Posted in Good Reads

George RR Martin & Apple announce interactive GoT books collaboration (Link) #amreading

A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition, available through Apple from Thursday, promises ‘a world of additional content’ including sigils, family trees and glossaries.

You always used to get this material in the printed book so surprised no one has thought to do this before. I guess it is all down to how much additional content you really get, and how it works. For example if they incorporate it into the ‘press and hold on a word’ feature (as they appear to have done), and then it pops up with the details of the person’s family tree, or glossary details about the term, then that is something better than an old style book in my opinion.

The audio clip…not sure what that’s about…will have to wait for the post-release reviews :)

George RR Martin has hailed “an amazing next step in the world of books”

Will be interested to see if it lives up to Mr Martin’s high expectations:)

For the full article click here. George RR Martin and Apple announce interactive Game of Thrones books collaboration

Posted in Writing

9 Things That Cost Your Book 5 Stars – Guest Blog Post By An Amazon Top Reviewer

Nice read🙂 although as a GoT fan I do like lots of characters! Maybe not too many though…

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

head shot your humble host

Meerkat agreed to do a follow up post about stuff we writer types can do to avoid getting a less than stellar review from a reviewer.

Here are some of the top pet peeves. (Emphasis added by me)

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There are lots of reasons why I love a book and I usually see something great in all books even if they’re not my favourite genres, but there are definite reasons why I don’t like a book and if these crop up, it feels as if the book still needs editing – and it’s hard for me to give it 5 stars.

1 – Spelling errors, grammar errors, typos, etc.

I know these are perhaps the least important for some people to check and I don’t mind the very odd typo (I’m guilty of them myself) but if every page of a book has typos and…

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Posted in Writing, Writing quotes & humour

9 Reasons why you should never check a writer’s search history #amwriting #writing

We writers love to google stuff. If we’re not writing, or staring into space, or messing about on Facebook, or—Okay you get the idea—then there’s a good chance we’re googling something to do with our latest Work in Progress. Let this article serve to comfort both our loved ones (who should really know better than to check our search history anyway), or police investigating a missing person (because hey, we may be a writer, but we do draw the research line way before it gets close to reality. And that missing person case is totally different to the one we wrote about in our last book).

So, why you should never check a writer’s search history.

1. The shock: Looking up baby names doesn’t mean the family is about to expand. No, there are no new puppies or babies on the way—unless there are, which is technically possible because even writers procreate and / or can get suckered in by cute puppies with big eyes.

OMG I need a puppy!

writer search history...baby names

2.The criminal: It’s really important to know the consequence of committing <insert crime here> in <insert country here> in <insert year here>. That doesn’t mean we’re a time-traveller about to rob a bank in 1932 Peru.

Writer search history

3. The weapon: Finding a futuristic weapon design on our computer doesn’t make us the next mad scientist. We just wish we were, because we’re pretty sure even a mad scientist will earn more money than a writer.

writer search history...futuristic weapons

4. The killer:  No we have never made a bomb or killed someone in the vacuum of space, but it’s important to know how.

5. The Personality disorder: Searching ‘personality disorders’ doesn’t mean we think we’re a paranoid schizophrenic with OCD, nor do we suspect our nearest and dearest to be bipolar!

Oh, but now that we’ve googled it they do tick a number of the boxes…

Writer search history...personality disorders

6. The doctor: No, we’ve never needed to make a temporary splint for a broken leg, nor do we have that obscure and highly infectious disease.

<Pause here while I make a doctors appointment>

7. The survivalist: Just because we’ve researched how to live on grubs, can find water in a desert, and can make a temporary shelter out of old tin cans, doesn’t mean we think a dinosaur-ending sized asteroid is about to hit, but if it did we could probably survive.

8. The sexual deviant: Yes, we really did need to research that obscure sexual practice…for a story.

Err…and that wasn’t the kind of whipped I was looking for…

writer search history...whipped cream

9. The body: Googling ‘how to hide a body’ doesn’t mean we have just done away with our evil boss, and if our boss has suddenly disappeared, it’s nothing to do with us, honest!

Writer search history...how to hide a body

So, now you know better than to check a writer’s search history, and we can all sleep much easier tonight.

Happy googling and writing🙂