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Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

We’re Still Looking For Advance Reviews

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As you all know, my wife (known to you all as the bestselling, award-winning, critically-acclaimed author Desirée Lee) and I have a new book coming out before too long. We’ve coauthored it; it’s been a work in progress for a while, but is nearly ready. The book is titled “Hidden Tribe”. It deals with sasquatch, and is told from the point of view of two sasquatch; a mated pair.

However, before “Hidden Tribe” is released, we’re trying to gather a few advance reviews from researchers, and experts on the subject matter of sasquatch. If you are a researcher, or expert on the topic, and would like the chance to do an advance review of “Hidden Tribe”, please get in touch with Umbral Press. A PDF of the manuscript can be sent out for review very easily.

“Hidden Tribe”

Sasquatch—they live peacefully in the forests, and woodlands. They want little, or nothing, to do with humans, and our civilization. As a whole, sasquatch are tranquil, quiet beings who live harmoniously with nature, and avoid us.
 
But what happens when humans refuse to return the favor?
 
Researcher Alexia Hollander is about to find out. When she ventures into the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, seeking evidence of the elusive species, things quickly get out of hand. Another researcher deliberately gets in Alexia’s way. Campers, and hunters bumble in, adding their own disruptive presence to the quiet work that Alexia wants to perform.
 
With their home territory invaded by humans, a mated pair of sasquatch keep the intruders under close surveillance. They aren’t happy about the presence of the trespassers, and want them gone. Just how far will these normally restrained beings go to protect their family, and themselves? Alexia, and her unwanted companions are about to find out!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Researcher Reviews Requested

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Please forgive the alliteration of the title of this post. I just couldn’t help myself.

A few times here before I’ve made mention of the new book that my wife Desirée Lee, and myself are working on. The project I’m referring to is the still as yet untitled sasquatch novel. As a progress report, I’d like to let you all know that we’re over 58,000 words into the current draft. Anyway, we would like to include reviews of the book by sasquatch field researchers, and/or groups. Either whole reviews, or small snippets from those reviews.

If you are a sasquatch researcher, if you’d be willing to read a digital copy of the book’s manuscript before it’s published, and if you’d be willing to give us permission to use any or all of your review in the book (or on the book cover), and allow the publisher to use said material for promo purposes, then we want to hear from you. Please get in touch with me me via the “Contact” page on my website. The more responses we get to this, the better. So, please share this around as much as you can. The more visible this post becomes, the more potential sasquatch researchers that are likely to see it.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Authors & Reviews

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With the advent of on-line publishing, more and more people are turning out more and more literature. Some of it is quite good. Some of it is quite bad. More and more people are self-publishing. Self-publishing is not, in and of itself, a bad thing. I used the self-publishing company Lulu for my first three novels – “Winter’s Rite“, “Well Wishes“, and “Gauntlet“. Those books are still available on the site in paperback, and e-book editions. I’ve learned a huge amount about writing, editing, and publishing since writing those books. I’m sure anyone who has read them, and read my more recent work will see that. Writing is an ongoing learning process. But, that’s a post for another time. For this post I want to focus, briefly, on book reviews.

Given the rate at which new material is now being published, many people find it overwhelming. They turn to book reviews to tell them what to read. And what not to read. On a professional level, as a bestselling, award-winning author, I fully understand the need for book reviews in today’s market. They can be a powerful tool for book sales.

On the other hand, they can be just as powerful of a tool for damaging an author’s career in the wrong hands. Many authors are experiencing this. Someone has a personal grudge against them. What do they do? They leave horrid, scathing reviews of that author’s work anywhere they can. People see those reviews, and shy away from that author’s work due to them.

Another problem is people who are simply bad reviewers. I’ve run into this personally several times. People review a book, then leave poorly-written reviews, rife with spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors as reviews. A lot of people equate these poorly-written reviews directly with the author. They think that if the person who left the review writes so badly, then so must the author. And they shy away from the author’s work. Then there are also the book reviewers who will argue with other reviewers in their review of a book. That’s one of the most unprofessional things a reviewer can do. But it happens all the time. Again, I’ve seen it in reviews of my own work. Here again, even if the reviewer is leaving a good review, such unprofessionalism can actually hurt the author’s sales. Potential readers see reviews like that, and equate that unprofessionalism with the author, despite the author having had nothing at all to do with the review.

What it comes down to is that readers need to decide for themselves what to read. Please don’t let book reviews make the choice for you. If you’re curious about a book, please read it. It doesn’t matter if someone who reviewed the book didn’t like it, or why. You might love that book. Not everyone likes the same thing. Maybe the person who wrote the bad review simply didn’t like that type of book. If that’s the case, they should’ve have read and reviewed it to begin with. But they did. Again, that’s another ongoing problem with book reviewers. Make your own choices. Read what you want to read, no matter what other people are saying about a given book. You’ll be helping yourself, and you’ll be helping the author of that book.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Man of Steel” Review—”Nuclear Winter Entertainment”

The day before the public release of “Man of Steel”, the latest Superman movie, Desirée and I were to attend an advance release screening for the film. Our review is now on-line as part of our writings for “Nuclear Winter Entertainment”. It can be found at http://nuclearwinterent.com/nw/2013/06/15/man-of-steel/

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Theater Etiquette

Desirée Lee and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend a pre-screening of the new Superman movie, “Man of Steel”, yesterday evening. While Desirée has been able to see several films in theaters before those movies were open to the general public, “Man of Steel” was my first time for that. While we both wanted to see the film, the real reason we were there was work. Both Desirée and myself are writers for the website “Nuclear Winter Entertainment”. We attended the advance showing of “Man of Steel” in order to have a review on the Nuclear Winter website today—the day of the film’s general release. I’ll be posting a blog announcing when the review is up. It has been written and submitted to Nuclear Winter for review. Much as I truly loved “Man of Steel”, the entire theater experience would have been so much better if the people around us would have been more courteous.

Several people whipped out cell phones around us, and started texting a few times. Older children and young teens kept getting up, walking out, and coming back in with fresh drinks and popcorn—the same few over and over and over and over and over—walking directly in front of us, blocking the screen. These same children had taken seats a few rows away from their parents, and kept getting up even more to go back and talk to them.

Another issue was with the smaller children. Yes, “Man of Steel” is a Superman film. It’s also rated PG-13, and for good reason. Read the review of the film that Desirée and I wrote for more on that. Parts of the film caused Desirée to tear up a bit. One part of the film was so intense and dramatic that I simply went into shock and cried a little. Again, the film is PG-13 for a reason! That rating means a film isn’t suitable for small children. Young children shouldn’t be in the theater for a PG-13 film. Know what happens? The same thing that happened during “Man of Steel” last night—the young children are overwhelmed by what they’re seeing on screen. They freak out. They cry. They shriek. They disturb everyone around them who is trying to enjoy the movie.

Please pay attention to theater etiquette when you go to a movie:

-Keep you cell phone OFF.

-Don’t talk.

-Be in your seat BEFORE the movie starts.

-Once the film has started, STAY IN YOUR SEAT until the film has ended if that’s at all possible.

-Don’t take children to films with ratings inappropriate to their ages.

All of these bits of etiquette were violated numerous times during “Man of Steel” last night. This is why I’m not often to be found in the theater for a film. Please use some common sense, and allow everyone else around you to enjoy the movie.

Thank you.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Tag List

Since changing the look of my blog, the list of tags forces readers to do quite a bit of scrolling from one post to the next. Is this a problem? Or does everyone like this new blog design? Please let me know.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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