So here we are, back in the full swing of things after a nice long holiday. A lot of blogs I follow have been talking about New Year’s resolutions and what they’ve got planned for the new year. Which has got me to thinking about what I want to accomplish in the new year.
If you’d have asked me back in December, it would be an easy answer: finish writing all three phases of my Tapestry Project, and publish most of it. That’s the focus, though I have another novella on the backburner I’d love to put out this year too. But as of late, I’ve had some creative issues with this project, and need to re-evaluate–but more on that on Wednesday.
In the meantime, I’m thinking about what I want to do with this blog. A while ago I announced a change in focus/schedule, and it’s working pretty well for me. I’ll still go with a Publishing/Reading/Industry post on Mondays, a Writing/Creativity post on Wednesdays, and the occasional Indie Review or Indie Interview on Fridays.
But…that’s where the change will come this year.
If you’ve been following me, you know that last week I posted four separate reviews of Indie work. I had a blast reading all these stories, and reviewing them, too. That, along with some advice and encouragement from indie writer friends, has got me convinced that I’ve hit upon something. I enjoy reviews, and I’m good at it; and as I want to do what I can to support the Indie community, I think this is a good way to go.
So in the coming year, expect to see more of a focus on reviewing Indie work. There’s a wealth of it, and it deserves to be talked about. Most importantly, one of the most difficult things about self publishing is Getting Out There–it’s challenging to be heard among the thousands of voices that clamour for a reader’s attention. I hope I can help promote some of these wonderful authors, and in my own small way, increase their visibility.
Another important note: I’m going to concentrate on reviews that I’d consider “3+ Stars.” This is mostly because I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like to say anything if I can’t say anything nice–but also because there’s an enormous amount of (frankly) sub-par work floating in the aether, and I want to focus on giving attention to those who deserve it. I won’t be reviewing first draft, hastily published fanfic, because that’s not what I want to focus on.
That said, there is a lot of solid writing out there that may not bet great, but still deserves a review–either because it’s a great effort that needs more work, or it’s just not the best offering of an otherwise good author. I’ll still look at some of these works, but will likely compile them into a group of others for a quick look in a single post. It’s also worth noting that, as an objective person, I won’t always enjoy a book that’s otherwise very well written because it’s not to my taste–and those books deserve attention too.
Look for more information–and more reviews!–coming soon to Speaking to the Eyes. I hope you’ll enjoy the journey!