What Would You Like to See on Booklifenow.com?

I’m just back from my gargantuan five-week book tour (more on that soonish), and while I’m taking a little time off, I’d like to hear from you. What would you like to see addressed here? What subjects? What types of interviews and other features? We’ll return Friday with links and then resume regular posting, but until then…the forum is yours.

3 thoughts on “What Would You Like to See on Booklifenow.com?

  1. It would be interesting to see interviews with smaller presses, their take on the state of publishing and what they have to offer.

    Also, talk about how to utilize conventions, and the thoughts of authors, agents and people who have revolutionized the systems or made them work in new ways.

  2. Simply put – Input from other communities and genres, or more specifically, the writers (emerging and established), editors, agents, etc from other communities.

    I've watched the spate of recent short story debates (what is pro? pay or no pay; MWA's creation of an approved periodicals list) with interest because it's the rare issue that has raged across all of the communities like a wild fire. When I first read John Scalzi's post for example I thought to myself "here's a guy who knows nothing about the mystery/crime short story scene". And I wasn't surprised when some members of that community took exception with his position. Nick Mamatas's post breaking down the various markets by genre was probably revelatory for some.

    While surviving and thriving in this crazy business is one of the ties that bind the communities other issues rank differently. This was explored at my dining room table after the Baltimore event. We had an interesting discussion about some of the hot topic issues and how those issues are viewed, if at all, in the other community.

    I also think (anecdotally anyway) that Booklife hasn't made an impact yet at all in the mystery/crime community. I'd like to see Booklife reviewed by some of the emerging and mid-list writers in the community. Their perspectives on the book might be useful and also offer insight into how the online mystery/crime community works (which is different in some aspects then the SF/F community). Then once these writers have brought their readers into the Booklife fold the others perspectives can be gathered.

    Sure, there is probably a lot more to say, but that's a lot of rambling to just say — different perspectives from other communities.

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