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Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2019
When I first saw this book, I had high hopes for it and pre-ordered it immediately. There's a vast array of writing craft books (and I am a bit addicted to them, lol) but there haven't been a lot of books that focused on developing a romance series. Considering Zoe York's vast experience in the field--she has multiple romance series out there and she's a best-selling author--I had high hopes for this.
What a disappointment it turned out to be. Truth, there are some nuggets of wisdom in this (more or less all of them in chapter 19) but it's barely enough to fit onto a Post-it and it definitely isn't enough to warrant the 5 dollar price tag. Price matters in this case--had it been 2 or 3 dollars, I probably would've bumped the rating up to 2 stars, but here I don't think I hardly got any value for money.
As mentioned previously, the author has quite a few series under her belt, so I would've expected more examples of how she built those series herself. There is hardly anything on that. Building hooks into your next book? She mentions it, but no examples of how she did it with her own work or how other authors do that. You need a great blurb to sell your books? Yup, she mentions it. In fact, she wrote a great blurb for this book, so much so that it convince me to pre-order. But again, no examples. Cast of characters? Yep, you need one of those as well and there needs to be some conflict. And world building? It's useful to draw a map. Oh, and that series sell well in romance, so you're better off writing in a series than just stand-alones. That's about the genesis of this book, fitted into one paragraph.
Going into this book, I wasn't expecting an in-depth how-to on world building, story structure and character development, but I did however expect the author to share how to build a romance series and to SHOW the reader how she goes about it herself by using examples. She hardly ever does that, and because of that, this book never reaches beyond generic platitudes on writing. And it's a shame, because the author could've made a wave into a sea of writing-craft books, because there isn't much on this specific subject, but she failed to do that from start to finish.
Your mileage may vary, but I hardly got anything out of this book, other than chapter 19. Really disappointed.