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Stuff You Might Not Know About Dear Author

I wanted to put up a post pimping the Brenda Novak Diabetes Auction and our small contribution and decided to do a summary post on some features here at Dear Author in anticipation of my next Tuesday post. If you have a question that you want to ask about Dear Author, blogging, my reading habits, etc., feel free to ask.

1. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we post two reviews a day. You’ll for sure get one book review on Friday (and sometimes two) and one on Saturday. We review books we hope we’ll like which is why our grades weigh heavily in the C and above level.

2. Tuesday morning we post a letter of opinion. This is generally authored by me (Jane) and it reflects whatever issues regarding romance (generally) are on my mind during the past few weeks.

3. Friday morning we post our First Sale feature. This “First Sale” letter features the stories of the road to publication by new and established authors. I am trying to book well in advance and am currently scheduling posts for August and beyond.

4. Saturday morning we post queries or first pages of works in progress where authors can get feedback on their work. This is controversial because the feedback and critique given is often from readers and readers point of view. Use this at your own risk.

5. Sunday morning we post an article about the ebook industry, ebook technology, or internet related features. Sunday is the only day we do not post a book review. I actually struggle with this post alot so suggestions on topics are always welcome.

6. Dear Author started in April 2006 and in the month of April 2008, we have the following statistics:

(this you may want to know for bidding on us in the Diabetes Auction for the ad space. Click for a bigger graphic).

7. We do not do ads, generally. We’ve given one away to Colleen Gleason, the winner of the DA BWAHA tournament. I’m not going to say that we’ll never ever do ads, but it is unlikely unless it is for contests and charity events.

8. We have a FAQ page where you can see our grading metric. Basically, I think anything above a B- is worth my money and time. Anything at a C+ and under, I’m glad I didn’t have to buy it.

9. If you want to send us your book, there is no guarantee that we are going to read it, BUT you are more likely to have someone read it if a) you send the book, b) you send a link to an excerpt and c) you send a good blurb.

10. Nearly everyday, I post some “industry news” which is a post about news around the internet that pertains to publishing or some other tidbit I find interesting and I think that the readership will find interesting. Some of the items I do on a regular basis are publishing deals that might interest the romance reader and summary of bestseller lists. You can see the headlines of the industry news in the sidebar to the right.

11. I try to do a new poll every day or every other day on a romance related issue. Look on the right sidebar.

12. You can subscribe to DearAuthor and gets the posts you want in your inbox (i.e., the preference page allows you to choose to only get reviews only if you want).

13. You can email me anytime about anything. I try to answer every email.

14. We only do giveaways for books we really love because it is kind of a labor for me and I don’t want to be doing it every week (although it kind of seems like that this past month).

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

11 Comments

  1. Shannon Stacey
    May 15, 2008 @ 12:54:55

    I love the first sale stories and find them so inspirational that every week I wish you posted those on Mondays (to kick start the work week) rather than on Fridays.

    Love the industry news, too.

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  2. Keri M
    May 15, 2008 @ 12:55:22

    Thanks for the good info! :-) Keri

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  3. Jia
    May 15, 2008 @ 12:58:48

    BUT you are more likely to have someone read it if a) you send the book, b) you send a link to an excerpt and c) you send a good blurb.

    I cannot emphasize point C enough. There are times when I just sit there and boggle at the book blurbs Jane forwards to us when we’re selecting books for review.

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  4. Janine
    May 15, 2008 @ 13:29:20

    BUT you are more likely to have someone read it if a) you send the book, b) you send a link to an excerpt and c) you send a good blurb.

    Well, I am going to emphasize point B. We almost never get links to excerpts, and excerpts are how I determine if I want to read a book. Sometimes when a blurb intrigues me, I will go hunt around on the web for an excerpt, but we get so many review requests that I just don’t have the time to do this for every single one.

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  5. Danielle
    May 15, 2008 @ 13:42:53

    I enjoy the reviews and “The First Sale” story. But my all time favorite was the battle of the eReaders. That’s what I called it.

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  6. Tumperkin
    May 15, 2008 @ 14:03:52

    I started off as a sporadic visitor and now this site is my first ‘check-in’ every day. You do a remarkable job of regularly posting fresh, interesting content. I don’t know how you do it – I’m in awe. I love the reviews. They’re professional and even-handed and I’d say I tend to agree with 50%plus of them, so you’re ‘my’ kind of readers.

    Oh and can I say I loved your copyright posts last year.

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  7. Shannon C.
    May 15, 2008 @ 15:14:45

    I really enjoy this site, particularly the professional presentation and the lively discussions, even though mostly I keep forgetting to check back and talk more frequently when things interest me.

    And as a newbie reviewer on a different group blog, I have to agree with the thing about blurbs. *LOL* I think half the time when I tell Sybil I’ll read something it’s because I read something in the blurb and wonder, “How the hell can point Z possibly relate to point Q?” And then I wonder why I don’t love more of what I read. :P

    Oh and lastly, I love the ebook talk. I really am fascinated by where the ebook market is headed and I love that it gets discussed here.

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  8. Meriam
    May 15, 2008 @ 15:32:42

    I enjoyed the battle of the e-readers, too. Thanks to you, I’m a convert.

    I love the approach you take to romance – holistic and measured. That you have reviewers with a wide range of preferences is also advantageous. I visit every day!

    Small note of dissent: would love it if your polls had a ‘neither’/ ‘none of the above’ option…

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  9. katiebabs
    May 15, 2008 @ 16:25:47

    Holy moley batman! You guys are sure popular and I am pleased as punch to add to those numbers everyday :D

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  10. Kristie(J)
    May 15, 2008 @ 18:33:51

    Huh! After all this time I did not know you did a poll! How could I have missed that? Is it new?
    Well – now that I know, I’ll be voting in it *g*

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