05-26-18 – Blog Queen - Sarah Raplee

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Celebrating With LASR and Goddess Fish Promotions

Thanks  for inviting us back.  There have been a lot of changes at our site since we visited with you last year:  We have changed our look and our logo, and instead of "The Long and the Short of It"  and "Whipped  Cream" we are now Long and Short Reviews. We still offer book reviews, interviews, guest blogs, and short stories—but we now offer them in more genres.  Our original genres:  romance and erotic romance have been joined by mystery/suspense; scif-fi/fantasy; and YA.  

One thing that hasn't changed, however, is our determination to offer the very best reviews—no matter what the genre. And, we would still love to hear from readers who would like to review for us J
Another thing that hasn't changed is that I still shake in my boots whenever Marianne says: "Judy, I've been thinking…"

Our sister site, Goddess Fish Promotions, has taken off as well… and we are so excited to have the chance to work with some really great authors and help them with getting the word about their books out.  All of what we do with both sites is geared toward helping authors with their promotional needs. 

As the e-publishing industry continues to grow, this is only more vital—the more authors publishing, the more they need to be able to stand out from the crowd and get their names noticed.  Then…the hard work that they do and the talent they have can shine to the world. 


Long and Short Reviews said...

Thanks for having us here again this year. We will be popping in and out, so if anyone has any questions, we'll be glad to see if we can find the answer (if not, we'll make one Or, if you just want to chat, we like that too :-)

Congratulations, ladies, on your anniversary!! :::throwing confetti:::

Judith Ashley said...

Hi Ladies,

It's great to have you join us again!

I LOVE your new LASR logo! Why did you change? and How did you come up with the great idea for the different colors for the different genres?

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Hi, Judith. We wanted to add new genres to better meet the needs of both our readers and other authors. When we were just doing romance having the book for LASR and the whipped cream for WC worked. To make it more cohesive, though, we wanted to get everything under the Long and Short Reviews banner.

Once we decided on the "magical book" was easy to just change the colors and have LASR: Romance, LASR: Erotic Romance, LASR: YA, etc. As we add more genres to both our reviewing and author interviews/guest blogs, etc., it will be easy to give them their own color :-)

We are nothing if not looking ahead! LOL

Judith Ashley said...

That makes perfect sense. And I love the 'magical book'! Very cool.

When we added our Free Reads site we searched for a way to keep the sites connected but different.

We love our new logo (a bright, colorful, slightly different version of this one). Christy Carlyle, one of the Genre-istas, designed it for us.

Linda Lovely said...

I just submitted a request to LASR for a review for my soon-to-be released mystery, NO WAKE ZONE. Like many authors who have begun genre blending, I had a bit of difficulty figuring out what label to give my book. It doesn't fit RWA's definition of romantic suspense BUT it has a generous side of romance. How do you handle these "blends" and where do you put them?

Sarah Raplee said...

So nice to have you as guests again! LASR Rocks!

What is the one piece of advice you'd give readers who are wading through the huge crowd of books out there, looking for gems?

Paty Jager said...

Judy and Marianne, You two ladies do many great things for writers and readers. Thank you! I'm looking forward to being on the blog tomorrow Sunday, May 6th!

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Hi, Linda... sorry to be answering so late, but hubby and I had a wedding to go to. If there's romance in the suspense, we normally put it in the romance side and reserve our mystery/suspense for those works without romantic elements. It sort of depends on how the author views it and how the publisher is promoting it, not to mention the audience you are trying to reach. If the romance is strong enough you as an author thinks it will appeal to the romantic suspense crowd, that's where we would put you. If you are looking Grisham fans, we'd probably suggest the mystery/suspense blog.

Thanks for the question!

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Sarah... I would suggest checking out some of your favorite reviewers to see what they thought of the book. Or, do what I do... pick one up and start reading. Time is short for me these days. In addition to LASR and Goddess Fish, I'm also the Children's Services Manager at our local library (that's a children's "librarian" without a degree)...:-) So, my writing time has been curtailed a lot. I don't have time to waste on books that don't grab me write off the bat. We have some patrons who choose books and will tell us..."well, it didn't start getting good til half-way through." Sorry, that is not the book for me. Life's too short to read something you don't enjoy! My .02 worth...


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Hi, Paty! It will be good to see you at the blog! The first Sunday of every month, we have a New Release Party at the Goddess Fish Party Pavilian: Come and visit... one commenter will win a $10 GC. Some of the party participants will also be giving away goodies!