Category Archives: Polls & Surveys

Poll: What Would You Ask a Reviewer?

Last week, I wrote about my Bouchercon 2017 Panel: Reviewers Recommend. Thanks to all who took the time to respond. I’ve created a poll with some of those suggestions. Please select the top 3 questions YOU would like answered. Poll closes on September 7 at noon EST. And if you can, please share this post on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Thanks!

Poll Results for Book Reviews: Do You or Don’t You?

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Book Reviews: Do you or don’t you (a poll)

Reviews-of-smallcarBIGCITY1Do you post reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters.Indigo or Goodreads? If you’re an author, the answer is probably “yes.” That’s because, as an author, you know the value of a review. But what if you’re “just” a reader? (I should clarify that there is really is no “just” about it—without readers, there isn’t much point in writing anything—including this post).

The thing is, reviews mean a lot to authors. More than a lot, if we’re being honest (and you know me…honest to a fault). This isn’t just ego-boosting—though the thrill of seeing a 5-star review never gets old, at least to this author—it’s that reviews help to sell a book. Think about it. A friend tells you that “You have to read this book.” You look on Amazon or Goodreads and it has two reviews. Are you as keen to plunk down your hard-earned money as you might have been if there had been 15? What about 50? 100?  The reality is, reviews matter.

Of course, the hope is that every review will be a great review, but that’s unrealistic. Even bestselling novels like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn had a few 1-star reviews (“Worst ending ever,” “Sorry I wasted my money,” “I want my money back.”)

So this post, and poll, is all about reviews. Why you leave them and why you don’t. I’ll share the results on Friday, October 28th after 12:00 noon EST.

Thanks for participating…and for all of you who post reviews, THANK YOU! Your opinion really does matter.

News, Views & Clues Newsletter & Poll


I’m just putting the finishing touches on my first newsletter of 2016.

If you’re not on my newsletter subscriber list (because of anti-SPAM laws, the “Follow blog by email” and “Newsletter” are separate opt-in lists), you can sign up here. Remember, you can always unsubscribe (though of course I’d miss you). In the meantime, I’ve created a Newsletter poll. There’s even a space for you to include personalized comments.

Thanks, as always, for your support on my writing journey. I couldn’t do it without you (well, maybe I could, but what fun would that be?)

Poll: Social Media Survey

9de34801380555a988bcd61ee2a7b94fI’m going to let you in on a secret: the best part of being an author is writing—even when the words don’t flow, even when we’d rather be golfing (well, okay, maybe not then but you get the idea).

The hardest thing for authors to do (at least, for this author) is self-promotion, especially at a time when social media is all-encompassing, and our inboxes are quickly filled up with more of the same.

The thing is, marketing is part of the deal, and there are only so many hours in the day, so as authors we carefully select our particular social media channels—and hope for the best.  Some of those selections prove to be pretty good choices; others not so much.

This poll is designed to get your feedback. Please vote, and then, if you’re willing,  share it on YOUR social media platforms. The final results will be posted here on May 26th at noon EST.

Thank you!

Poll: Where do you like to read and write?

Recently, several members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society debated the best places to write. That discussion prompted me to create these polls: one for writers and one for readers; if you’re both, by all means vote in each poll, and have fun with it. I’d love to see some creative “other” responses!

Polls close at 12:00 EST on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, after which time the final results will be posted here. 



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Coming Friday, March 18: An interview with Colleen Shogan, author of Washington, DC- based mystery, STABBING IN THE SENATE.

Which Video Do You Prefer?

Great fun! A business colleague of mine created these two 10-second videos for me.  Which one do you prefer? Poll closes January 15, 2016 11:59 p.m. EST.

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