For the next installment of our series on the Helix Review, we spoke with Jack Gunthridge, author of the romance novel “Broken Hearts Damaged Goods,” about his experiences with the Helix Review.
Tell us a bit about your book:
When Jack and Liselle find themselves having been cheated on, they decide to use each other to get over the heartache. They would be each others rebound so that nobody else would get hurt.
How would you describe your writing style?
My writing style is very natural and conversational. I want the readers to feel the experiences of the people in the book. With a romance, I want the women to identify with the female lead and to fall in love with the male lead.
Why did you decide to submit your book for a Helix Review?
Since I am a male author writing romance novels, I wanted to see how I compared to the more traditionally published female authors. I wanted to see how I was similar and how I could set myself apart.
What did you learn from Helix?
The Helix Review allowed me to see the normal range of the pacing of the genre I am working in. Given this information, I can better determine if I am on track with other authors, or if I might want to increase my pacing.
How are you going to use what you learned?
I plan on looking at my books more and dissecting it differently than I would with normal editing where I look at spelling, grammar, punctuation, and making sure the ideas are presented clearly. I can now look at making my works fit more into the genre. I can also balance this with what makes me unique as a writer.
What would you tell someone considering trying Helix?
It is definitely worth the money. It lets you know where you are as an author. Are your sentences too long? Are they too short? Where do you fit in with other authors? How are you different? It helped to answer a lot of these questions.
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About the Helix Review:
Back in May we launched an experimental new offering called Helix, and dubbed it The Personality Test for Your Book. Helix is powered by The Book Genome Project, a massive database of over 100,000 of the world’s best-known books. And basically, it gives you a way to upload your manuscript and get back an incredibly rich and unbiased perspective on your book.
Lulu authors are currently using Helix to gain a better understanding of their book for marketing purposes, and in some cases to gain insight into their writing style. For the first time, we’ve caught up with some of the earliest Helix Review customers to hear more about their book and writing style and what they hoped to learn from Helix.
If you are an author that has used Helix and would like to be featured in the future, please tell us about your experience here.