After experimenting with a spoiler-full discussion board on the GH website and asking various people for feedback about that, it is clear to me that I haven’t yet found a configuration that works. I’m trying to decide whether to scrap the idea all together, or to try something new.
I would like to have a place where people would feel comfortable asking questions about GH and my other novels, and more important still, where people might actually discuss the work. This is pretty self-serving, I’m happy to admit: it’s both useful and interesting to see how readers interpret what I write, what confuses them or works for them. Of course the fact that it is a board that I set up means that some people won’t be comfortable voicing their opinions, no matter how clearly I say that I do not take offense at constructive criticism offered in a mutually respectful setting.
So you see my dilemma. Thus we have yet another poll (a double one, this time) that I hope people will take a few moments to respond to. It would be a great help to me. You are welcome to make additional remarks in the comments, but that is by no means necessary.
If you chose the first answer in this first poll, you’re finished — and thank you. If you chose the second or third, please go on to the next poll.
I believe that I have finally sent off all the books and bits and pieces various people won in the giveaways leading up to the release of The Gilded Hour. If you are one of those people and have not received a package by the end of this coming week, please shout and I will send out the hounds to track the package.
And thanks to everybody who participated in the various contests. Your support means the world.
The news: I have finally got the discussion forum up and working on The Gilded Hour wiki-ish website, and I’m pleased with it. It seems fairly easy to use. What I’m hoping is that those of you who have read the novel might be willing to venture over there and register. Nothing complicated about it, but you need to register to participate. And I’d like you to participate because I’m going to start discussions I think you will find interesting. For example, I would love to know if readers have any ideas on who is responsible for the unsolved deaths (something you will, of course, find out in the sequel — but right now I’m curious about your impressions and thoughts).
And of course, you can start interesting discussions, too. You can ask me anything about the novel on the forum, but some questions I won’t be able to answer. Sometimes I’ll ask you to answer, because the answer is there in the text, but not obvious.
And to get all of this off to a good start, I have one last GH giveaway to announce. Watch this space.