Léna's Lit.Life

Léna (me): Lit, as in literature, Lit, as in light, Lit, as in a little kooky: Life.

"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?

Good-reads!

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.
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54 comments:

  1. The difficult part about being an artist (writer, painter, musician) is that we are our own worst critics. We constantly question our abilities and even constructive criticism hurts. So Lena, I congratulate you for putting yourself out there to get folks to read your book. I'm starting it tonight!

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    1. You say that so well, Jessica. And thank you so much for reading!

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  2. Lena, it is not in your genes to be a quitter at anything! Ever watch the ashes of a fire...they smolder, lack color and flames, but they are still HOT! So Edges might be in an ash stage,but...well, you get the idea.

    I know you are looking for ways to fan the flames. I wonder, have you ever contacted the Teen AA groups, offered to read and lead discussion of your book? Is this a potential place for fans you have not checked out? Seems to me these readers could relate.

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    1. Bookie - your encouragement means so much! I think maybe what I'm really saying is that I'm finally letting go of my book, but definitely not giving up! And the suggestion about AA is a good one, it's just not how AA itself works. The thing to do would be to get it into the hands of some therapists at a treatment facility and then have a separate discussion group outside of AA.

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  3. I've yet to join Goodreads, and don't plan to at this point in my life, otherwise I'd leave a review.

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    1. No worries there Carrie! You've been an awesome part of my network, and I can't wait to see you in Alabama in the next few days!

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  4. I actually joined Goodreads for the express purpose of reviewing your book. I enjoy Goodreads for the most part and have a really great TBR list on there, but I can see how it would be frustrating for you. I also told a whole bunch of English teachers at a conference both about your book and the importance of reviewing books on places like Goodreads, especially for new and up and coming authors. Hopefully some of them heard me and are just waiting for the school year to be over. I posted it to the Facebook page of the group as well. I will do some more posting, but I know you won't give up. If it was in your nature to do so you would not be recovering but still. Chin up!

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  5. Ah, my lovely Crazy Lady. With everyone's help, Edges is the-little-book-that-could!

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  6. Lena, don't be too hard on yourself. I went over to your Edge page, and saw that you, in fact, have a fair amount of good reviews!!! I like the subject you tackled, as I have personal family experience of such things. But I have sooooo many books I have to read right now, it would be unfair of me to put yours on a TBR list. Don't lose heart and confidence--keep on publicizing while you're writing new material, and it will find its way. Perhaps you could do some speaking engagements/readings in schools where kids are at risk. Find your impassioned following. Kids are hungry for books that tell it like it is.

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    1. Catherine, thank you. There are so many fabulous writers out in the world, both published and pre-published and I am glad that I get to be one of them! I too WANT to read everything, but simply can't! I always love hearing your insights.

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  7. I'm a Goodreads member, and I'm reading Edges right now. I have it in on my "reading" bookshelf. When I'm done, I will certainly leave a review.

    Don't be discouraged. You've published a book. That's amazing. You'll publish again.

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    1. Robin - thank you so much for saying hello and for reading Edges and leaving a lovely review on Goodreads! I appreciate your taking the time.xo

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  8. I'd scared to death of Goodreads. I love seeing people add my upcoming release to their TBR list, but what about after they actually read it?! I know we're warned not to read reviews, but c'mon, how realistic is that?

    *sigh*

    I guess Goodreads is just a fact of life that we have to accept and hopefully, use the info it provides to do better.

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    1. Steph - this whole biz has stretched me spiritually in ways I could never have imagined. Putting oneself out there is so exciting yet such a roller coaster - yet it really is living life to the fullest, isn't it?

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  9. I was a little slow to come to Good Reads, but I have really grown to enjoy the book dialogue it brings. Part of being a writer, I've learned the long, slow way, is letting people know what you're reading. Yes, I do sometimes want to pull out my hair, strand by strand, when I see a few extraordinary reviews of my own book and it's still so under the radar. Interactions on writers' blogs, and on Facebook, do give me hope/heart, with their reminder that we are, indeed, in this together.

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