So, got the first review on the eArticle I published today on Smashwords. The article is
Giving it Away : Spoilers as Both Noun & Accusation
(Why Book Reviews Matter & How to Write a Proper One)
Review by: David H. Keith on March 19, 2013 :
I found this book timely, although a bit vague and short on specifics. I’m not knocking the book – it’s only some 5100 words long, after all – but simply saying Baeli could have done more with it even if that entailed a much larger book.
I think the topic itself – writing thoughtful reviews – is certainly something that needs addressing and I applaud Baeli for beginning that conversation. I hope she expands it into something a new reviewer can keep readily to hand just as one should a good dictionary or manual for one’s primary job.
David H. Keith
I wanted to write to the reviewer, David H. Keith, and thank him, but most of his links don’t work, and could not find any contact info for him elsewhere…so thought i would respond here.
First, if you find this, thanks for your review, David. Next, let me just point out that it wasn’t a “book” I published, but an article which was necessarily brief. I wish I had had the time to commit to expanding the idea, but I’ve been very busy writing full-length books, ironically. LOL. And nonfiction is something I’m trying to spend less time on, as I’ve made a commitment to fiction for now. As for the article being vague–not sure what was vague about it, but I suppose you can’t please everyone, which is something i mentioned, again ironically, in the article to which David refers.
Nonetheless, I’m glad he was able to eke out some value in the article, and I appreciate his taking time to jot off a review. Stay tuned. This is shaping up to be an expanding discussion. One can only hope it gains meme status, so that hard-working authors can be treated with the respect they deserve.