Helpful Tips for Authors: BookRoar

Hi! It’s been a long time since I have done one of these so I decided that it would be best to do one today. Dominique Gibson is back with another Helpful Tips for Authors post. So, I was searching the internet the other day and I found a website for authors looking to have their books reviewed by other authors and readers. One of the websites I have found is a new one where if an author gives a review to another author, the author gets credit for reviewing that book and recommends that author to review your book.

This type of service is still in the beta reading stage but I highly recommend it for self-published authors who want to get more reviews for their work. If you are interested in learning more about this service, click on the link below for more information.

Bookroar

That’s it for this edition of the Helpful Tips for Authors post. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson.

Dominique Gibson knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she wrote her first book out of sheer boredom at eight years old. Years later, she decided to pursue her dream of writing at Columbia College Chicago to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Fiction Writing. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. When she is not working on her novels, she is currently teaching toddlers at a daycare center in Skokie IL. For more information about her and her work, check out her website at: https://dominiquegibsonauthor.com/2018/06/23/the-journey-begins/

The last 10,000 words of the A Phiman’s Betrayal

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. I have been so busy lately with the last 10,000 words of my thesis novel that I haven’t had much time to do anything else. What a bummer! But now I’m back with another post announcing the the last ten thousand words of A Phiman’s Betrayal (the first draft) has now been turned in. As for finishing the book itself, I’m only a couple of pages away from finishing the first draft of A Phiman’s Betrayal, which I will be super excited about once it’s finished.

I want to say that after the first draft is finished that I will put it away and let it breathe so that I will be able to come back to it once I start (and finish) the rewriting process to Courtney’s Redemption before I send it to a professional editor. I have plans of hiring a beta reader or two to point out some flaws I may have missed after I self-edit it but before I send it to a editor for a review. Unfortunately, this will not be the case. The third class, the capstone class, involves me to take the first draft of A Phiman’s Betrayal and rewrite it for publication if I ever decided to go the traditional publishing route (Which is highly unlikely unless I make a LOT of sales and even then, it’s still a gamble in the publishing world). I’m already at week eight of my second thesis class and there are only two more weeks left before the next class starts.

Boy how time flies.

I better get back to my writing now.

Dominique Gibson

P.S. Episode Eleven of The Bunmens: A Truson S.E.T. Story will be released this Friday. If you want to catch the first three episodes for free, click on the link down below for more information. Thanks and see you soon.

The Bunmens: A Truson S.E.T. Story on Kindle Vella

P.P.S. The ebook version to An Orman’s Allegiance has been released on September 11th, 2021 and is now available on Kindle Unlimited. If you want, you can check it out here.

Dominique Gibson knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she sat down at her plastic table and wrote her first book out of sheer boredom at eight years old. Years later, she decided to go get her Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College Chicago. She is obtaining her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. When not writing, she is busy teaching two year olds at a daycare center in Skokie, IL. For more information, check out her website at https://dominiquegibsonauthor.com/2018/06/23/the-journey-begins/ for more information.

Ebook version of An Orman’s Allegiance

Ebook cover

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. After working and re-tweaking the ebook version of An Orman’s Allegiance, It will finally be available as a preorder on Amazon until September 11th, 2021. It’s currently in draft mode right now on Amazon but I will be sure to keep you posted on when it’s available on preorder really soon. In the meantime, you can check out the other two books in The Truson S.E.T. Series down below from Amazon and other online retailers everywhere.

Series Page for the Truson S.E.T. Series

Also, I have done another video talking about the recent updates about what I have been working on since my last video on August 28th of last month. It is scheduled for September 7th, 2021 even though I made the video today. I will keep you updated on when the video becomes available. If you want to see more of my videos, you can like, share, and subscribe to my videos on YouTube.

Cover for Kindle Vella

Before I decide to end this post, I also wanted to mention that Episode Ten (Yes, it has officially been ten episodes since I first wrote this story, can you believe it?) will be available on Friday, September 10th, 2021. As I have stated in my YouTube video, I will be releasing episodes every Friday instead of every Monday. If you are interested in learning more, click on the link below for more information.

The Bunmens: A Truson S.E.T. Story

That’s it for this post. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

Dominique Gibson knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she sat down at her plastic table and wrote her first book out of sheer boredom at eight years old. Years later, she decided to go get her Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College Chicago. She is obtaining her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. When not writing, she is busy teaching two year olds at a daycare center in Skokie, IL. For more information, check out her website at https://dominiquegibsonauthor.com/2018/06/23/the-journey-begins/ for more information.

Embracing the Bad and the Good

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. I didn’t really have any plans to do another post so soon but I felt compelled to do this considering I have received my first bad review for my work, An Orman’s Revenge, today. This bad review came from a critic that read my book for free during The BookLife Prize contest I entered into around two weeks ago. The deadline for this contest is August 31st, 2021. I will provide the link below if you are interested in entering the contest.

Why did I decide to post a bad review? As an author, you have to embrace the good with the bad when it comes other people reading your work. Whether it’s a reader, a critic, or even another writer, An author needs to take the good with the bad and the bad with the good when it comes to the reviews. I just so happen to be one of those people who embraces the bad just as much as I embrace the good. I know that not everyone will like my work and that’s fine. Who cares? I don’t write to please critics, I write because I love what I do, period. If I did write just to please critics, then I would be a very unhappy writer.

Anyways, here is the review the critic at BookLife Prize wrote on August 14th, 2021 that I am just now reading and posting on this website:

Critic’s Report

Title: An Orman’s Revenge
Author: Dominique Gibson
Genre: Fiction/Romance
Audience: Adult
Word Count: 61751

Assessment:

Plot: A dead woman, having been injected with Animan three-hundred, wakes up on Truson, the island where the Ormans and other inter-species beings are hiding. This woman holds an unexplained, powerful attraction for the scientist Ford Mayfield, who wants nothing more than to find out who is responsible for the death of his wife a decade ago. Dominique Gibson starkly outlines this premise in the first ten pages of An Orman’s Revenge, Book 1 of The Truson S.E.T. Series, with little attempt to create a setting or an atmosphere where it might be believable.

Prose/Style: The prose oftentimes feels inelegant and juvenile in both its sensibility and its expression.

Originality: This is a blend of unintegrated themes—werewolf-type beings, undeniable and yet unfathomable love at first sight, a mystery about one woman’s death and another’s identity, amnesia, mad scientists at the clandestine Truson School for Shapeshifters, reincarnation, and murder most foul.

Character Development/Execution: Readers will know these characters only through their actions and their own explicit explanations of their behavior, not through subtlety in the author’s presentation. They need to be more sufficiently developed for the reader to care about what will happen to them.

Score:

  • Plot/Idea: 5 out of 10
  • Originality: 5 out of 10
  • Prose: 5 out of 10
  • Character/Execution: 5 out of 10
  • Overall: 5.00 out of 10

Date Submitted: August 14, 2021

So, That’s it for this post. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

Dominique Gibson knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she sat down at her plastic table and wrote her first book out of sheer boredom at eight years old. Years later, she decided to go get her Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College Chicago. She is obtaining her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. When not writing, she is busy teaching two year olds at a daycare center in Skokie, IL. For more information, check out her website at https://dominiquegibsonauthor.com/2018/06/23/the-journey-begins/ for more information.

Why First Drafts Suck, Part Two

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with part two of why first drafts sucks. This is something that I think all writers go through in every stage in the writing process. Writing first drafts are the norm when it comes to writing in general. I have heard many stories about authors who have written perfectly good first drafts when it comes to their work but the majority of the time, the first drafts…suck.

In order to back up my theory, I had wrote a post called ‘Why First Drafts Suck, Part One” which details the feedback I received from my professor in my Thesis Writing One class I am currently taking at Southern New Hampshire University. If you want to see the latest post, Click down on the link below for more information.

Why First Drafts Suck, Part One

Now, onto part two of this piece.

The following notes are based on the feedback my professor gave me when I sent the next 10,000 words of A Phiman’s Betrayal to her for the next round of critiques. Enjoy!

Hi Dominique!

So as I said in my announcement about this second go-round, I’m going to do my best to keep my comments this overview with none in the text. I am doing that because I don’t want to overwhelm you while you’re drafting, yet I want you to be thinking about things as you continue forward. I think that this (sort of lengthy) overview will be more useful to you as you go forward and then revise, plus you can see all my comments in one place

Plot: I was a little confused by the beginning with the games. The idea that Operation would help her in her medical field was honestly ridiculous. That really stopped me in my tracks. I can see it being fun, especially for medical students. But as a tool for learning—I just can’t believe it. That, and then later when Shawn decides that a) Jacob should apply for the internship b) that he’d actually get it, and c) that he’d get it that fast are all so improbable as to be ridiculous. There’s no good explanation for why Evita would be out and him in. He has absolutely no medical background or experience so unless they were bribed and they are all corrupt, she wouldn’t be out. And then, why her and not a different internship?

She says she’s late for her interview because she was out having fun. Really? Who would say that on such an important occasion? That’s just not believable. And she’s thinking of Liam instead of what’s going on. I was also wondering why, if she’s got the internship, she has to interview? Is it because it’s renewed and she has to interview each year? Once they put the money and effort into her, if she’s doing a great job as she is, then why would they drop her? It doesn’t make a lot of sense from a business perspective, or a medical one.  

They aren’t taking a lot about who or why someone would attack her and why she couldn’t read them. Nor is there much discussion of her mother’s murder or Jacob’s betrayal. She doesn’t seem to really feel anything. Even when she talks about the kiss, she doesn’t seem to feel much. It’s all told and and on the surface, rather than delving into emotion.

Chapter five doesn’t seem to be doing enough work for you in the book. It needs more conflict and tension to really grab the reader.

Characters

You give her a ticking clock, which is excellent. She has to transform soon. But there doesn’t seem to be follow through urgency. She sees Liam, then Wen, then has the phone call, then goes to class. The ticking clock and threat of her transformation goes away. Don’t let it. 

She and Wen need to dig deeper in their interaction. Once again, Wen feels betrayed, and she may decide to bring up Jacob and ask why Evita felt okay going after Liam when she has a fiance? And if she has a reason to know of the breakup (Shawn no doubt tells her, but she wouldn’t want Evita to know that), then she’d be all over Evita for doing to her what Jacob did to Evita. Evita wouldn’t have any defenses and would feel all that guilt and that would make her back off from Liam even more. 

Evita: As I said above, very little about her is revealed in terms of her inner world, her emotional journey, her conflicts, and so on. It’s mostly told. 

Jacob: I love that he’s suspicious of Shawn and following through on trying to find something out, but at the same time, he’s passive in a lot of ways and lets Shawn run over him a bit. He still doesn’t have much thought for Evita or what he did and it’s only been one day. He liked her and he should feel some kind of guilt and embarrassment. 

Why is he not more angry that Shawn shoves him in a direction he doesn’t want to go and doesn’t listen to him really? He needs to feel more obsessive of Shawn or have some believable reason for allowing it and doing what he has to do to keep Shawn. Or Shawn has to be more manipulative and controlling. 

His interaction with Evita just doesn’t ring true. They’ve only been broken up for a day. He cheated on her and she caught him. He acts high and might and she acts like she’s doing something wrong by confronting him. She needs more fire in this situation. 

Also Shawn says: “Getting into the medical field is way easier than selling real estate.” On what planet? That really doesn’t make any sense. 

I am not sure why Jacob’s psychic powers aren’t working, but it’s wonderful conflict that the don’t. He’s struggling. Does he worry they won’t come back? Or why they are gone? 

Liam: As I said before, his fixation on being the one to save Evita is obsessive and strange. Why does he need to be the only one? Why does he act as if she’s incapable or nobody else should be involved? It’s almost like he’s trying to isolate her, which comes off as more abusive than loving. You don’t want that. 

He starts to argue with himself about whether to get involved with another woman. That’s something to amplify and pull in earlier. 

Why doesn’t he challenge Wen on betraying their secret relationship? He really backs down from that. Jazu says that she’s telling everyone, so he’s got to distance himself and he’s got to be angry about it. He seems the type that would go on the attack when he’s cornered and Wen is trying to corner him. He’d really get cutting, is my bet, which would give her fuel to hurt him in revenge, not just Evita.

You repeat a lot that they are best friends. You don’t need to. Show it and the reader will get it.

Shawn: When he starts to think that Jacob is becoming a problem, he should be conflicted about his feelings and the great sex, v. Jacob interfering. He should be trying to decide what he has to do about Jacob. His solution may be to kill him, but you want to show that he could do that and that he’s dangerous and unpredictable. That makes him really interesting

Wen: I’m still not buying her total insta-hatred for Evita, and why, with Shawn apparently beating the crap out of her, she isn’t angry with him. She’s more angry with Evita and that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me within her character. 

There’s a lot of talk about Evita and Liam being best friends, but it doesn’t seem like it. Their interactions, their conversations, they don’t seem all that friendly. It seems kind of unfriendly a lot of the time and they don’t have interactions that seem to come from long familiarity and friendship. 

Worldbuilding: More concrete, specific detail about where they are and what the place is like is so needed to situate the reader. 

I can really see where  you’re going with this, but right now your characters are a bit on the shallow side and more feeling needs to come through. On top of that, some of your plot elements just don’t hold water and when a reader runs into something that just doesn’t make sense, they will often just stop reading, not to mention leave bad reviews. You want everything to make sense. Plot is a causal sequence of events. A happens because B happens, and B happens because C happens, and so on. There has to be a causal relationship that makes sense to the reader. 

Truth is no excuse for fiction. So things that happen in real life may be true, but a reader won’t accept them as fiction because they don’t make sense. And if they don’t make sense to the reader,  then you lose them. 

As always, if you’ve got questions or would like to discuss anything, let me know and we can set up a time to talk. 

Keep on Writing! You’re doing great.

Dominique Gibson

Dominique Gibson knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she sat down at her plastic table and wrote her first book out of sheer boredom at eight years old. Years later, she decided to go get her Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College Chicago. She is obtaining her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. When not writing, she is busy teaching two year olds at a daycare center in Skokie, IL. For more information, check out her website at https://dominiquegibsonauthor.com/2018/06/23/the-journey-begins/ for more information.

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