Blog Awards and An Appeal To Readers

As Yoda would say: “Remiss, I have been!”  And it’s too true, I fear.  I have received two blog awards from very kind people and I have said nothing.  I am ashamed!  Let me correct the situation now.

Super Sweet Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Yes, in what was a double whammy, I received the delectable Super Sweet Award again, on 7th May, from the very sweet and generous Rachel of Spilled Ink blog.  I’m amazed that folk are so willing to share this toothsome award!  Or perhaps it’s because there’s no chocolate in the picture LOL!  Seriously, though, thank you so much, Rachel.

A few days later, on 11th May, the very kind jemsbooks nominated me for the wonderfully complimentary Very Inspiring Blogger Award!  This is the second time I’ve been honoured with this award, the last time being on 21st January.  Thank you very much jemsbooks!

I’m afraid that I must break all the rules.  Having received two awards already, and obeyed the rules, I’m afraid I’m lost for selecting more bloggers deserving of these awards.  That’s not to say that I couldn’t find any.  Far from it.  The problem is entirely one of time.  I’m endeavouring to write a third tale in the G1: The Guardians series and things are really not going as they should.  It’s my own fault.  I keep allowing myself to be distracted.  I hope I will be forgiven.

Support Your Local Sherriff Author

This is an appeal, and it’s one all too familiar for authors, I’m afraid.  We happily, and determinedly, put our work out there.  We do it in a spirit (usually) of sharing.  We hope that others, however few they may be, will gain some reward from reading what we have offered.  I know, for instance, that some of my free ebooks have been downloaded many times.  I’ve even had sales of my novelettes.  Sadly, like most authors, the ratio of feedback to sales/downloads is very poor.  It is disheartening, and some authors might even be so discouraged that they give up entirely!

What I’m asking readers to do is really not as difficult as might be supposed.  If you read a book (however long and whatever format), please leave some kind of feedback!  We commonly use the word ‘review’ and I understand fully that it sounds daunting.  In truth, we’d love to get full blown reviews, but we understand that not everybody has the time or desire to devote time and effort to that.  We are happy, therefore, to just receive a few honest comments and a rating (which is usually a matter of clicking on the number of stars you wish to award).  The simplest way to leave comments is on the site you obtained the book from.  If you’re very kind and generous, however, it would make us ecstatic if you could copy and paste your comments onto certain other sites commonly used by both authors and readers.  These are: Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, LibraryThing, and Smashwords.  Different authors have a different ‘spread’ of feedback sites and their websites/blogs will usually show you where they hang out.  It is also extremely helpful if you share your comments through social networks like Facebook and Twitter, which is usually a matter of simply clicking on ‘Share’ buttons when you submit you comments on one of the other sites.

Some readers may expect the courtesy of a ‘thank you’ for their kindness, and I wish I could say they would receive that.  Unfortunately, the fact is that most writers simply can’t respond to all feedback!  Most are busy writing or keeping blogs up to date, and maybe a Facebook ‘fan’ page.  Rest assured, however, that your comments are appreciated!  If you wish to interact with an author, check their activity on Facebook, Goodreads and their blog (if they have one).  I’m afraid that you might find that they are not hugely active online, and it can seem rather foolish to respond to a comment made some weeks previously.  Also, a few don’t actually run these places at all.  They are run by fans, agents or publishers.  It comes down to a choice, really.  Do you prefer direct, quick interaction or another book?

One last thing.  If you didn’t enjoy a book, that’s fine.  It’s your prerogative, after all.  We might be disappointed, and regret that we failed to please you.  That doesn’t mean that it’s alright to post inflammatory comments.  A wise author will ignore such comments anyway, and if they’re of a personal nature, then the site is likely to delete them.  Be honest, by all means, but be courteous too!

I’ll close this appeal with my personal “Thank you!” to everybody who has left comments, of any (courteous) nature, for any of my books.

~ Steve

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About Steve

An author since the age of 13 years, writing again dominates my activities. My "Imagineer-ing" blog is my primary site. Also: Beginner knitter since November 2010. Favourite knitting techniques: cable and lace. Beginner cross stitcher. Beginner jewellery maker. With the promotion of self publication and all the other work that has been going on here, Dad decided around 2am this morning (22/11/2013) that it was time to begin his next adventure. He was seen off earlier the previous evening by myself, my brother, my sister in law, and my sister, as well as his wife (our mum), and an enigmatic being known only as A Lorraine. After this time of story telling, laughing, crying, joking and mickey taking, we saw how tired both mum and dad were, and we decided to leave them under the (sometimes) gentle care of The Lorraine. When Dad found the timetable for his travels, he let Mum know gently, which woke her from her drowsing, then, with the same gentleness he showed in this universe, he boarded his favourite mode of transport, the Interdimensional Steam Train, and set off with a smile and a wave. For those of us closest, that smile was a reminder that his pain has ended, and the wave, an indicator that he will pop in to all those that knew him, from time to time. Usually at the most inconvenient and in opportune moments he can. While we are sad that he is no longer here, we are happy he now has no pain, and is experiencing more extraordinary things that his writers mind will be frantically weaving into a new story. Posted by Son Damien

4 thoughts on “Blog Awards and An Appeal To Readers

  1. Thanks so much for posting this. I’ve purchased books from self-published authors before and while I enjoyed them, I didn’t know what kind of feedback to leave. The book review process seemed a bit intimidating. I’m glad I now know a few thoughtful comments will suffice. Thanks again!

  2. Hi Steve, I liked this post because I, too, am an author with an ebook that I know friends have bought and read, yet I know nothing of what they thought about it. I pretend it’s all good comments they would give, and keep working on the second novel with faith it will be enjoyed.

    • Hi Jet 🙂 I’m glad you liked the post, thanks. It must be harder when you know friends have bought your work and still not commented. I certainly think you’re taking the right approach to that. It always seems that people are quicker to criticise than praise in other matters, so why not here too? 😉

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