Tuesday, January 15, 2008

New Tool for Readers

ACFW has developed a wonderful new tool for readers. Check here to see what it's all about.

If you follow the link, you will see a new section for readers. It has three basic components right now, but we fully expect those to expand in the next year.

1) Genre list. This tool was unveiled in paper at the Mall of America signing. My sister Janna Ryan, who many of you met at the conference or know from her blog, put lots of hours into this project for us -- and she's not even a member! This list is by no means exhaustive, but it is a great place to start if you know people who are looking for new authors to try. You can also show it to bookstores...my local store has laminated the fliers from the MOA signing and posted them in the fiction section. Imagine if even 100 bookstores did that!

2) There is the author list/database that was unveiled last month. This allows you to enter an author's name and get a short sentence about what they write as well as a link to their website and shoutlife page.

3) There is a list of books divided by social issue. Periodically we'll see requests to the loop for books that deal with abortion, divorce, etc. Well, Advisory Board member Deborah Raney has kindly allowed us to post her list that has been developed over time.

So if you're looking for new authors to try or new books to read, check out this resource!

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