I asked Raechel: What piece of advice would you offer authors who are just starting out?
R: Focus on God and what He’s guiding you to write – critiques and reviews are definitely important, but God’s heart in a story is the most important thing, I believe!
D: Free books are a great reason to start blogging, but writing reviews is not for everyone! I’m all for simple reviews, but some of you bloggers are incredible! What’s the most difficult part of the ‘the job’?
R: Hmmm…probably having to have reviews posted on time. There are some publishers that require you to have a book read and reviewed on a certain date, and that can be hard when life intervenes. Usually the required date is far enough out that it doesn’t cause too much of a problem, but still, it can be difficult. And I have an immensely hard time when I have to review a book I didn’t necessarily care for. It’s rare, but it happens, and I hate to give a ‘bad review’, so I try to be as gentle as I can, always. I know how much work an author puts into their stories!
Follow Raechel on Twitter: @Raechel_95
My full interview with Raechel (includes knife throwing!) is at Inkwell Inspirations blog