By Jennifer Luing-Schafer
Published by
March (?) 2008

For about $600 and a little time anyone can publish a manuscript and receive a set of books featuring a genuine ISBN. For some people this is a great opportunity to do a small printing for family and friends. It also allows an author to skip the publishing world drama and try for success outside of the mainstream book distributors.

When it comes to Messages however, I wonder if the world of self-publishing shouldn’t have a gate-keeper. I’m not suggesting anything too severe, perhaps an editor to make sure the first sentence is grammatically correct before bestowing “book-ship” upon a piece of work.

Messages is a story of two teenage girls who come across a Ouija board and become involved with an evil spirit. The rest is a jumble of poor grammar with an incoherent storyline. It’s told as if a child was asked to describe her worst nightmares and then the book was translated from some foreign language. I feel sorry for the English teachers the author thanks in the dedication.

I rarely write negative reviews, but the story didn’t scare me nearly as much as the writing. This book is a warning to would-be authors: be careful what you publish. Someone might read it.

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2 Responses to Messages

  1. Anonymous says:

    I don’t think that it is the author’s fault about the mistakes in the book. It is the editor that was assigned to the book. People who self publish are taking a huge risk and should be commended in some way on having the guts to do so. Stephen King was booed several times too-now look at him. No, this author may not be a best seller-but she is trying. I met her at a book signing-she is really excited and passionate about her work.

  2. Anonymous says:

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