Authors Rating Their Own Books Five Stars? How Tacky!

August 27, 2016 - Leave a Response

I read with great interest what was essentially a note to all authors who self-rate their books five stars.

That’s just so … just so … *tacky*.

Further, star-abuse is hands-down attributable to the fact that we authors as a lot must be inappropriate, ego-puffed cheaters with an aim to game the system.

(As if one review can even make a dent, for argument’s sake?)

Hello, my name is Emily Murdoch and I’m a self-rated five-star giver.
And I’m downright incorrigible.

Because, truth is, if we couldn’t rate our own book five stars, you’d be the ones we’d be cheating.

Chances are, those self-rated five-star books exist due to great and tedious artistic commitment and sacrifice; of time, money, fun, weekends, holidays, time with loved ones, friends and family, for salaries mostly impossible to live on, so most authors have more than one job.

Because writing is a job. We may love it; it may be a blessing and a gift, a way to share ideas to touch or entertain or enlighten or better the world, better ourselves, and for the sheer joy of it, yes.

But it’s work. Much work. Even if it’s work we love.

And so I give my own books five stars in celebration, in excitement to share the words, to help bring light or a lean or some kindness, goodness, compassion and understanding back into this tough world.

That there are readers or reviewers with the sole intent of one-starring self-rated five-star authors due to a personal hypothesis, without facts, is actually sad.

Sad to see the world of writing that way.

I woke up this morning slumped over in the faux-suede recliner with my laptop open on my lap, having fallen asleep over my current manuscript.

The writing time I could take was late night, so I took it.

Just as I will again, tonight.

My name is Emily Murdoch, and I am a self-rated five star author.

May everything you love and create be worthy of your own five stars.

#amwriting #amrevising #sleepingcountswinks #YAsaves

So much IF YOU FIND ME News Plus Video!

October 13, 2015 - Leave a Response

Hi, everyone!

It’s been quite a busy year as an author, but packed with absolutely lovely surprises for this lucky little book of mine.

Some of the news I can share: two new sales to Brazil and Turkey, along with the novel’s nomination/shortlisting for both the German Buxtehuder Bulle Award and the German Children’s Literature Prize, the latter to be announced on Friday, October 16th, at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Other news that has me bursting at the seams will have to keep, but as soon as I can share, I will.

That said, I had a great time answering questions posed by my Brazilian readers, book bloggers and reviewers about IF YOU FIND ME.

Obrigada, Brazil!

Part One: 

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=530547910428823&id=419365668213715

Part Two:

https://www.facebook.com/AgirNow/posts/532371070246507

Agir Now even made the novel a playlist! (Number 9 has always been Carey’s anthem, very cool!)

http://www.agirnow.com.br/blog/2015/09/playlist-de-no-coracao-da-floresta/

I hope everyone is safe and well, and I wish you and yours a joy-filled and *glorious* Holiday Season! 
   

   

Have A Question? Bring It On!

May 19, 2015 - Leave a Response

“Emily Murdoch, author of the achingly beautiful IF YOU FIND ME, joins me this Thursday for a Q&A and giveaway…”

http://t.co/WBhHyQo2cz

Thank you, C J Redwine (who happens to be one of my favorite authors).

Hope to see you there!

IF YOU FIND ME nominated for the Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award!

May 1, 2015 - 2 Responses

So grateful and so proud to be nominated and on the master list.

Thank you Connecticut readers, teens and librarians! It’s an honor, truly.

http://www.nutmegaward.org/print/2016/HIghSchool2016Color2.pdf

If You Find Me Nominated For The Green Mountain Book Award!

April 3, 2015 - 4 Responses

Thank you, Green Mountain Book Award Committee and the Vermont librarians and teen readers!

It’s an honor, truly.

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