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Believe me, book reviews are important
Books need reviews and not just because good reviews boost the author's ego (which really does) but because reviews are an essential part of book marketing.
Without reviews a book gets lost in the thousands of other books released every month.
With lots of reviews the books can stay in the spotlight and readers can find them.
Reviews on Amazon can be up-voted and down-voted by just clicking a button. At the bottom of all reviews, you will see “Was the review helpful to you?” and yes/no buttons.
If you like a book, but you don’t want to write a review, then you can up-vote positive reviews that you agree with. This gives these reviews more presence and makes them “worth” more to the Amazon algorithm.
Likewise, if someone has left a bad review on a book you like, you can down-vote that review so it doesn’t have as much of an impact.
Would you like to help to keep my books in the spotlight?
Click on my books below. If you like any of my books and buy-read-review them, it would be fantastic!
If you're not interested in the genres I write, you can still help by upvoting the reviews you like.
Thank you so much for your help!
Epic fantasy English & Spanish
Romantic suspense - health related books
Children's book for ages 2-17
Grammar mistakes and spelling errors
Pointing out other people's grammar mistakes and spelling errors has turned into a favorite internet pastime.
From blog posts to emails, news articles and tweets, if there's an error in there, someone's going to comment on it.
Can you blame people to feel a certain sense of pride when they find a typo or spelling error? Honestly? It does make me feel good when I spot spelling errors or typos in famous, bestselling books.
But here's the thing: grammatical errors don't necessarily mean the author of the post, article, or book didn't know better. I constantly make a mistake writing "taht" instead of "that" especially when I'm texting.
The fact is that our brains are wired in a way that makes us all susceptible to grammar slip-ups.
Just think about it for a second. Even the fiercest Grammar Police person and the bestest editor makes mistakes, I've seen it many time.
Common grammatical errors such a "their" instead of "there" or "your" instead of "you're" and so on doesn't always happen because people don't know which word is correct (well, some people don't but most of us do). It happens because we focus on the content more than on the correct spelling of each and every word.
Did this make you feel better? Good!
Now spot the mistake in this GIF and comment on my post.
Storybook for children 4-12
A little girl teaches her family and her friends how to relate to someone who is hearing impaired.
When Grandma Rosa lost her hearing, Sandra and her parents became frustrated and sad. They didn’t know what to do and how to learn to communicate better with Grandma Rosa.
They tried shouting, changing the tone of their voices or leaning closer to her ear when they talked, to no avail. Rosa could hear some sounds clearly, but certain sounds she couldn’t hear well.
It became an everyday struggle for the family, and they missed the comforting family conversations at dinner time.
Sandra finds a website for hearing impaired people that explains how deaf people communicate. They start learning sign language and to “talk” with their fingers. Sandra and Grandma Rosa find realize that with compassion, love, and hard work, they can overcome the obstacles of disability.
English & Spanish
The antagonist that drives the story forward
When authors promote their books, they usually introduce the protagonists (the good guys) in their book descriptions or excerpts.
But without well-written antagonists the the stories would be flat and the protagonists have nothing to fight against.
The antagonists (the bad guys) in books, the ones we love to hate, drive the plot by setting up conflicts, obstacles, and challenges for the protagonist.
Antagonists are present in any genre books.
GBBPub published a magazine that introduces the antagonists in various genre books.
read about my "bad guys" in the magazine:
Antagonists in my books
I coauthored this fun, Golden Book Award Winner heroic fantasy for children 8-17
book with Joe Bonadonna.
The evil characters of the story
Bookmark this PAGE and read about them in the upcoming magazine,
or click on the links and read free pages form the book:
My epic fantasy series
Bookmark this PAGE and read about her in the upcoming magazine
Travel with Ilona from the time her people were nomads, to the castles of the 14th century, to present day, as she struggles to overcome the obstacles placed in her path.
“This is so different from the usual fare churned out by ordinary writers.” -Valerie Byron
“The characters felt real, and the secrets are alluring. You will get hooked in right away.” -Brenda Barry
“Szabo introduces readers to a fascinating world of ancient rights conducted by a secret order.” -J.E. Rogers
Erika M Szabo
Author of urban fantasy, magical realism novels and children's books,
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