Responses to the Reader Survey, part 2

The Deliberate Reader 2015 Reader SurveyFind part one of the responses here.

I like that you don’t *love* every book you read.

Well I’d love it if that weren’t the case (grin), but unfortunately I do sometimes pick up books that are disappointing. What’s not going to change is that I’ll tell you all what I think about the book, good or bad.

Guest posts or interviews with authors / booksellers / bookbinders?

Another really fun idea. I’ve done two author interviews but they were way back when I first started my blog, and since then I haven’t put forth the time it takes to find willing individuals. Realistically, that probably won’t change for 2016, as my priorities are going towards the online book clubs I’m running and co-running.

(The likely only exception: if a friend publishes a book during the year.)

Although I’d love it if this weren’t the case – I do love this idea, and would like to figure out a way to make it happen!

The road to getting published. All the ins and outs and whether agents are needed, cover letters, and how finished the submission needs to be.

My knowledge of this is limited, but everything I’ve heard says to read the most recent copies of Writer’s Market and/or Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents. Most libraries should have at least one of these, if not both. They should be able to answer those questions for you more reliably than I can.

Posting for new authors – Giving indie authors a venue to display their work

While I like the idea of supporting new & indie authors, I’m not sure this is the right setting for that sort of thing. I don’t want to have it be completely open, because some books are decidedly NOT what I want to showcase, and I can’t begin to keep up with the pace of reading that would be required to make something like that a regular feature.

Finally, there’s already an update to the last response. There were some requests about organizing the archives, and making it easier to find books sorted by my recommendation or rating. Last month I said I was adding a star tag to new reviews, and slowly going through old posts and adding it. That would then let you go to a listing of posts with particular tags.

Since then I’ve discovered some coding shortcuts and realize the possibilities they’re going to provide. It’ll still be based on the star rating tag, but it’s going to all go on a page – no clicking through pages at a time. Once I get it fully working I’ll be sure and make a bigger announcement, so consider this just a hey-this-is-coming teaser. I *think* it’s going to be great. I’m working on it as quickly as I can, so hopefully I can make that announcement soon. 🙂

Thanks again to everyone who responded – I read all your comments, and there may be future posts inspired by them. I’m also still hoping to do a post soon getting into some of the specifics of your favorite types of books, etc.

Previously on The Deliberate Reader

Three years ago: Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach

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