LEAVING READER FEEDBACK

I may be preaching to the choir  here, but readers, we need your opinions! Whether or not these are always glowing, we writers want to hear from you. In days long ago, the only way for a reader to contact an author was to write to the publishing house and hope their letter was eventually forwarded. It was a hit and miss thing.

Now, however, readers can go on-line and directly leave feedback. This helps other buyers and can sometimes give the writer a heads-up. Readers can urge for seeing another character’s story or can point out concerns regarding proofreading (I’ve benefited from this one.) The reader gets to express support for certain kinds of stories or just give the writer a pat on the back. This is very appreciated, let me tell you.

Readers may not know this, but some advertising sites require a certain number of reader feedbacks to have been left for the writer to be able to purchase advertising! Reader feedback is vital. Writers need to know if their books are connecting with the audience or not. Sales alone doesn’t tell this.

The internet has given readers and writers the possibility for dialogue. Whether this be through writers’ webpages, through Twitter or through posted feedback, we writers need and want to hear from you reader folk. So, hit us up!

IT’S A RELATIONSHIP THING

I love relationships. More than writing about bombs and terrorist attacks and murder and mayhem, I love reading and writing stories of people connecting with mates. Truth be told, I really love working with couples in my other job as a therapist. When I was slogging toward publication years ago, a friend witnessed my anguishContinue Reading

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: C. A. SZAREK

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? When I was very young. I started with poetry (had one in the newspaper when I was in 3rd grade) then stories, then novels when I was a teen. I finished one when I was 17. The first of many books to follow. JContinue Reading

WHAT MAKES ROMANCE REAL?

I’d love to hear from readers as to what makes the romances in the books they read seem convincing and satisfying? This topic has been often debated among writers of my acquaintance. For a long time, (remember, I’m not 20), readers loved to read about powerful heroes who demonstrated their love by looking stoic andContinue Reading

ARE BLUE COLLAR GUYS HOT?

So, help me out here? Do we want to fantasize being swept up by a rich dude or is there room for stories about guys who might live next door–hot, hot, hot guys who actually work with their hands? Wade in on this one and let me know what you think. Can you love aContinue Reading

Snarled-Up Love

Ever read a romance where nothing much seems to happen? Girl meets Boy and they live happily ever after? That would certainly make for a short book and a boring one, too. When in real life do relationships ever work that way? When girl meets boy, she sometimes doesn’t even like him…although she may thinkContinue Reading

Book Review: Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

As a writer of contemporary romance, my books are written for adults, but I occasionally dip into other waters as a reader. I ran across Anna and The French Kiss, a YA, while randomly looking for something interesting to occupy my down time. It is my habit–in the manner of yore when readers browsed through brick-and-mortar bookstores–toContinue Reading

ROMANCE SERIES–FALLING IN LOVE WITH SECONDARY CHARACTERS

I have to admit I’ve been behind the game on this one. I just haven’t found a great reason to write a series of linked books until recently. Readers, however, love these. Trying to get clued in on the motivation for this, I recently asked a reader why she liked series and she gave meContinue Reading

PLUMBERS AREN’T ROMANTIC?

Like the rest of you, I’ve been watching the “Millionaire/Billionaire” trend in romances. I’m not one to bash others for hitting a resonant chord with readers and I can understand the attraction of not worrying about money. I always like have a little extra cash after paying the bills, just to splurge. But this particularContinue Reading

GUEST POST BY STEPHANIE BERGET–WHO DOESN’T LOVE A COWBOY?

  With the premier of Outlander, Scottish Highlanders in kilts are all the rage right now. But for just a moment, I’d like to turn your attention to cowboys in Wranglers. Having spent most of my life living in the northwest, training barrel racing horses and competing in rodeos, setting my first romance novel inContinue Reading