Friday, January 29, 2010

Feedback Friday

My favorite feedback for this week came from a reader named Patricia who must think a lot like me. She sent in great comments for three different Heartsongs:
  • About God Gave the Song by Kathleen E. Kovach she said, “I loved the setting of the alpaca ranch! It was so unique and informative.”
  • About Always Ready by Susan Page Davis she said, “This is the first book I’ve ever read with the Coast Guard featured. I learned a lot and loved it.”
  • And about Sweet Harmony by Janice Hanna she said, “I didn’t think I would like this one because Tangie is so different, but I LOVED it!”
Patricia has hit the nail on the head with three of the key things I look for in a great Heartsong—unique settings, unique occupations, and/or unique characters. I love to learn new things about a setting or occupation or get to know a new type of character, and these authors did a great job with these elements. Be sure to check these great books out for yourselves!


Susan Page Davis said...

I love to hear from readers--those comment sheets in the back of the Heartsong books were a stroke of genius. They are usually encouraging. Writing the Coast Guard story in Always Ready educated me, too. My brother is a retired Coast Guard skipper and I found I knew very little about his duties or the equipment he used when he served in Alaska. What a thrill to go there and meet his former captain and tour the ship docked in Homer. I hope Patricia will stick around for the rest of the series. I learned a lot about dog sledding and polar bears, too!

Kathy Kovach... said...

I'm with Susan. Hearing from the readers helps me to understand what they really want. I had a blast writing about alpacas. Entering that world was like stepping onto another planet, and fyi, the humans were not the ones who ruled. lol I, also, have two more in this series. Thanks for your encouraging comments, Patricia! Stay tuned to learn about lighthouses in Crossroads Bay, and then about a raptor rescue center in Fine Feathered friend.

donnarobinson said...

Congrats to Kathy! (my crit partner).

And readers, do fill out those little questionnaire papers in the back of the Heartsong books, especially if you really liked a book. It helps the editors and the authors get a feel for their readership.