Online reviews are incredible things. This age of the interwebs has really changed the nature of feedback - even just when I started working at the bookstore, mumble-mumble years ago, it didn't really exist in the same manner. Or at least, what was there wasn't nearly as pervasive. I remember watching the onset of online reviews and seeing them become all the more important, and now all of those reviews are tucked in your phone, if you want them.
It's pretty amazing.
Similarly, if you think about authors getting feedback from readers and how rare that would be. An actual letter, perhaps, redirected through the publisher? Or, of course, someone taking a moment to speak to the author after a reading or a signing. An article in a newspaper or a magazine might have professional reviews.
I say all this in awe, because even though Light isn't actually released for two more days, I'm finding new reviews on what seems like a daily basis. People are dropping notes to me, via e-mail or on my author Facebook page or this blog, and it's just incredible. I'm quite humbled and quite happy and I'm really quite damned lucky that I've got such wonderful friends (be they met virtually or face-to-face) around the world.
If nothing else, this experience has reminded me of just how important it is to write a review of something when I've enjoyed it.
Oh, and speaking of face-to-face, another quick reminder that the official launch party will be at After Stonewall here in Ottawa, so if you're local and available on October 24th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, RSVP at the link there and get ready for some wonderful wine and lovely nibbles. And maybe a book will be discussed and read from or something.
"The Life Span of the 21st Century Crush (A Cautionary Tale)," by Lisa Mrock
Oh how I grinned my way through this.
Mrock's tale from Friend. Follow. Text.: #storiesFromLivingOnline is a jewel of a piece. Explaining on a month-by-month basis the journey of a contemporary crush over the space of seven months, and how enabled (encouraged?) we are by this digital age to look without touching, and to court without introducing ourselves.
Because, really, it's so easy to overlook issues when you can glance at the Facebook photos and know - just know - that this guy needs someone to snuggle with. You can tell "wounded" when you read a blog.
This piece has a self-deprecating humor to it that was absolutely refreshing.