Top Ten Things Not to Do When Getting a Negative Review

Julia Hughes:

Giggled my way through this list – though the best advice is at the top – hopefully a handful of trusted beta readers will have already pointed out weaknesses and an editor has caught all the whoopsies, so don’t read reviews! They’re by readers, for readers.

Originally posted on Fiction Favorites:

Here is the 36th installment of Ten Top Lists of What Not to Do by Marie Ann Bailey of 1WriteWay at and John W. Howell of Fiction Favorites at These lists are simu-published on our blogs each Monday. We hope you enjoy.

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Top Ten Things Not to Do If Your Book Gets a Negative Review

10.  If your book gets a negative review, do not read the review, especially if the rating is one star.  At best, the reviewer will admit the review is based on having read only a couple of pages of your book and you can chide yourself for even bothering to read one word of the review.  At worst, you will read the review so many times  you can quote it by heart, begin to believe it, and eventually get one star tattooed on your back to atone for imagined errors in your…

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Year 2 Good Deeds Week 3

Year 2 Good Deeds Week 3.

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Pretty Words – A Practical Guide to Formatting for Online Publishing

Julia Hughes:

Monica La Porta’s stories enchant, and of course, the formatting’s faultless – here’s why! Practical Formatting, by Roberto.

Originally posted on Monica La Porta's Blog:

Starting today, and without a proper introduction—and that’s entirely my fault—my formatter, aka dear hubby Roberto, will explain, once a week, the art of good formatting. Since he is very knowledgeable and has lots to say on the topic, I’ll leave the floor to him right away:

When Monica started her book business we looked at all the different components of the workflow, from inception to publishing and marketing, and decided how to tackle each phase. We wanted to have a professional approach and put out on the market a polished product.

Some parts were clear: she does the writing, you need a professional for the editing and you definitely want an extra pair of eyes for the final proofreading.

For the covers, we started working with our good friend Alessandro, even though lately we started doing our own covers with some encouraging results. Yes, Alessandro, it takes two of…

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Writing Process Blog Hop Tour

Julia Hughes:

The very talented Monica La Porta, author of “The Priest” and many others, reveals her writing process and mentions a few friends too!

Originally posted on Monica La Porta's Blog:

The Writing Process Blog Tour:

Last week, Angela Roquet invited me to participate in the Writing Process Blog Hop. She asked me to answer a few questions and to introduce a few other authors. I immediately accepted, because if there is anything I like more than writing and reading, is talking about the great authors I’ve been fortunate enough to meet through Twitter and Facebook. The camaraderie and support of the indie community is something rarely seen in other fields of life. People who were strangers to me helped me in a way I never thought possible. I am honored to count them as my friends now.

clip_image002I met Angela last year, when a common author friend, Clare Davidson, invited both of us to participate in yet another blog tour. Angela is one of those individuals with sunny and supportive personalities who are a pleasure to have around…

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Guest Author Julia Hughes

Julia Hughes:

Learn more about the Griffin’s Boy giveaway via the lovely Rosie Amber whose by-words are ‘Good Deeds’

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

Today our guest is author Julia Hughes who wrote yesterday’s book “The Griffin’s Boy” here is a link to it if you missed it.

Julia Hughes

1) Where is your home town?

London, the most beautiful city in the world.

2) How long have you been writing?

Always, and I’ve always enjoyed writing, but … around six years or so, something clicked. I realised that the books I most enjoy reading are those that allow me as a reader to fill in the gaps. As a fledgling author, I tended to paint the entire picture, but now, I have enough confidence in my stories to allow my readers’ imagination to take flight.

3) Why did you decide to write The Griffin’s Boy?

In “The Griffin Cryer”, my main character, Frankie, is in a hopeless place. Her brother, Michael, is in a coma. He shows no signs of recovery, and has had…

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100 Little Words on Parenthood

100 Little Words on Parenthood

100 Little Words on Parenthood edited by Charlie Plunkett

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The Griffin’s Boy – Giveaway!


 ….He’ll risk his life, then his soul & finally his heart in his quest to be …


Julia Hughes, author “The Griffin Cryer” has written another thrilling adventure, this time set on Ella-Earth, which is our world’s twin in most respects. Except –both evolution and science have taken a different path, and an elite troop known as “The Griffin Riders” patrol the spiritual conduits known as ley-lines.



About the book: 

Neb, whose name translates as ‘Nobody’, has ambitions to become the equivalent of our world’s stable-lad – a griffin-boy. However, on recruitment day, his favourite griffin, Balkind, disgraces them both.  But Neb won’t take no for an answer. He steals Balkind, and flies off in pursuit of The Griffin Master, determined to change the cantankerous old warrior’s mind. What follows is a breath taking flight of imagination, as Neb risks first his life, then his soul and finally his heart in his quest to become a griffin boy.

About the author: 

As a Londoner, I’m enchanted by the legend that griffins are the guardians of this ancient city. In my mind, they combine the characteristics of two of our most beloved animal companions: Horses and dogs – with of course the added bonus that they have wings! As anyone who’s read “The Griffin Cryer” knows, I believe that if you only believe in yourself, against all odds, help arrives from (very!) unexpected sources.  If you have self belief, then you have the will to succeed – and you will succeed! So dream big and fly high – the only limits are the ones we place on our imaginations.

Join “THE GRIFFIN’S BOY” in the adventure of a lifetime – FREE!

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