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The Yellow Wallpaper, the problems with star ratings, and escapist fiction

Posted by Shannon Haddock on September 5, 2014 in Rants, Reviewing |

In college I briefly was an English major.  During this less than enjoyable time, I had to read many, many depressing stories.  “The Yellow Wallpaper” has come in my mind to represent all of them, partially because it was one of the final straws in me changing my major.  It was a brilliant story, an […]

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Thoughts on reviews and reviewing

Posted by Shannon Haddock on July 26, 2014 in Rants, Reviewing |

For reasons that are complicated to explain without getting into oddities of book promotion that I’m pretty sure most indie authors already know and no one else cares about, I’ve been reading lots of things to review them lately.   I’ve also just recently gotten in the habit, probably because of this (and possibly because […]

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Well, it had to happen eventually

Posted by Shannon Haddock on June 5, 2014 in Jake's Last Mission, Rants, Reviewing |

I got my first bad review. Now, I know conventional wisdom is that bad reviews are better for authors than good reviews because we can learn from them.  However, given what my bad review says, I’m not sure what I’m supposed to learn. Here is the entirety of the review: “Book was awful…one of the […]

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