Read a book recently? Do you, like me, LOVE books and stories?
If so, and you haven’t had the time to do this yet, go and rate the books you’ve enjoyed. It only takes a few seconds to do and, whether you realise it or not, it makes a difference.
These days, consumer-led assessment of quality affects everything – Tripadvisor is a brilliant example of this – and the publishing business is no different. Your rating of a book affects the purchasing choices of the people who come to a product after you. They’re much more likely to risk their hard-earned wages on something that other people have liked and rated before them.
Why is this important? Because it could mean the difference between an author staying an author or going back to her day job. This is as true for me as anyone else.
So, please, if you’ve got a spare moment, leave a rating of your favourite books and keep the people who write them in a job!
And, if you have several spare moments, go a step further and add a review to your rating. It all adds up to something.
As a film writer, the moving image has driven me for as long as I can remember. When my peers were reading comics (before they became ‘graphic novels’) I was at the cinema. I read Lord of the Rings…
Source: Mass Movement | My Life in Film – Jeremy Drysdale
When I was about ten, I gave up on Mallory Towers and got into The Rats. The idea that my own child might open a similar book at that age makes me shudder. And yet, it was the start of a reading jo…
Source: Mass Movement | My Life in Books – Joseph D’Lacey
For as long as anyone can remember, the Clowns and Humans of Blueville have co-existed peacefully. Sure, each species thinks the other is a little weird but that’s never been something to fig…
Source: Clown Wars: Blood and Aspic by Joseph D’Lacey & Jeremy Drysdale | The Eloquent Page
Skeleton Leaves: A Collection by Helen Marshall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was extremely fortunate to receive a copy of this – one of only 150 printed – from Chris Roberts, the talented artist who illustrated it. It was signed both by him and the author, and that on its own makes it a unique and special book.
Marshall has an exquisite instinct for communicating imagery and uses it to convey one lingering impression after another. This is a very readable and affecting collection – and it stays with you, the surest sign of fine work.
The only shame is that I haven’t read J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan, the novel from which this tribe of poems takes much of its inspiration. And yet, despite that deficiency on my part, I think I picked up on a lot of the emotions the collection exposes.
Reading Skeleton Leaves prompted me to rethink what good poetry is: the sharing of secrets we already know.
Get yourself a copy before they’re all gone.
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