Monday, June 8, 2009

FAQs about Online Book Buzz, Reviews, and Fanfic

Do you read online reviews / buzz about your own books?
Honestly? No. Since announcing my intentions to quit last August, I have not googled myself or my books, and I do not get google alerts. I do not read reviews on Amazon or other book sites. If someone emails me or comments on my blog with a link to anything concerning my books, I almost never follow the link. It's not that I don't appreciate that people are writing reviews and spreading buzz -- I'm hugely grateful, because online dialog brings readers to my books. And I think it's very nice of people to drop me a line and let me know. But I don't involve myself. I've learned it's better for my writing process, my sanity, and my happiness to avoid it. (Besides, I get a ton of feedback without looking for it -- my friends and publishers are on the ball and keep me informed of what people are saying -- so I generally have a sense of what's going on out there without seeking it out myself.)

I do usually (though not always) read reviews if my editor or publicity department sends them to me. Those ones tend to be the ones in major review journals, and are hard to ignore. And, okay, I'll admit that occasionally I stumble across a review in the blogosphere by accident, but it's only when one of the few sites on my own reader runs a review of one of my books. (I have to say, it always gives me a slight heart attack when I open my reader and see one of my book covers in a post that I didn't write!) These are the only exceptions.

What is your stance on fanfiction/slash, particularly of your worlds/characters?
*smile* I rarely read and never write fanfic, and I would certainly never want to read fanfic about my characters or worlds (talk about a link I wouldn't follow!). But I quite like the concept, I'm glad people in the world are writing fanfic, and I don't care what fanfiction writers do with my characters and worlds, as long as I don't have to read it. Actually, I'll go a step further -- I think I'd find it flattering and fun to hear that my characters had entered the world of fanfic.

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Speaking of the blogs I read regularly, fyi, Rebecca Rabinowitz has some interesting posts recently on disability terminology, fatpol picture books, and, *ahem* topping and bottoming in YA lit. Check it out!

11 comments:

tinkandalissa said...

Love that you are always answering questions from your readers!
Hope your center is still holding...

itdependsontheday said...

i cant write fanfic with ur books cause its not allowed on fanfiction.com. is there anything u can do about that?

Nina said...

Oh, gosh. When you said "topping and bottoming," I wrongly assumed that was some writer lingo for book sale ranks. So that was kind of mortifying... not because I'm a prude, or anything, but because my mother was in the room.
That aside, it's a really interesting question. I don't think I've ever considered the top/bottom issue when reading a book.

kristin cashore said...

J, please don't take it personally that I removed your comment -- it contained a plot spoiler with no warning to readers. Nina, I'm so sorry that happened (please feel free to apologize to your mother, too, ahem) -- but I do have to thank you for giving me a good laugh! Itdependsontheday, I don't know anything about that, sorry. And Alissa, thanks :o)

Renay said...

Is it wrong to respond to other comments here that are not the author? I am such a threaded comment girl, I have no clue about rules in other systems. :(

Meanwhile, to itdependsontheday re: Graceling fanfic on FF.net. It's not that FF.net doesn't allow it, but that the category doesn't exist yet and someone has to request the category be added. Once it exists, then I'm sure it will fill up fast. I keep getting tons of "graceling fanfic" referrals via Google on my journal, so there's definitely a market for it?

(haha, Kristin, sorry for hijacking your comments to promote my desire for a Graceling fandom! It sounds like you're okay with it, though, which is pretty awesome. >.>)

kristin cashore said...

Renay, absolutely -- I encourage it!

Jen said...

Questions:
What Graceling character is most like you?

How many people would you consider your best friend?

What's your favorite color and why?

Am I the J you refer to in your comment? Sorry if I am.

How did write effect your life and did you like the change?

I feel stupid for asking these questions. Sorry for wasting your time.

kristin cashore said...

Jen, please don't worry. I only answer questions when I want to and when I have the time, so it's never a waste! I've added yours to my list.

shara said...

Hello.

My name is Shara. I'm an MA/MFA children's lit. student at Simmons College, and I'll be attending the month-long symposium-- "Crimes and Misdemeanors"-- this summer.

People have been buzzing about /Graceling/ since I started the program last fall, and I finally had a chance to read it about a month ago.

Since then, it's become one of my favorites. I read it in about 4 hours because I couldn't put it down and have since recommended it to anyone who will hear me. It's been a long time since I felt that way about a book.

I work for Borders, particularly in the children's department, and try to hand sell it every day. I'll be cruising the store, going about my business when, sure enough, along comes Mom and Daughter looking for something new for summer reading. "Any recommendations?" they ask.... "I have just the thing." :o)

Then today, I was surfing around for children's books being optioned for films when I stumbled across your blog. Just thought I would jump on and leave you a comment. I look forward to meeting you this summer.

Until then, keep the wonderful writing coming. You're terrific.

Thanks!
-- Shara

cindy said...

you are a strong strong woman!!

kristin cashore said...

Hi Shara, welcome, and thanks!

Cindy -- trust me, I learned it the hard way. :( And life is so much more peaceful now that I'm not trying to figure out what people think of me all the time. Screw that. I have a book to write. Y'know?