From Swoon HQ: It's Never the Wrong Time to Read!Swoon Reads Staff
Hey there, Swooners!
Now that another Read Month is over and we have so much AMAZING feedback from all of you, we're starting our selection process for all manuscripts that were submitted before January 6 (and we. are. so. STOKED.). But we wanted to post a quick reminder that our next selection period will be here before you know it!
New submissions have continued to roll in since the deadline, and we still need your insight on which ones you think should be published. Even just one or two meaningful comments can make all the difference. So even though another Read Month is technically over, we hope you'll continue to read, rate and comment as much as you can! It's never too early to start helping to build up those early favorites of yours for the new season!
In case you're new to the neighborhood, here are some tips to keep in mind:
As a Writer
Spread the word on social — If you’re looking to get more eyeballs on your manuscript, ask your social media followers—whether they’re on Facebook, Twitter, or elsewhere—to read and comment on your manuscript! Social media is a great place to start when you’re looking for more reads and more feedback; just remember to ask nicely.
Follow the Golden Rule — Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Translation: If you’re craving more reads on your manuscript, take the time to read other manuscripts on the site and offer ratings and feedback! Other authors will appreciate the time you spend on their work and be much more likely to return the favor.
Blackmail your friends — Please don’t take this advice literally. What we mean is that Read Month can be a great time to ask your friends in the writing community to join Swoon Reads (it’s about time!) and read your manuscript. There’s no better time to get the people you know IRL engaged in our community and reading your work!
As a Reader
Leave comments — We love to see comments left by Swoon Readers like you so we can find out what our community thinks about the manuscripts on our site. And Read Month is a great time to get verbose in the comments section and tell us what you love and what can be improved! Don’t be afraid to let your voice be heard in the comments section (while being polite and respectful, of course).
Start positive — When we’re looking at manuscripts on Swoon Reads, we love to see all types of comments from readers. Constructive criticism is important and often helps us when we’re editing our selected books. However, as a reader, start with what you loved about the manuscript! It’s good karma to begin with your favorite parts and deal out your tips for improving the manuscript after that.
Dip a toe in — It can be overwhelming to think about reading a whole manuscript on our site, especially when we all live such busy lives (these TV shows aren’t going to binge-watch themselves, y’all). But even if you read just three chapters (or one) of a manuscript and leave ratings and comments, you’re helping another writer on our site! Don’t feel like you have to read a full manuscript; just dip in, see if you like what you’re reading and tell us why.
As always, happy reading!