January at a glance

Books read this month

Night Veil – Yasmine Galenorn

Pale Demon – Kim Harrison

Wildcat Fireflies – Amber Kizer

Vacations from Hell – Anthology

Kitty % The Midnight Hour – Carrie Vaughn

By Midnight – Mia James

Darkness Falls – Mia James

Dead Over Hells – Charlaine Harris

A Fool and His Honey – Charlaine Harris

Last Scene Alive – Charlaine Harris

Poppy Done to Death – Charlaine Harris

Slide – Jill Hathaway

Cinder – Marissa Meyer

Hallowed – Cynthia Hand

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Word Count is sitting at an average of 130 words per day

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2 Videos for Marianne’s youtube channel, with another in the works.

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Fundraiser planned

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Have been asked to do some public speaking on behalf od Ovarian Cancer Australia.

I’m happy with how the year is turning out so far.

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Teal, Tarts and Tiaras

Come join in the fun for an afternoon of

Teal, Tarts and Tiaras.

When: 25th February 2:30pm – 4pm

Where: Unit 10 77 Eastern Road

Browns Plains 4118 PH 3800 1853

RSVP 20 February 2012

Lucky Door Prizes, Raffle,

Handmade Crafts for Sale

&

Afternoon Tea

$2 Entry Fee

To review or not to review.

I read an interesting article by The Guardian this morning and I guess to begin with I had better link to it so you can hop over and give it a browse before I add my two cents.
YA novel readers with publishing establishment

I agree with the closing thoughts

“Whose book is it anyway? The hardest thing a writer has to learn is that once you publish a book, it’s no longer truly yours – even though it’s got your name on the front and it lives inside you. It belongs to the readers now. All you can do is steel yourself as you push it out into the world, stay gracious, and get busy with the next one.

And if you can’t stand the heat of the blogosphere – don’t Google yourself.”

Now onto my view of this as a reviewer…

I am lucky enough to be one of several consistent reviewers for http://www.burnbright.com.au . We also do a monthly book club which gives our readers multiple points of view on the one book. I guess Bloggers and reviewers who aren’t lucky enough to have a team helping with the content either end up having to put lousy reviews on their sites, or risk having no content.

 

Marianne has a no bad review policy, which we all follow. Basically, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

Since getting to know Marianne a little over the years; I have learned how difficult it can be to get a book noticed. There are, after all, thousands published in Australia alone, so how are you going to get people to pick up yours, when the shelves are packed?

 

There is the argument of publishers being so stretched they can’t create the massive hype for every book they will put on the shelves, hence the need for review copies. Your friends, family, and the publicity team do their damnedest to get your book noticed, but having people read your books and using word of mouth is one of the most powerful tools you will have at your disposal.

 How people react to the review copies is entirely up to the individual reviewer. Followers of reviewers are generally following them because they have found similarities between the reviewer’s point of view and their own experiences.

 

Now with all that in the back of your mind, have you ever seen a book that EVERYONE loved? No. The old adage ‘you can’t please everyone’ is true. Bad reviews are a fact of life for anyone putting a product out there. Whether it is a book or a brand of perfume, there will always be people who oppose what you believe to be brilliant.

 

The only thing you can control is how YOU react to their opinion. Starting a public stand off resulting in pissing off reviewers is not helping anyone.

I’ll leave you with my uncle’s quote, which I agree with and it applies here.

“Opinions are like assholes; everyone’s got one.”

Resolutions Smezolutions

It’s that time of the year again when I make my resolutions. Some I think I will carry over from last year and some I’ll amp up a little, and add a few new ones.

~ I want to read 80 books this year. 12 of which to be Aussie. Reviewing as many as possible.

~ I want to do at least 12 video blogs/ reviews or tutorials this year.

~ I want to be the best president I can be for the Vision Writers group.

~ I want to find a part time paid job.

~ I want to aim for $500 for my fundraising for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Australia this year.

~ I want to get my creative memories program back up and running so I can resume making pretty digital scrap booking pictures.

~ I want to be in print again this year.

~ A 100 word a day base level again. (between blogs, reviews, or story writing)

~ I want to be more social.

~Again trying to keep the housework under control.

Achievable goals.

Ones that can be met by working harder and trying my best.

Lets have at it shall we.

First book of 2012 to be finished is Pale Demon by Kim Harrison. Love the Hallows series but this book is by far a stand out effort.

I’m now on Wildcat Fireflies by Amber Kizer, the sequel to Meridian. Book 1 sucked me in just from the excerpt on Amber’s website. Book two has been on my most anticipated list since 2010. Can not wait to get stuck into it for hours.

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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