Tag Archives: Read & Review

Dos and Don’ts for Giving Feedback on Book Country

Posted by August 9th, 2013

Dos and Don't for Giving Feedback on Book Country

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been using the tips in Nevena’s recent “New to the Book Country Workshop? Start Here” post to find tons of great stuff to read on the site, from Regency Romance to Young Adult Fantasy.

If you’re like me, it can be completely overwhelming to be tasked with giving feedback on a whole novel, especially if I am the first person to review. Not every BC member has posted a whole book (nor is that a requirement for posting), but lots of members are posting very long manuscripts that deserve detailed, professional-level feedback. This type of reading takes a large amount of concentration (to explain why certain things in the prose are working for me—or not), and it takes courage to post those opinions online, where others can see them and possibly disagree with you. There’s also the fear of hurting the author’s feelings if you think their work needs quite a lot of editing.

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Taking the “Read & Review” Plunge on Book Country

Posted by July 12th, 2013

My first couple of weeks at Book Country can be defined in one word: NEW. New faces (meeting all the people who work so hard to make Book Country the best writing and publishing community on the web), new vocabulary (“back-end,” “interface,” “populate,” are becoming things I regularly—and proudly!—say all the time now), and new chances to connect with writers from all over the world.

As you may have seen, I’ve been treading into the discussion boards since I started as the Book Country Community and Engagement Manager. There is such a huge variety of conversations on Book Country, and they all have to do with my very favorite things: 1) Books I love and 2) How to be a better writer, one well-placed word at a time. Where else but on Book Country can you expect to see a thread having a high-level debate about the meaning of the word “humanity” (especially as it relates to The Walking Dead) just above a thread about which romance books have the best sex scenes?  These are just the kind of debates I like! And it is still super exciting when a member responds to my posts. (I have a feeling that thrill is not going to go away.)

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