Helix Review

Authors using the Helix Review: Gary Briley

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 11.00.43 AMAs a part of our ongoing series looking at self-published writers who have used Helix Review, we interviewed Lulu author Gary Briley, who wrote the mystery novel: Stalemate. Helix, powered by The Book Genome project, allows authors to upload a manuscript and receive an incredibly in depth analysis of the book.

Tell us a bit about Stalemate:
After artist Julia Storey is murdered by a hit and run, her journals reveal a secret life that her husband Nick realizes puts him, his son, sister and parents—away on one of their “trips to nowhere”—in the crosshairs of a vicious killer.  Police Detective Sam Oliphant focuses on Nick as the prime suspect. Nick pairs up with Oliphant’s reluctant partner, Olivia Barton, Nick’s first love, to rescue his parents, now held hostage by cohorts of Lupo, an organized crime boss. Their search leads them through a maze of betrayal and murder, and ultimately to revelations that rattle through the Storey family and their construction business.

How would you describe your writing style:

I like to present characters that are real, but not perfect, and involve them in authentic life situations, challenges they struggle to overcome; characters that the reader can identify with through their interactions and dialogue. I like to create a story with intrigue, and suspense that could happen to any of us.

Why did you decide to try Helix:

To compare my story and its development with others.

What were you able to learn from the Helix Review:

That my book falls well within the parameters of the genre, that my dialogue is probably better than most.

How do you plan to use the Helix information:

To achieve a better story structure.

What would you tell someone considering trying Helix:

It is well worth the money to see how your story compares to best sellers, and what is special about your book.

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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.

Authors using the Helix Review: Brett Russell Andrews

Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 10.56.00 AMBrett Russell Andrews, author of Teaching Abroad: The People’s Republic of China is next up in our Helix Review series.

Tell us a bit about your book:

This is a collector’s book which chronicles cross-cultural exchanges and teaching experiences at secondary and post-secondary schools in China. The memoir includes a profile, three central essays, photos, mementos, syllabus, assessments, movies in review and municipality “model worker” honor.

How would you describe your writing style?

My writing style is specific to painting a clear picture in the minds of readers with words. My approach is to take any reader with me on a literal academic odyssey. I often question myself on whether or not the information I offer is not only helpful, but ultimately useful.

Why did you decide to submit your book for a Helix Review?

I used the review to gain an objective perspective about my book.

What did you learn from the Helix Review?

I learned the weak points and the strong points of my book and was shown what I needed to see to make a decision on future works.

How are you going to use what you learned?

In regards to the data, my word length, sentence length and paragraph length were comparable genome plus biography and autobiography averages. My use of unique vocabulary was in fact above par in respect to each. This spoke well to the overall density of my book. Sometimes less is more. My writing style averages including motion, density, dialog, description and pacing were collectively balanced…I was very satisfied with results of my book’s Story DNA. It was right in line with my initial intentions.

What would you tell someone considering trying Helix?

There is no better feeling than looking into your minds mirror and liking what you see.

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.

Authors using Helix Review: Shontaine

For the next installment of our series on the Helix Review, we spoke to Shontaine, author of Married to Madness.

Tell us a bit about your book:

The book tells the volatile story of the marriage of eccentric Brandon and her charmingly domineering husband, Zack Cerasani. The adoration they share hasn’t gone much unappreciated by either in over a decade. They raise their children and love philanthropy work in unison and with great pride. There’s also the occasional moonlighting as vigilante killers that they do behind each others backs as well.

How would you describe your writing style?

I write in an offbeat, quirky, and “urban” voice. I take on writing like a good man, I ride until the wheels fall off.

Why did you decide to submit “Married to Madness” for a Helix Review?

It seemed interesting to get a general, in depth analysis of my book.

What did you learn from the review?

The review confirmed that I had an interesting story that was a simple enough to understand and follow through on.

What would you tell someone considering trying Helix?

It’s actually very informative and useful. My comparison was fairly accurate overall.

For more information about John Locke and “Stuff I’ve Written So Far,” please visit:

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.

Authors using Helix Review: Laird David Elsworth Mason

Screen Shot 2013-09-24 at 2.02.28 PMLaird David Elsworth Mason, author of My McCurdy Family and Collateral Lines Including Native American and Some Royal Family is next up in our Helix Review series. Mason has painstakingly
researched generations of family history to expose unique connections to Ancient Royalty and Native American relatives.

Tell us a bit about your book:

The book is a generation to generation accounting of individual persons who were the ancestors of the McCurdy Family starting with the author’s mother, Dorothy Lenore McCurdy.

How would you describe your approach?

My approach was to add all the family data possible so that I could assemble the correct ancestral line for this reader’s family. I have assembled the most accurate listing of data to date or ever will be…there is no smoke or mirrors here, just pure DATA. This book contains at least 98% more data than any other book of this type has ever had.

Why did you decide to submit your book for a Helix Review?

I wanted to see if I had accomplished what I set out to do.

What did you learn from the Helix Review?

I learned the weak points and the strong points of my book and was shown what I needed to see to make a decision on future works.

How are you going to use what you learned?

I will use this tool with my next book to help me build a better story line.

What would you tell someone considering trying Helix?

A small investment will help you produce a better product for the market place.

For more information, please visit:

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.

Authors using Helix Review: Teresa Meola Vincent

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 5.17.36 PMTeresa Meola Vincent, author of Running Blind, a gritty psychological novel about addiction, is latest addition to our Helix Review series.  Vincent used personal experiences growing up in New Jersey as the basis for the book and as a focused author, well versed in grammar and structure, she wanted to gain further insight into her own writing style.

Tell us a bit about your book:

Running Blind deals with issues surrounding long-term addiction and too much hard partying. The book follows a group of friends growing up in New Jersey’s bustling northeast corridor, from their wild teen years into their disillusioned and shattered adult lives.

How would you describe your writing style?

I write about my home state of New Jersey, which is so much a part of me. My characters are tough, troubled, addicted, sexually hardened, psychologically damaged. All of that being said, I am a seasoned editor and a very careful writer, making sure my work is structurally and grammatically sound. Everything must fit together perfectly, including complex timelines. Factual details must be researched, because I value my credibility. I use a great deal of regional slang in my dialogue, but as they say, you have to know the rules in order to break them.

Why did you decide to submit “Running Blind” for a Helix Review?

I was intrigued by the concept, and I wasn’t disappointed. The Helix Review is the first really good example of Artificial Intelligence that I have seen in my own life. When I was a young copy editor at a technology magazine, all the talk was about Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) that would be coming in the future. Well, the future is here. The Helix Review objectively analyzes the elements of a book, and it’s amazingly accurate.

What did you learn from the Helix Review?

The Helix found my book to be similar to such books as Go Ask Alice, Leaving Dirty Jersey, Candy: A Novel Of Love And Addiction, and Long Past Stopping. All these books deal with the subject of addiction, which sounds right. The Helix somehow knew what my book was about…Another interesting feature of the Helix Review was the “keywords” feature, which gave me a list of words unique to my particular writing style.

How are you going to use what you learned?

I will incorporate what I learned into my marketing strategy.

What would you tell someone considering trying Helix?

Any writer would benefit from the Helix Review, and they should definitely try it. The Helix Review is an impressive tool. If a machine can read my mind, I want an electronic therapist who can listen to my problems at four in the morning.

For more information about John Locke and “Stuff I’ve Written So Far,” please visit:

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.

Authors using Helix Review: Abdul Karim Musaliar

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 3.43.54 PMAbdul Karim Musaliar, author of the crime novel, “The Transgressions of Achan Kunju” recently used the Helix Review to gain further insight into his particular writing style and how his book compared to others within his selected genre.  Here is what he had to say about using the Helix Review:

Tell us a bit about your book:

The book is about the son of a priest who is born in India but then goes to Provo, Utah to join a sect. He is transformed as orator. The sect makes him a preacher and sends him to his native land.  There he marries and has two daughters and that’s where the story takes a drastic turn involving adultery, the mafia, and many other criminal transgressions.

How would you describe the writing style of the book?

The narrative style I have is used is autobiographical with the protagonist bring a former classmate of mine. The narration is interspersed with autobiographical sketches.

Why did you decide to submit your book for the Helix Review?

I needed to know the quality of my writing.

How are you going to use what you learned?

Now that I know something about motion, density, dialog, description, and pacing, I can incorporate the same in my writing.

What would you tell someone considering trying Helix?

It has opened my eyes on my weaknesses. I would certainly recommend it to potential writers.

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.

Authors using Helix Review: John Locke

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 3.19.58 PMFor the next installment of our series on the Helix Review, we recently spoke to John Locke, author of “Stuff I’ve Written So Far,” about his experiences with the Helix Review. “Stuff I’ve Written So Far” is a compilation of various works, including essays from his first semester as a doctoral student. John Locke covers a variety of topics, but, throughout the book, there is a common thread – economic and social justice.

Tell us a bit about your book:

“Stuff I’ve Written So Far” is a collection of essays on topics of political revolutions and US intervention in world affairs.

How would you describe your writing style?

My writing style is mostly scholarly, however I can’t resist interjecting a bit of irony and sardonicism from time to time.

Why did you decide to submit “Stuff I’ve Written So Far” for a Helix Review?

I wanted to see how my book measured up to others in the genre.

How are you going to use what you learned?

I am encouraged. By comparing my book to another text that I have a great deal of respect for, and receiving a favorable review, I can proceed with confidence as I work on my next book.

What would you tell someone considering trying Helix?

It’s worth a try.

For more information about John Locke and “Stuff I’ve Written So Far,” please visit:

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.