it, every reader has his or her own personal opinions as to what rating any one novel should receive from them. The process of completing such a book will take me that much longer, but I wouldn’t abandon it altogether. For example, I may believe that John Grisham’s storied legal thriller, The Firm, is undoubtedly a five-star opus, whilst another reader may not feel the same way and prefer to brand the said effort with a three-star rating. Though I am a book lover appreciative of the majority of literary genres, the aforementioned just so happen to be my all-time favorite set. Not readers so much as the authors themselves. And it is for those same reasons that genres and descriptions exists. Authors will continue onward in their crafts of creating exciting stories, and there will be book lovers the world over who will support their creative contributions. Associates of that specific group are simply unfocused. Especially those of you indie authors, who are now coming into your own. And I wouldn’t at all be surprised if I ever found myself in such an area of friction. Eighty-thousand words. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Under no circumstances to ‘argue’ with the reviewer – would you agree with that? The rating system. My advice to authors on getting a ‘bad’ review (hasten to add that might mean a perfectly honest, well written, fair review – just bad from the author’s point of view) is to take what you can from it and move on. It wouldn’t shock me at all. Do your research. Yes, I do. About Reading
We talk a lot about writing here on the blog, and possibly not enough about reading, which is after all why we’re all here. I would never quit on a book, even if it’s awful. Once I start something, I believe in finishing it. Being a respectably decent judge of character, where novels of fiction are concerned, I know immediately, from the first two paragraphs that I start to read, whether or not I’m going to like a book. There is always the possibility of a novel, that some may find terribly disturbing and offensive, being published to the widespread general public. More power to them. That would round out to what, like 315 pages? I am a natural born passionate of thrillers (the plurality indicates the inclusion of thriller subgenres), horror, suspense, crime capers, mysteries, and hard-boiled noir fiction. The rating system itself is just that. Honestly, I have read quite a few book descriptions in my Kindle app store where certain authors have literally spoiled their entire book. Make your decisions on which individual reviewers to propose your effort(s) to from there. End of Interview:
Read Cat’s reviews at   Reviews by Cat Ellington. At any of these locations, you will pretty much get an idea of where each reviewer stands in his or her knowledge, absorption, and communication. I loved the novel so much, as did I its young protagonist, Davey Wexler. One of the many positive attributes about reading is that those who love to do it all share a common witness: The recreation has a way of transporting one to places that he or she may have never frequented, and, in some instances, never will – at least not in the real world. Cat Ellington – 27 June 2017
About Reviewing
How did you get started? Rather than allowing their potential readers to purchase, download, and read the titles themselves, those authors anxiously give away the entire plot in their description fields, leaving very little, if anything, to a reader’s imagination. Hmmm. What are you looking for? Ugggh! Also, reputable outlets like The IndieView and The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages can also well assist authors in the reviewer choosing process. Is it a read first, and then make notes, or do you make notes as you go along? I do indeed make many notes as I go along – and for good reason, I might add. Once I start something, I believe in finishing it. If a book has a great plot, great characters, but the grammar is less than perfect, how do you deal with that? I believe that because of outlets like Kindle, Kobo, and Smashwords (especially Smashwords) the reading public is becoming acquainted with a whole new wave of independent novelists (who also happen to be self-published), and with the incredible books that these new authors have both written and published. Why do you think people love reading? People are people, and tempers sometimes get overheated. Take the time to visit any potential reviewer’s blog, or perhaps a prominent website where their critiques may be featured: Goodreads, NetGalley, Amazon, First to Read, LibraryThing, etc. And then you have others who just can’t be bothered to sit down and relax with a really good book that they may truly enjoy, too overwhelmed with the distractions of daily living. (Laughs) My primary careers are in the entertainment industry! How long does it take you to get through, say, an eighty thousand-word book? Is there anything you will not review? Agents typically request only the first five pages of a novel; what do you think about that? All of those aspects play key roles in my rating system. Filters should not apply. If a certain narrative’s genre and/or its description is not your cup of Earl Grey, then by all means, avoid it. I would be among the first to cheer them on, considering. Do you get readers emailing you and thanking you for a review? I easily overlook it. The only difference between the old era and this new era is that nearly everything is now digital. And if one of my not-so-pleasant reviews was to rub any said author the wrong way, and he and/or she felt the need to tell me as much, in a contentious manner, then so be it. I actually wrote my very first analysis at age eleven, after I’d completed Judy Blume’s now legendary YA masterpiece, Tiger Eyes. There are reviewers out there who would not be so welcoming of an irate author, except that I am not one of them. And there will come times when an author may find himself/herself contending with a reviewer as the result of a “negative” rating or review. If a book hasn’t grabbed you by the first five pages, do you put it down? Overall, I don’t believe that reading as a pastime is dying, as there will always be bookworms who populate the earth in considerable numbers. What advice could you give to authors looking to get their books reviewed? Everything is certainly not for everyone. Do you think attitudes are changing with respect to indie or self-published titles? But on the other hand, more often than not, if a novel grips its reader from the first five pages, then it’s safe to say that the same will continue to hold the reader’s interest until the very end. The great man, gifted with vast literary wisdom, put the work in, and then closed in on the old school brick-and-mortar publishing houses of New York to get his chilling stories read by millions. Because in some cases, a book can come out of the gate sluggish, and then pick up speed to gain ground. Being a “called” writer, my immediate reaction to pen a small review of Tiger Eyes, straightaway after reading it, had been an impulse that came naturally to me. I will always catch myself saying, “Oooh, I like this one already!” I would never quit on a book, even if it’s awful. Strife is strife – be it in show business or literature. Such a course is inevitable. And truly so, there is a growing public interest. How do you review a book? How did you come up with your rating system, and could you explain more about the rating system? And I just felt compelled to compose, on paper, my own personal critique of the narrative. That’s a great question! And if authors must go about dispatching their manuscripts, electronically, to publishers, then so be it. While reading novels of fiction, especially if a reviewer intends to write a review of the work soon after he or she has finished it, making notes throughout the reading process is very important, as the book may feature any number of characters, all of whom have been given their own individual lives, created by the author, and therefore contribute heavily to the story. That can be a very (emphasis on very) tricky situation. Please, no spoilers! Depending on how “gripping” the plot is – and the book would really have to be a page-turner that commands my interest – it could take me 3 to 4 days to complete a novel of that particular pagination. We’re seeing lots of statistics that say reading as a pastime is dying – do you think that’s the case? To answer your question regarding those “statistics,” perhaps in some demographics, for lack of a better word, the leisure of reading has lost its luster, as many members of this generation have become absorbed in – even obsessed with – technology, be its form social media, game apps, or what have you. Hey, Stephen King didn’t get to be Stephen King by sitting around being faithless. Grammatical errors – that can be corrected in edited reissues – ought not be considered if a novel is five-star worthy in both plot and character development. Fellow readers email me to compliment my analysis, while authors constantly email me to not only compliment my style of review, but to also thank me for my critiques of their own novels.