As I’m sure you know the south is being hit with snow, predictions range from 4 to 12 inches. We don’t see even four inches very often. Snow never bother’s me. As a teacher, I’m off when it snows and I plan to sit by the fire and write and watch it fall.
I’m just now beginning to realize a major difference between blogging and writing books. The very best thing about blogging, to me, is the contact with other. It’s often immediate, you leave a comment and I answer it. This is what I’ve loved from the beginning. Writing a book doesn’t work the same way.
In some ways writing is like teaching – you say something that affects other, hopefully in a positive way, yet you may never know it. I’m luckier than many writers, I’ve had several friends mention the book, post about it and even review it. I started to list those who had, but I’m afraid I’d leave someone out. If I haven’t thanked you personally I surely do now.
Writing and having my books read, reviewed and spoken about by others got me thinking of things that had never occurred to me before – writers really want to know what the people who read their book think. There have been so many books throughout my life that I have loved, which have touched me, and in a few cases changed my life. I’ve recommended them to, and discussed them with, anyone who would listen. Yet in all those years of joyful reading it never once occurred to me to tell the author how much I enjoyed the book.
This is not a post to try to get you to review my books; it is a post, however, to encourage you to review any book that you read that you really enjoy. I’m not good at reviewing books yet. I think about it, sometimes I mean to, but often I never get around to it. I’m going to try to do better, but it will always be sporadic. Maybe you’ll do better.
I had some really nice reviews on both, Cassie’s Tale and Cassie’s Space. Two on the first one were less than glowing. When I first saw those, I immediately flashed back to high school and my first thoughts were, “They don’t like me.” Thank goodness I am old enough to have gotten past that pretty quickly. Then I went back and read them carefully – neither said the book was bad, simply that they thought it could be better and gave some suggestions. And they were right! I saw exactly what they were saying and as I write book three I’m taking their criticism and suggestions to heart and working to improve. If those reviews had been mean or ugly, I would have ignored them. These, with constructive criticism, helped me. Those who simply gave it rave review, made me wildly happy and keep me working on the next book with total joy!
Today I have suggestion for everyone, especially those who are snowbound – think about writing a book review. Chose some book you’ve read recently. Go to Amazon as if you were ordering the book, scroll down and you’ll see a button that says write a customer review, and do it! You’ll make the author's day. Now if you haven’t read anything you really liked lately, might I suggest you try Cassie’s Space or Cassie’s Tale. LOL, bet you didn’t see that coming! You can read an excerpt here and another here.