Another Test For Sanchin

I’ve just uploaded Sanchin onto YouWriteOn.com. I haven’t got my head round it at all yet, so I’m not sure how it works. But my book is up there and I have my first reading assignment.

I’m keen to see what kind of reviews it gets on there. It’s all been good on Authonomy so far, and I’ve learnt a lot from some of the comments. I’ve made a few changes too, based on what some of the people have suggested. It’s a great place to learn and I’m hoping I will be able to say the same about You Write On.

I have to confess, I’m not that great at the self promotion thing though. I enjoy reading and commenting on other people’s writing, but I’m not good at asking them to read mine in return.

With You Write On I don’t have to do that. From what I can gather, you choose 5 categories you’d like to read from when you first join up and then you’re randomly given a book to read and review from a chosen genre.

For every book you read and comment on, you earn a review for your own book. At least that’s how I think it works. I’ll know more when I’ve had more time to study it.

I’m going to go and have a nosy round on there now and then do a bit more editing on the proof copy of Sanchin before bed.

2 thoughts on “Another Test For Sanchin”

  1. Brave you! I haven’t put my book up there yet, just a few short stories to “test the waters.” and I still haven’t quite figured out how the whole credit thingy works.

    My reservations are similar to yours – all reviews are from other writers also wanting reviews. So it all feels a bit… desperate?

    I have two other fears – first of all my experience of a room for of “artists” critiqueing each other is that things can very quickly turn b*tchy. Readers want to be entertained and they want you to improve so that you’ll entertain them more. But writers??? Some writers may want you to improve, may want to help, but let’s face it – there will be others who do not want anyone becoming better than them. And those people will try to put you down.

    The second fear, which I’m already noticing at YouWriteOn as I read other reviews, is that people get “nit picky”. They start noticing every teeny weeny grammar or punctuation error, etc. Not even the world’s greatest get it right – as someone pointed out to me. There are errors in great literature, there are errors in Harry Potter. Too much nit-picking and you’ll kill off all the natural flow of the story.

    As for reviewing myself… one was truly BAD and I didn’t want to hurt the writer but… it was really hard to reply to them. On the plus side I read two book bits that made me want to dash out and buy the book.

    1. Karen says:

      Hi again Michelle,

      I couldn’t have put it better myself. I’m not sure why I torture myself by getting other writers to review my work. So far, touch wood, I haven’t had anyone say anything bad about my book but I’m way too sensitive, even to constructive criticism.

      My biggest problem is my lack of confidence. I probably take everyone’s comments too much to heart and start fiddling with things that, to a reader, wouldn’t be a problem. After a review today I’ve been trying to tweak a chapter and it’s just not working. Maybe it’s time to start trusting my instincts a bit more. That and follow your blog for some good ‘authorly’ advice 😀

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