Two new items to report on today. First of all, if you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that last week I offered a free copy of my upcoming book, Three Billy Maddox Stories, to anyone who gave me feedback on the book blurb I developed for that collection of short stories. The offer, by the way, is still open.
Here’s a link to the post where I posted the blurb. Feel free to comment below the post or use the Contact Form on the right column of this post to send me your feedback. Thanks to Chesha, David, Terry, Robert and sundry others who took the time to provide feedback.
On another note, I also invited you last week to participate in a survey indicating your particular reading preferences and I’m happy to report that nearly 50 of you took up the call. So without further ado, let me list here some of the most popular categories that you, my rocking readers, selected as your favorite kind of book:
- Dystopian fiction / apocalyptic fiction
- Zombie novels / end of times survival
- Space opera
- Dragon shifters
- Literary fiction
- Mystery / thriller
So this isn’t a comprehensive list of ALL the categories that you proposed, and I’m honestly not sure where “dragon shifters” exists as a category, though my guess is that it falls into a VERY specific niche under fantasy.
But since you responded, what I will do is this. I have a group of authors with whom I partner from time to time on book giveaways. These are authors I trust because I have communicated with and worked with them and they are normal. If you know many writers, you probably know that some of them can act a litle, well, odd. That’s not my crew, no way.
What I’m going to do is share your list of preferred categories with them and ask them to offer up books they have written and that they feel you may enjoy. But I’m not just going to unleash their obviously unobjective recommendations on you and then walk away. When I share the list with you, I would invite you–no, I would ENCOURAGE you–to let me know if you read any of those books and, if so, what you thought of it.
If an author’s book performs well, they stay on my list for future recommendations I make. If I get too many negative reviews, I may kick them off the island.
Sound like a deal? I can bring books to your attention you may enjoy reading but I would also like your feedback so we can make this a collective effort. The Internet is vast, and you have two million places to go to search for books. No sense in that. Better that you participate in a safe and friendly environment, such as this one, and build a sense of trust with other authors and readers.
Okay, so to wrap up, please remember to check out the book blurb that I developed for Three Billy Maddox Stories. Here’s a link to the post where I published it. As long as your feedback has some constructive quality to it, you get a copy of the book for free once it’s published.
And also, you may remember I developed a readers’ guide for my novel, Billy Maddox Takes His Shot. Get a copy here. I’d like to return to writing more about the guide next week as well as some of the most important themes from the novel. (What’s that? You say you haven’t read Billy Maddox Takes His Shot? Here’s a link.)
See you soon.