It’s Day 368 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I received some feedback on my fiction –– Seasons of Her Soul. A family member shared the book with a someone and she in turn shared the feedback with me. I’m keeping the names anonymous but would really like to hear your thoughts if you’ve read the book. That’s it really since I’m way beyond my work day limit –– I worked on the sequel, Hold On Her Heart, until almost 8pm! That’s so not adhering to the 5pm quitting time I set for myself! Still, I’ll probably take a peek at any responses to feedback on below and your own thoughts on my first fiction attempt – Seasons of Her Soul.
Sooo. The book! The cover threw me off as it looked like it would be a lightweight, yucky, typical romance novel. I know that a TON of people LOVE romances but I’m not a fan of the genre. So, I was pleasantly surprised with the book! It had depth and true to life scenarios that were more real than trite. ( a pleasant surprise!) I thought Tammi dealt honestly with the Christian life. We who claim to be saved are certainly not perfect and we are all very complicated beings. She managed to depict the duplicity in Christian hearts without being too Goody Two Shoes or fake. It’s certainly a different life than that of a worldly person seeking to satisfy only the here and now. So, yes! I appreciated and enjoyed the book! Thank you! ( the one thing I felt a negative was what I perceived to be a change in writing style toward the end of the book….when Keith appeared on site to help Lee after her surgery. That portion seemed to be more syrupy than the other parts…but I really think it probably appealed most of all to lovers of Christian Romance. She has a niche and kind of has to be in tune to what her readers want. Also she had to end the book! I just found her writing style at that point to feel more rushed and gushy. BUT?…kudos to Tammi for eliminating all sex! So many writers feel the need to throw in a scene or two just because they’ve been told that sex sells books. I disagree. Don’t get me wrong….I’m not opposed to sex in books when it is a necessary and integral part of the story. I just have an aversion to sex scenes that are obviously included only to sell a book.) Ok…I know …you didn’t ask for a critique …but you got one! Thanks much for the loan.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose debut novelist, I can’t express how much I appreciate everything in this critique. In fact, the author reached out and we’re having a phone meeting to discuss. I look forward to her elaborating…And just so you know, I agree for the most part. The end is a little rushed because my publisher and I were trying to shorten the length, and if it does get “syrupy” in the end that’s because the beginning was full of heartache and hurt and I wanted it to finish full of healing and hope. Restoration and redemption. That said, even if I didn’t agree at all, I truly want to continue to grow, learn and improve…all for His glory.
I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and shoot me a line with your feedback if you’ve read the book. If you haven’t please check it out below and let me know what you think. Thanks so much!
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It’s Day 258 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and in order to get the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic final Swan logo and business card submitted for a deadline, I tweaked the final design before church and teaching Zumba this morning. I knew I wouldn’t have time afterward because of a family birthday party. Though I’ve worked on it for a while, somehow, I was still down to the wire to get them back for Saturday’s “Overcoming the Fear Factor” workshop (Please see event page at http://www.highheeledsuccess.com for info). You wouldn’t think that would be the case after I had my epiphany a few months ago and realized the Swan was the ideal image to represent my coaching agency. At that time I reached out to you readers for feedback. You kindly responded and concurred that it would be perfect. Then I solicited more feedback as I went through the design process. I’m happy to report that I was able to incorporate much of your input and what I couldn’t was largely due to formatting challenges. My hubby ended up being my last sounding board as I communicated with the designer from hotel rooms while in Chicago this week. And as is often the case, he pleasantly surprised me with his good eye and attention to detail. He became vested and seems pleased as I am with the outcome. Things may evolve as my business grows, but for now I’m excited to roll out the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic final Swan logo and business card this weekend and here with you.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic entrepreneur, I have very strong opinions about my brand and its look and feel. I want the logo, business cards, blog, books, and even decor at events to be consistent and recognizable as Pink Collar Savvy & Chic. Even so, I value collaboration and believe good things can become better when multiple perspectives are provided. Furthermore, and more importantly, I want all of the above to appeal to you – my target audience. What good is it if I love everything about my brand but you don’t? Hearing that you think the Seasons of Her Soul book cover is gorgeous means a lot to me, and if it makes you want to read it, that’s even better. Likewise, I’m hopeful that the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic final Swan logo and business cards will communicate what I do and can offer to Pink Collar Swans, like you!
That said, I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and weigh in on the final design once more. Thank you!
It’s Day 331 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and since technical difficulties have prevented me from posting pictures the last few days, I’m requesting feedback on a book signing flier I created today. After a weekend with Zumba, church, more Zumba, and an impromptu lunch/coaching session with a client to address some challenges with her staff, I looked forward to a collaboration meeting this morning. I’ll probably share about that in another post…Following that, I met with the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic owner of our local coffee shop to finalize a date for a Seasons of Her Soul book signing. While I’m still on track to have a signing for my debut novel at a local bookstore, I’m just as excited about this opportunity. Coffee Beans & Brew – www.coffeebeansandbrew.com – prides itself on “Star Quality, Less Bucks!” and feeling like home. And they deliver on both counts. Often my coaching sessions take place in the comfy space and it has been a long time remote working spot fave ever since I relocated to the area in 2006 – soon after their doors first opened. Because I would like the event hosted in the shop I love so well to be successful, I’d appreciate an feedback on this book signing flier.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose new author, I’m still learning things about the marketing side of things every day. That being the case, I sent my first version of the flier to my publisher who suggested some tweaks. When I sent the revised version, she still found room for improvement. Consequently, I’d love to know if you – readers and hopefully a few attendees – see anything else. I’m totally open and believe value is added with multiple perspectives. Writing and publishing the book really are only the first steps in the process. Engaging with readers, including getting your input is ongoing. And if you consider yourself a Seasons of Her Soul fan, the feedback is even better!
Will you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and help a newbie author out with some much needed feedback? Thanks so much!
It’s Day 282 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and tonight I was the recipient of critical acclaim and constructive critiques; thankfully, I can see the benefits of both. Throughout my busy day of taking care of not so fun professional tasks and awesome life coaching, I looked forward to tonight’s writing group. Last month I stepped up to try and fill the large shoes of the former secretary who’d served in the role faithfully for many years. After getting my first newsletter out earlier this week, I then tweaked the outline for Hold on Her Heart, the sequel to my debut novel right before the meeting. Upon arrival, one talented member, who I know is a discerning reader, let me know how impactful Seasons of Her Soul is for her. Next the visitor she brought surprised me by saying she’s on chapter five. For someone who’s dreamed of being published since I was six, it doesn’t get much better than that! But it did – when a gentleman who served as a beta reader and was a bit critical of the test manuscript shared with the group that he enjoyed the book! This critical acclaim held me in good stead when my outline received less than stellar feedback. Much as I value the optimism about the book I’ve already published – it bolsters me to keep writing – I embrace the opportunity to improve the next one – and my writing – based on constructive critiques. There are benefits to both.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author who is continually honing my craft, I will take the constructive criticism and revise the outline to address the issues. Then I’ll take it back to the group next month – 2x! We’re having our regular meeting and an extra one where other local writing groups (including one I used to belong to) are invited to join us. I’m proud to be able to say I’m maturing as a writer – and a person – because rather than finding the prospect of sharing my work in front of additional people daunting, I’m stoked about hearing even more perspectives. Be their feedback of the critical acclaim or the critique kind – I’m ready for it because both are beneficial.
How Pink Collar Savvy & Chic are you about accepting critical acclaim? How about constructive critique? How beneficial do you find them? How can you use both to spur you on to produce your best on the home front or the workplace?