In Light of my Last post
In Light of my last post, the one about the Christians Fiction Reader’s Retreat in Nashville in August 2016, I am attempting to cut down on my exclamation marks (!)
For those south of the border, I am referring to an ‘exclamation point’ and so I looked up the definition of said punctuation:
I am so confused. It says nothing about squeals of delight, or gushing or fangirling. This can’t be right? To quote a fellow writer/coffee drinker Mikal Hermanns, “I die!” (Used with Permission) And by the way, Mikal has been known to use 28 exclamation points (I counted them) in. a. row—a girl after my own heart.
I am told (by those in the know) that an exclamation mark means you are shouting. That is certainly not my intention, I don’t mean to sound like big old ugly shouting or yelling. When you are excited, you do tend to squeal, but apparently I do that too much on the page, and as a result I am currently enrolled in Exclamations Anonymous* not so anonymously, since you all know about it now.
I don’t quite know how I am going to do it, but I will try! (oops, sorry, This is going to be hard! I got this).
It was not until I started reviewing books for other authors a few years ago that I came to know the value of reviews as a reader. I read more books by word-of-mouth reviews than I do from any other source. Recommendations from my reading and reviewing buddies really do prompt me to buy-with-one-click more often than I would like to admit. Reviews help get books in front of readers. And I admit it, my reviews may sometimes contain much excitement and use of exclamation marks.
Then there is the issue about back cover blurbs. I don’t read them. Ever. Okay, well maybe I read one or two—by mistake, and usually only after the book was read. I know they are an integral part of a book’s anatomy, but I like surprises and I know I am not the only one to not read back covers. Two of my closest reviewer friends concur with me. (You know who you are girls!, er I mean .)
As one of the authors of As the Ink Flows:Devotions to Inspire Christian Writers & Speakers (released April 1, 2016) we have felt so much love from our reviewers.
Now as an author myself, I can’t tell you the thrill I get from hearing that someone read our book, let alone LOVED it. And here I am, brimming with such gratitude for these reviewers and I can’t even use an exclamation point. All I can say is that from the bottom of my heart I am so happy to not only have reviews, (and good ones too) but have made some special friends too.
Want to hear what the book reviewers are saying?
Eli had some good practical advice on how to make the most of each devotion: Eli’s Novel Reviews
Reading is My Super Power, or as I know her, MeezCarrie shared about which of the 90 devotions spoke to her the most.
If you love reading, and you love exclamation marks/points, these girls are phenomenal (If I could use an exclamation point, I ‘d use it here, and here, and here).
*this is not really a thing, but I am thinking of starting it, who is with me?
MELONY TEAGUE, a freelance writer who contributes columns and articles for local media, also handles communications and public relations for two missions organizations in Canada. Co-author of As the Ink Flows: Devotions to Inspire Christian Writers & Speakers
She is the biographer for the 2014 – 2016 Portraits of Giving