Showing posts from April, 2011

Trying to Light the Fire

Well, the sales on RIBBONS have slumped. I think part of the problem is that everyone I personally know who has a means of reading an e-version of the book has already purchased the book. I've reached a few people I don't personally know, which is a little heady, I assure you, but I'm a little stumped as to what to do next. I know there are a lot of people who are waiting for the print book--I am too--but what to do in the meantime? I signed up for a Summer Reading Advertising blitz through The Romance Reviews. Check out the website. I also activated my GoodReads author profile and sent RIBBONS out to reviewers. Now, I play the waiting game.

You know, I thought I was done with the waiting game when I got the book published. That requires a lot of patience. It's funny that I never thought that after getting the book published requires as much, if not more patience. I'm learning a whole new skill set here and there's a running tally on to show me ho…

A New Review

Well, Ribbons has a new review. My fellow Solstice author, James Hatch author of The Substitute did the honors. I was really looking forward to hearing his thoughts on my book. He's not exactly what I thought would be my target demographic and I wanted to hear a guy's perspective. I'm so happy he liked it! It's always so wonderful to realize when storytelling transcends the genre lines. Here's the review and I just wanted to say one more time to James--thanks so much!

Testing vs. Assessment

Yesterday I was at an all day's teacher's in-service. It was on the MAP test, but that's neither here nor there. The thing that jumped out at me was when one of the moderators asked, "Are you testing or assessing?" That made me think. Testing--just a simple number. It's kind of like that stock review you get on your book. The "it's great!" There's no real meat behind that review.

Assessment is a different creature entirely. You measure and you change what you're doing based on those measurements. True reviews have both positives and things a reader didn't quite like. Every reader is different. We all like different aspects of books. I might love the world, my husband may love one particular character. I know for a fact, he always loved Wulfgar in the Icewind Dale books. Me, I was happy when Wulfgar was dragged down into the underworld for several books. Didn't mean I didn't like the books or that they weren't worthwhile, …