Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.
"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Goodreads or Badreads?
I have succumbed, I have knuckled, and yes - I have buckled. I quit Goodreads after a trial run because I came to think of Goodreads as Badreads. In fact, I was just being a big baby.
It was becoming yet another tool for me to measure myself by, and when I say that, I mean against. Because according to Goodreads, when I compare myself to many of my friends, nobody is reading my book. Poor Edges is sucking out against paranormal romance, fantasy and even after other contemporary fiction. And it's not that my friends have any better ratings, but what they do have are readers. Thousands of them, whereas I have 54. (Who is counting?)
And Edges got some outstanding reviews.
And a couple of "meh" ones.
But guess what???? I wrote a polarizing book! Yee freaking ha! How cool is it that people have opinions and get to express them? How cool is social media where we get to meet and interact with people we otherwise would never have a chance to meet?
And guess what again? I don't like every book I read either! Who does? So much depends on my mood and my state of mind - where I am in my life.
The important thing is, I want my book to be read. I believe in my book. No matter how you feel about alcoholism and recovery, spirituality and differing world views, I think it's important both think about and discuss all of these things.
And I've written and am writing other books where these subjects don't come into play.
I talk a lot about re-vision here, not only in writing, but in my personal life. So let's re-vision Goodreads right now. I can't shy away from potential readers.
Notice: I've been brave and put a Goodreads widget on this here blog. If you are so inclined, you can click to it and if you've read Edges, show it some love. If you haven't, I'd be most honored if you would add it to your TBR pile.