Monday, September 7, 2015

Fern Gully- Jamaica

I recently drove to Ocho Rios Jamaica and I wanted to share some pictures from that trip.


Fern Gully 

A former river bed which has been converted to a road. it is approximately three miles long and there is said to be about 600 various types of magnificent ferns and hardwood trees in the valley. The trees creates a canopy that creates a cool and magical atmosphere as you drive through on your way to Ocho Rios.


Fern Gully, St. Ann

Fern Gully, St. Ann
 Along the road way in Fern Gully there are a number of craft vendors that you can stop and shop with. Here are some of their wares:


Craft Items


Fern Gully Craft Vendors
Handmade Craft Items


Towels of all Designs in Fern Gully

Craft Shop on the Road Side, Fern Gully

Cute Dress



Wednesday, September 2, 2015

How to Review a Poorly Written Book

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You are excited because you have just received your first book to review. You quickly start reading the book with bated breath because you can barely contain your excited. Ten pages into the book you find that you are struggling to move on to the next page. With each page you become more disappointed with the writer's craft. You shake your head at the poorly written plot and the conflict that you are waiting to see develop but seems nonexistent.  Finally, at page 100 you give up. You just cannot keep going. You have 100 pages left and it is too painful to continue reading. Then, you remember that you have a write a review on the book. 


What then? 

How do you review a book that is poorly written? 

That is a dilemma that a number of bloggers face. Today I want to address that issue. Here are some tips on how to review a poorly written book:

 

Your Audience

 Always remember that your loyalty is to your audience; it is not any company, author, friend, etc. Bloggers tend to develop a relationship with their core followers; while your core followers depend on your honest points of view on the products, services that you review on your blog. So, your loyalty is to your audience. You must always remember that you should always the true to your readers.

Integrity

In business and in blogging integrity is everything. It is important that you state before accepting any product (book) or service to review that you will give your honest opinion (no matter what). By doing this, you are making it known that you will not write a great review of a book that is sub-standard because you are being paid or you are requested to do so.

Decline

After reading the book you can decline to review it. This is easier if the book was given to you by the author.  You should contact the author and explain your experience and decline to write the review or explain the type of review that you plan to write. I find that the author will understand because he/she does not want a bad review to be published.

Be Unbiased

 You can also publish the review with your honest opinion. You can state to your readers that although this is your experience it might not be the same for them. If the book is from an author they are familiar with you can suggests that they can read the book and share their own experiences. 





 
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