Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Your book can be reviewed by a young adult...



Months ago, I submitted Vallar to a site that reviews books and all the reviewers are teenagers. It's called Flamingnet.com. They are an Amazon associate, which means if they sell a book through their site they get a small percentage, but they donate the money to libraries. So they're not a commercial site.

Since Ian Connors is 16 years old in Vallar, I decided to submit to them because it could be considered a young adult book. The funny thing is that when I wrote Vallar I used simpler language on purpose because it's told from the viewpoint of a 16 year old. I had one crit partner who would flog me if I used too big of words saying "A 16 year old doesn't think like that" However from this review, it makes me wonder if I could have been much more complicated. Kids these days are so smart and they also notice everything...as you will see if you read the review I got from one smart kid. 

Vallar review at Flamingnet.  


At least he or she wants a sequel. That pretty much tells me he liked it.

So here you go fellow writers. It takes awhile, but you can get a review here. In case you're wondering, they don't post the reviews to Amazon. However, it's fun and it's for a good cause.


In other news: I won the Grumpy Bulldog's blog fest last Friday. Wee! Thank you Bulldog. Just for you, I found this picture. Bulldogs can and do run after all.



Charge!

6 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on the win!

Grumpy Bulldog, Secret Agent said...

Poor bulldog having to run on those stubby legs. But maybe there's a nice bone waiting for him.

Jay Noel said...

That's a really cool way to get reviews from a targeted audience.

And congrats on the win!

Michael Offutt, Supra-Genius said...

Congratulations on the win. I'm announcing my winner on Thursday and not saying who won...but you may be awash in Amazon gift certificates very soon.

Rusty Webb said...

I wrote a story told from the perspective of an 11 year old once and got called out for using words that an 11 year old would never know. I ignored them though, I knew words like that when I was a kid. It's not like you wake up one day and you just have a grown up vocabulary, if you are a kid that reads then you know stuff adults don't think you know.

Anyway, congrats again on your prize.

CherylAnne Ham said...

Interesting site! I agree with Rusty. Young readers have amazing vocabularies. My son is nine and I never "dumb down" my word choices when I speak with him. If he doesn't understand a word I've used then I explain it to him. And you're right. Kids are smart and they know when you're holding back, though I don't think you did that with Vallar. I'm off to go read the teen review and see what they had to say.