An Award, Some Changes, and a Question For You
First off, I received a lovely Dragon’s Loyalty Award from J. Kaye at J. Kaye’s Book Blog. Isn’t it pretty??
The rules of this award are simple:
* If you have a blog, post it on your blog with a link back to the site who gave it to you.
* Leave them a comment on their site, email, etc. to let them know.
* If you don’t have a blog but have a website, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or other type account, post there with a link back.
* Pass this on to 3-10 loyal fans.
I’ve been thinking hard about some ways I do my reviews. Reading all of the BBWA meme’s and interviews has opened my eyes to a few things. After reading a couple of blog posts regarding what readers want when they read a review, I decided to implement a few new things.
I’ve seen in several places that readers want a clear rating system. I think my reviews are pretty clear cut on whether I like a book or not, however, I do see the appeal to a clear-cut rating. I’m not sure what I will do…if I can find some cool stars or something. At minimum I will do a numbers rating. I’m not sure but I am open to suggestions if anyone has any.
I’m also going to try hard to be more consistent with the information presented. I think that in addition to title and author, I should include ISBN, Genre(s), pages, and I’ve always liked to include the summary on the back cover, although I read that many people don’t like that. I still include my thoughts and my own summary, but I like to put out there what the author and/or publisher want us to know. In my opinion, it’s still important. The first thing I usually do when I pick up a book si flip it over to the back cover or inside flap and read the summary. Same when I look at a review on amazon or another online bookstore. I read the publisher’s summary first and then I read the reviews.
I have a question to viewers. I’ve also read that darker backgrounds with white writing is annoying. As you can see, that is what I have!! As I’ve posted recently, I’m redesigning my site, so I am asking anyone who stops by to give me feedback. If you are uncomfortable leaving a comment in the “comment” section, drop me an email at jennifermorrill(at)att(dot)net. I would love to hear from you. I’m also going to ask what you all think about the summary from the book in addition to my thoughts and or personal summary.
So what do you all think????