On Sunday we started a giveaway asking for input from DA Readership and we really appreciate the comments. Not all of the suggestions are things that we can undertake to improve today, but they provide aspirational goals for the site. However, there are some changes we can implement right away. First, though, our winner.
Laura P says:
August 7, 2011 at 11:08 pm
I agree, reviews searchable by author would be nice.
Congratulations, Laura P. Remember that commenting throughout the month of August will enter you to win the September Kindle 3G with Special Offers.
On to the changes. For content, I heard that readers would like to see the following:
- summary posts of what we are reading
- shorter, quicker reviews of books that don’t get longer reviews
- more consistent tagging.
- Genre (Historical, Contemporary, SFF, PNR, Erotic)
- Broad sub genre (m/m romance, BDSM romance)
- Professions of characters
- Type of plot (police procedural, friends to lovers, etc.)
Coming Soon Catalog
Index of Reviews
I have someone working on this and we should be able to generate some kind of index of reviews by November.
I have an idea about this and am working with someone to create a form that authors can fill out and then it will populate a new page that readers can use to search backlist titles.
We are going to create a reviewer page for each reviewer that will contain a brief bio, books that they are reading, and a bulleted list of all the books they’ve reviewed here at Dear Author. Hopefully that will debut in the end of September.
That’s all for now folks. There were other great ideas but those will have to wait until 2012 to be implemented.