Happy Tuesday, BGs.
Don't forget to keep reading Charis Connection this week. Today is Jim Bell's version of the one man/two women scene.
A quick update on Violet Dawn and its marketing. (1) Within two weeks of its release, Violet Dawn went into a second printing. (2) Its corresponding character blog, Scenes and Beans, written by the fabulously clever SBGs (Scenes and Beans bloggers) for the rest of this year (and later written by general readers of the series), got a long paragraph in the August 28 issue of Publisher’s Weekly. That issue featured various articles as a “look at faith in fiction.” The article on writing series talked about Scenes and Beans as a marketing tool that uses the Web to keep readers involved in the lives of characters between books.
Nice plug. Even if they did say the first book in the Kanner Lake series is “Violet Lake.”
Now for today. We’re going to tackle a new topic. A couple weeks ago I kinda laid it on the line with my take on the whole endorsement thing. Now I want to take up the topic of . . . drum roll please . . . those dreaded Reviews.
I know there’s been a lot of talk lately about reviews on e-mail loops, other blogs and such. But I’d like to approach the topic from a different angle. I’m not going to focus on who should write reviews, and why, and how, and when, and the ethics involved in the process. Instead I’d like us to take a hard look at just what the heck reviews are. How should we view reviews as consumers/readers? How should we look at reviews of our own work as writers?
Perhaps, after the discussion is over, you might look at reviews in a different light than you do now.
Here’s a kick-off challenge for you. In the fewest words possible, give us your definition of a review. I’ll see where y’all are coming from and will add my definition tomorrow. It may not be quite what you expected. (Although if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’re used to that unexpected thing.)
And we're off: “A review is . . .”
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