No matter how well a project rolls along it’s always important to get a reader’s perspective from outside our perfectly structured bubbles. Unfortunately, relying on friends and family for constructive criticism isn’t the best way to strengthen a weakness. Someone who likes you is probably too nice to be a critic, no matter how many times you tell them to be “honest”. Remember those drawings mom put on the fridge?
In the first week of May Penguin held the soft launch of Book Country – “a place to discover and share fiction”, and the reception from writers has been warm, if not hot.
So, the question is: What makes Book Country different from all the other communities out there?
Two features stand out to me: 1) a dedication to having ACTIVE community members, and 2) clear-cut ideas about genre. (Of course the best thing to do is check it out for yourself - Click here for a link to Book Country.)
It's probably the demand for members to be active that makes Book Country stand out. Anyone looking for self-promotion without engaging in the constructive criticism of others are not welcome, assuring an "earnestly interactive" community. Members must must review 3 contributions before their work becomes visible.
Prefer the "in-person" approach to writing groups? The library offers a free creative writing club program that meets once a month on Monday evenings. Next meeting is May 16! Register here.