book promotion, book reviews, book sales, Uncategorized, Writers Co-op

Name This!

Cool LukeWhat we have here is failure to communicate. The word “Review” communicates negative reactions to many authors. Not the least of which is the certainty that all reviews cannot be good reviews. True, that. So, after listening to the gnawback, it’s obvious that we need a better name for our new section than, “Peer Reviews.”

We need a name that says here are books well received by the authors’ peers. The purpose of the new section is to have a place for recommendations by other authors, editors, publishers and professional members of the writing community at large.

The following names have been suggested, but please use the comments section to add more names.

Books We Like
I Like This Book
I Love This Book
Insider Picks
Peers’ Picks
Recommended Reading

What’s your suggestion?


28 thoughts on “Name This!

  1. mimispeike says:

    I still say (something like) – We Love This: Recommended Reading from Writers Co-op.

    It’s the enthusiasm that makes me stop and pay attention. We Love This, I Love This, I stole the line from Salon or Book Beast or somewhere.

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  2. Maybe something like…”Books and Stories We Love”

    Mimi is right. enthusiasm is contagious. Strong words mean strong feelings. Love is a word that we use to describe our spouses, kids and even pizza. It works in every situation because it means more than like, or recommend, or picks.

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  3. One more thing…we should consider a checklist for the book reviewed…big things like was it edited, by who (professional/friend who is a 3rd grade teacher), developmental edit, proof readers, word count, what genera is it, what do we compare it to,

    Those types of things will help potential readers sort titles and find good books to read.

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    • mimispeike says:

      Some of this is edging back toward the stuff that would turn me off. I want to hear the emotional reasons why someone recommends a a book, not who has edited it. I think (ha! I hope) we can take for granted that a book is well written and well edited. What, beyond that, does it have going for it?

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      • I thought that too but I was recently listening to a podcast about self-published authors. The speaker (I dont remember the name of the speaker but he was a bubba at Smashwords and I dont remember the exact statistics but I want to say like 95%) stated that the overwhelming, vast majority of self published books are not professionally edited and what separates successful and unsuccessful authors in terms of sales is number one the lack of editing, two the lack of a professional cover and third the lack of pre-sales.
        I think the standard should either be that everything we review has been professionally edited so that it is a given or it needs to be stated for the reader.
        Then we can get to the emotion and the love of the story.
        Sorry if I seem a little edgy, I should eat. Ha ha.

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  4. A note of caution – “Community Powered, Community Approved” didn’t do much for Bookkus.

    Just a title, “Writers Co-op Peer Reviews” really can’t stand alone. There will need to be a short introduction, explaining our goal: to help authors receive recognition. But at the same time it might mention that only well written (and edited) books will be reviewed. That would just be our promise to readers, and maybe some rules for the road to potential reviewers.
    BTW, professional editing just removes typos and glaring grammatical errors. I’ve read books posted on-line where the poor sucker paid for professional editing, but all that resulted was a technically well written poorly thought out and plotted story.
    Maybe we could offer a reviewer’s pledge? To present only honest reviews of well written books? Truthfully, if you give a good review to a book that’s crap, you’re going to lose readers very quickly.
    Oh well, I’m meandering. Just some thoughts.

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  5. atthysgage says:

    Regarding professional editing, I’m not sure I like that standard. It’s a good start, but just as plenty of novels (as DocTom noted) can be poorly plotted and unimaginatively written despite having a professional editor, plenty of novels can be well-written AND well-edited without the input of a professional. I would hope that any book put up for review would meet a basic level of competence, but I suppose we have no way of knowing.

    Since I have already put myself forward as willing to give the reviews a once over to make sure they pass muster, I could do the same with the books in question — nip over to Amazon and peruse the free sample chapter. Usually, it doesn’t take more than a page or two to spot a book that is really falling short on the editorial basics. I’m willing to give it a try, anyway, at least until this thing becomes unwieldly, assuming it ever does.

    Question remains: how to respond if something seems substandard. I could 1) query the writer of the review and ask what they were thinking, 2) remove the review, with or without a note as to why, 3) leave the review up but apend an editorial note suggesting that readers might want to caveat their emptors about this title, and why.

    Or some combination of all of the above. I’m not guessing it’ll come up all that often, but it’s worth thinking about ahead of time, maybe.

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    • Atthys’ concerns are well founded. The biggest problem is the “you give me a good review and I’ll give you one” situation. That would be easy to spot here, and the perpetrators could both be banned from posting again.

      Atthys deserves a lot of credit for taking on this task, but we can’t expect him to read every book for which a review is posted. I’m guessing that our best bet will just be to have a comments section after each review. A review that doesn’t well represent a book should get lots of negative comments (an emojis?) which will serve as a red flag.

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      • atthysgage says:

        Tom is right. A comment section is a must. Some of this will take care of itself just by virtue of dilligence on all of our parts. And no, I’m not planning on reading every book, just a short sample to make sure the basic editing isn’t grieviously bad.

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