Monday, July 15, 2019

What Helen Read #38: June 2019

As I'm putting this together, I can't believe it's July already. The first half of the year has just flown by for me. There was crazy, manic work, some family related travel, a bit more work, and then settling back home, and of course, the eye surgery. What a nutty six months it's been. I'm looking forward to the rest of the year and hoping our plans do not go awry. What do you have planned for the second half of the year? Anything exciting?

Here's what Helen read for the last month.

Monday, July 8, 2019

What Deanna Read #41: June 2019

Yeah, this getting this post out late is getting to be a habit but I have a very good reason this time. I had eye surgery towards the end of June and I needed time to recover. I wasn't certain how long things would take to settle down so I planned a few reviews earlier in the month first so that the bloggity was covered in my absence. My eyes were extremely blurry for the first few days and will continue to be blurry for the next two to six weeks until things stabilize. In the meantime, I am reading on my Kindle with a GIANT font. And I mean GIANT. Because I cannot see with a regular sized font. My Steve calls it my "granny font". LOL. I kinda like it. Anyway, from the first check up I had with my doctor, my eyes are healing nicely.

Here's what I read for the month.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Bully romance, why do readers love it?

Girl being bullied

A little while ago, I wrote a post about bully romance when it first became popular. I was trying to wrap my head around the whole concept of the trend. I've done more research into it since that post because I genuinely wanted to understand why such a dark theme is so popular and has struck such a chord with readers.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Publishing and readers' expectations are a-changing

Girl in bath reading

A little while ago I posted in a book group about buying books from authors when they are published (whether the reader reads them right away or not) as opposed to waiting till the series is complete. The post was focused solely on books that are a part of a series and that impacts an author or a publisher. The response was varied and I won't go into any detail about it here because that's not the point of this post. I will, however, share what I wrote below.

Quote: I see a lot of people (in the book group) commenting that they only want completed series and don't buy the books or read the books until the series is complete. Here's a perspective from the point of view of the author or the publisher, and this applies regardless of whether it's indie or trad pub. If all readers decide not to buy a book in a series or read it until the series is complete, this means that the book will have little to no sales or page reads. If the book does not do well, then the author and publisher do not make money. At the end of the day, no matter how much authors love writing, they need to make a living. If there are no sales or no page reads, there is no income for the author or the publisher. I can't begin to tell you how many times I have seen authors and publishers stop writing and publishing a series because of lack of sales or reads regardless of how good it is. It's just not worth their while. So waiting till a series is complete = no sales = no page reads = no income for authors and publishers = books or series being pulled before they are complete. Consider this the next time you decide to wait on a series when a new book is released.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

What Helen Read #37: May 2019

I seem to be running a little behind right now. So yeah, a little late on this too. Sigh. But upside, I had a fab day yesterday when friends came over in the afternoon and we had a mega afternoon tea with a fire lit in the fire pit throwing off some lovely flames and warmth. I tell you what though. A year in over 40 degree Celsius heat and it has ruined me for winter. Our winters here are mild but I'm feeling every bit of it and I'm struggling with the cold this time round. I keep complaining about being cold. So how have you been?

Here's what Helen read for the last month.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

What Deanna Read #40: May 2019

My apologies for being slack this week. I know, I know. This post is late. So sorry. I have no excuse. I'm still enjoying being home and not working my butt off so I'm taking a lot of time to chill out. Steve and I are also on a health kick and we are trying to get our health back which really suffered while we were away and working so hard. Lots of time spent exercising. Geez, why can't getting healthy and losing weight require less effort? The lazy person in me protests!!

Here's what I read for the month.