Visitor posted a message to Colin TheakstonHello Colin. I don't know if you will remember me, I used to work for you at Aquarius in Welling...Hello Colin. I don't know if you will remember me, I used to work for you at Aquarius in Wellington, Telford, many moons ago. Its Melanie Latham (nee Smith). I came across you quite by chance and fingers crossed you get this message and all is well with you. Mel (more)
Colin Theakston posted a message to Alan BakerI think my friend was referring to the fact that the heading was too commercial and did not give ...I think my friend was referring to the fact that the heading was too commercial and did not give a correct meaning to the 'spirit' of the site. It reads, and I must confess to agreeing with her (up to a point), as if the site is mainly concerned with 'quick' and 'cheap publishing' and 'free' reading. Maybe there is something in what she says?? This is just an observation. (more)
Alan Baker posted a message to Colin TheakstonHi Colin. I stand corrected. However, since you solicited comments in your initial post, I feel I...Hi Colin. I stand corrected. However, since you solicited comments in your initial post, I feel I must ask what, precisely, is cheap and tacky about "Self Publish, Print on demand and Read books on line"? (I understand that these are not your words, but your friend's.) I think I prefer this to "Home of the Reader and Writer", which strikes me as a little pretentious. (more)
Colin Theakston posted a message to Alan BakerAlan May I correct you in the wording of my comment. The words 'Cheap and Tacky' were never use...Alan May I correct you in the wording of my comment. The words 'Cheap and Tacky' were never used in reference to CN. They referred to the site heading only and not to the site itself, as I'm sure is evident from my other postings. (more)
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'You can't judge a book by it's cover' is a popular saying buy wht is it we great care inselcetin...'You can't judge a book by it's cover' is a popular saying buy wht is it we great care inselceting the cover for our books. They should give incentive and engouragement to read the book. Whether we live it or not First impressions are important and they are a major factor in any marketing strategy. It's no good having a brilliant book with a "tatty" front. That will not encourage people to read it. The same principle applies to all things including site headings.
Howard Davis posted a message to Colin TheakstonHi Colin,
So, if I understand correctly, from your friend's perspective potential readers may be...Hi Colin,
So, if I understand correctly, from your friend's perspective potential readers may be put off from reading the excellent books on CN because of the "cheap and tacky" content of the site heading setup by Oli, Anna and Vincent.
Seems a tad petty to me but then I myself am inclined to barely register what is written on the heading of a particular website. What do you yourself think? Perhaps you should begin a discussion to see if others more astute than me, especially readers, agree - maybe from the perspective of what should be included within the header content if the existing blurb was to be replaced.
From my own perspective, as I say, I'm none too bothered by what is included in the site heading. It doesn't detract from me accessing the CN site in any shape or form. I am primarily concerned that I can navigate relatively easily across the site and make the necessary additions and changes to the writing I upload.
Colin Theakston posted a message to Howard DavisHoward I'm afraid you misinterpret the comment made by my author friend. She was not talking abo...Howard I'm afraid you misinterpret the comment made by my author friend. She was not talking about the quality of writing on the site only the actual heading of the site itself. As a published author with many books to her credit, I feel she would in no way malign any author good or bad. She felt that a better site heading would attract more people to the site, that's all. As for the weather 29C and sunny during the day but right now at just after 6pm it it has dropped to 26C. At night it's quite low at 20 - 21C. My own study is nice at 25C. Hope that clears the air a bit.
Howard Davis posted a message to Colin TheakstonAfternoon Colin, I trust the sun is shining a whole lot more where you are than it is in dreary w...Afternoon Colin, I trust the sun is shining a whole lot more where you are than it is in dreary wet and grey London today. In response to your new post I would suggest that your friend read some of the very high quality, not to mention, freely accessible writing on the site using the online BookStreamer. Books such as Last Street by Michael McGlade, Deluge... by Harry Siversten (nobody gets to call Harry's writing cheap and tacky!), Alan Baker's excellent The Martian Ambassador, Bryony Allen's very interesting novella OTOLI, Blood & Rain by Tom-Paul Smith or Umm and Ah and the Problem with Chlorine by Keira Dickinson, my personal favourite, to name but six of a whole long list of very well written books that could easily be proudly sat on the shelves of any mainstream bookshop. For me, CN is about the writing, Colin, not the logo. Substance over hype. If you want to change the existing blurb on the header of the website address I would be inclined to emphasize the notion of community as that is what we are - a community of writers, readers and publishers looking to promote and enjoy the written word. (more)