Month: October 2014

Spotlight Blog Tour: The Traveller by Garrett Addison

Today I welcome Garrett Addison, author of The Traveller, as host to the Rave Review Book Club Spotlight Blog Tour. Garrett has received great support in the spotlight so check out the club and see what they can do for you and tell them I sent you. With that note, take it away, Garrett!

A main character to love hate.

As an Indie author I figure there’s almost an expectation that I’ll be brave enough to try something different in my writing.  Perhaps I’ve got it wrong, sure, but I’m inclined to think that you’re way more likely to discover something different with the works of Indie authors than those of traditionally published authors.  That said, regardless of whether the writing is ‘different’, it still needs to ‘work’.

Book CoverExpectations aside, I really wanted to try something when I wrote ‘The Traveller’.  It occurred to me that the exploits of my nice guy family man taking a walk on the wide side wouldn’t endear him to many readers.  The obvious thing for me as the author would have been to soften his actions a little or add something else to make him more likeable.  It’s probably amongst the many must-do’s of ‘Writing 101’: your readers need to ‘love’ your characters.  Purists will argue that ‘love’ is a bit of a stretch, and it’s probably closer to ‘care’ or ‘empathise’ but anyway.

I thought about it, a lot.  Why can’t I have a really unlikeable hero? What if my ‘good guy’ was a complete bastard?  Could I make readers want to turn the page?  That was a challenge too delicious to ignore, so I got brave.  I wrote my main character to be an angry, arrogant, philandering, vengeful, self-absorbed guy, devoid of anything likeable.  He’s not really an anti-hero … he’s just a bastard.  Then I got even braver and told my story in the first person.  Readers: welcome to the world of a bastard.

Have you ever driven past a vehicle accident and you just couldn’t help yourself from looking?  That’s how I liken my un-named main character in ‘The Traveller’; he’s a veritable ‘car wreck’.  Told in the first person, it feels like a personal account and the reader has little choice but to come along for the ride inside the head of ‘The Traveller’ as he takes his walk on the dark side.   Sure I’m biased, but I feel vindicated for my little piece of literary bravery.

I’m a huge fan of Indie fiction because I like to read different kinds of books.  I don’t want to read the same stories, clichéd characters and copycat plots, and I think Indie authors are just brave enough to try something which might set their writing apart and get the world start to talk about their book.  Of course, those ‘big swings’ don’t always work … but then, Indies have nothing to lose!


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Thank you, Garrett, for sharing your book on Archer’s Aim and to Rave Reviews Book Club for the opportunity to host the Spotlight Blog Tour today. I will be hosting more in the near future so stop by anytime for updates and posts.

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Applying Information Theory to RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’s Phenomenal Success (And Why You Should Join!)

A well-written blog sharing experiences with Rave Reviews Book Club & its support of authors. Re-blogging on Archer’s Aim!

Blog of Author Danica Cornell

By Danica Cornell

The early part of the 21st century has been hailed as the Information Age—and with good reason.  The advent of high speed Internet access has enabled us to live in a time when information, learning, and the acquisition of new skills are readily available to billions worldwide.  And with so many tapping into this wellspring of data and knowledge, it’s not an overstatement to say this disruptive technology has had transformative socioeconomic impacts globally—the likes of which haven’t been seen since the industrial revolution.

As a science fiction writer, UFO researcher, futurist, and nanotechnology business owner, I end up spending a considerable amount of time on the Internet.  I’m talking, a lot.  So it’s not surprising it was through some research I conducted a few months ago, that I was able to make the connection between information theory and RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (RRBC). 


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Blog Recruiting Day

Excellent comments about what Rave Reviews Book Club can do for authors. Re-blogging on Archer’s Aim.

Entertaining Stories

Let’s talk a little bit about The Rave Reviews Book Club. I posted last Spring about my idea of joining a book club. I struggled with the idea, and then they had a sale. ($$$) The rest is history.

This club allows me to post three of my books on their website. This website is becoming a beacon for readers. It’s broken down into nice neat categories for searching ease. Searching on Amazon today feels a lot like the old pick a card trick. When you pick a category, Amazon pushes the biggest selling books at you first. A lot of fine fiction goes unnoticed.

RRBC doesn’t do that. You get a cover image, a blurb, and access to honest reviews on their website. The pool is smaller too, so my books are likely to gain more attention. (Hint: search in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal. It’s all one category…

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