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Reading, Writing, and To Think About

October 15, 2018
 
WHAT GOOD ARE BOOK REVIEWS?
 
Kate Atkinson, a bestselling novelist and multiple prize winner including two Costa novel awards, calls authors reviewing their peers a 'callous art' She said she “sort of” read her reviews. “I try not to read Amazon readers. . .there’s always something that you think (about the reviewer)… you’re wrong.” 
 
However, less-known writers realize that reviews are key in book sales and in marketing efforts. Amazon bases recommendations to readers on readers’ reviews. Authors frequently swap reviews, indeed jump through hoops to get them. They lack the luxury of the British novelist, who says she tries not to read bad reviews. Unlike many writers, Atkinson refuses to get involved in social media. “I just have no desire at all to display my thoughts or my feelings to people, to me that’s a very private thing.” See the article at www.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/07/kate-atkinson-calls-authors-reviewing-their-peers-a-callous-art-transcription
 
What do you think?


GREAT AMERICAN READ AUTHOR PANEL AT COMMERCE CITY ANYTHINK LIBRARY

Local authors Corrine Brown, Bonnie McCune, Manuel Ramos, and Barbara Wright discuss the 100 most-loved novels, according to PBS’s Great American Read, and their own work and process. Bring your questions to this free event on Saturday, October 27, 2 p.m., Commerce City Library, 7185 Monaco St, www.anythinklibraries.org/location/anythink-commerce-city.
 
THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. See www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/about/show/ and AMERICA’S 100 FAVORITE BOOKS. https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/books/#/
 
How many have you read? I’ve read 43, well, 42 because I only made it half-way through Don Quixote. These are not necessarily the best written, nor are they the most interesting. The group skews toward newer books as well as popular favs (Fifty Shades of Gray). Still it’s always fun to compare what you’d choose.
 
 
GEORGETOWN HOLIDAY MARKET FEATURES BOOKS
 
59th Annual Georgetown Christmas Market, December 1, 2, 8 and 9, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, 6th Street, Georgetown. Free admission. Local authors will be featured at a booth. Other attractions:
* Outdoor European Marketplace * FREE Holiday Entertainment *
* Hot Roasted Chestnuts * Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides *
* Appearances by St. Nicholas * Santa Lucia Children’s Procession
* Christmas Museum Tours *
Each December the town of Georgetown transforms for two weekends into a bustling Christmas scene reminiscent of Christmas of long ago. Christmas hasn’t changed in over 100 years in this historic setting.
https://www.historicgeorgetown.org/christmas-events.html
 
 
LOCAL NOVELIST OFFERS FIRST BOOK FREE TO INTRODUCE HER NEW WORK
 
Kathleen Duhamel author of contemporary women's fiction including the Deep Blue Trilogy (Deep Blue, Deeper, and Deep End) and novella At Home With Andre has a gift for readers. To celebrate publication of the second edition of the Deep Blue Trilogy, her debut novel, Deep Blue, is FREE for a limited time. Here’s the link: https://bookhip.com/WRKHHQ.
 
She’s also celebrating the upcoming publication of her next novel, Fed Up. It’s a contemporary love story featuring two characters in their 50s (she’s a grieving small-town chef and he’s a failing actor) who meet and fall in love while he’s working on location in the Shenandoah Valley. The book features lots of local color, sex and humor, a few tasty recipes, and one of the most charming male characters you’re likely to meet. But is he trustworthy?
 
A native of Texas, Kathleen has spent most of her adult life in Colorado. She lives in the Denver area with her husband, a standard poodle and a geriatric cat. She is a lifelong devotee of rock and soul music, contemporary art, food, and pop culture, all of which are featured in her fiction.
 
 
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO ALUM NEWS CARRIES NOTICE
 
Thanks to the Coloradan Alumni News for the mention in a recent issue about the publication of Never Retreat. See https://www.colorado.edu/coloradan/classnotes/year/1966?page=1
 
 
EASY AS PIE
 
If you’d like to help readers learn about my work, here are three methods:
  1. Go online to the book’s site, scroll to the bottom, and check those reviews that you think are especially noteworthy or helpful. Yes, this information is used in determining which books get a push from the site’s host.
  2. Like it or hate it, social media influences people’s discussions and choices. You can mention Never Retreat on your FaceBook, Twitter, etc, to spread the news.
  3. Book Bub, one of the most popular book sites, discounts books and builds a book community. You can post your reviews online there as well as the actual online bookstores. You do have to be a member to get on the site (no fee). Never Retreat is located at https://www.bookbub.com/books/never-retreat-by-bonnie-mccune
 
 
 
Visit me at www.BonnieMcCune.com with blog, Bonnie@BonnieMcCune.com, twitter.com/bonniemccune, facebook.com/authorBonnieMcCune, www.linkedin.com/in/BonnieMcCune.
 
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