Mar 13, 2009

Thanks for your support!

To all who have stopped by: Thank you! (And I really mean that exclamation point!)

Since I launched this blog last Thursday it's received 288 visits, and 615 page views. Not a bad opening, in my opinion. The average visitor views 2.14 pages, and stays on the site for 3 min 54 seconds. This tells me that you aren't just stopping by, but you are staying and reading.

I've seen a lot of positive feedback in the comments- for the writers who have posted their queries, for the visitors who are providing feedback, and to me for the initiative to start this project. For those who have offered thanks to me, you are very welcome. All I ask for in return is your help in promoting the site. Several of my cyber-friends have posted links on their blogs, and if anyone else is contemplating linking to this site, go for it!

Let me know if you have questions or suggestions to make this site better. I will be adding in an FAQ's section, and as more queries come in I will be looking for ways to make the site easier to search, especially for updated / revised queries.

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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rick,

Did Nathan ever mention it?

JO

Rick Daley said...

Not yet. If he does, it will be in today's This Week In Publishing. I have my fingers crossed!

I've mentioned it in the comments on his blog a couple times, and yesterday someone asked about it and someone else mentioned it, which I thought was way cool indeed!

Carley said...

I posted your link on my blog, although it doesn't see much traffic, I figured it couldn't hurt! Hope it helps a little. Thanks again for doing this.

Anonymous said...

Rick,

That was me who asked about it yesterday. I knew if I searched I would find it, but I also knew asking would serve more than one purpose. If I post on any other blog I'll bring it up. One of these days I'll put my query on for you to hack at.
JO

Rick Daley said...

Thanks Jo. Until you're ready to post, stopping by and offering feedback to those who have posted is a great help. There are two side to this coin, you know...

Carley,
You've been an instrumental piece in one of those sides, thanks for being the first public query (I'm not counting my own) and for promoting the site. Every little bit helps. Even if you blog doesn't get much traffic, one of your visitors may have a blog that does.

Anette J Kres said...

Hey, it was a good idea. Of course everyone's interested :)

I get the feeling that if Nathan mentioned it you'd get a flock over here.

Same with Authoress over at MSFV

Lady Glamis said...

Rick, I will put a link on my blog for sure. I was also thinking about promoting this site with a dedicated blog post. :)

I don't have a ton of time to offer feedback to everybody, I am sorry. I have my hands in so many things. I will try, though, if a query really spikes my interest. That's when I can offer the best feedback.

Keep at it. These kinds of things take time to grow. :)

Lady Glamis said...

Rick, do you think you could put together a logo for people to post on their blog as the link? I could design one for you if you like.

Rick Daley said...

Lady G,

If you design a logo, I'll use it. I can write, and I can play guitar/bass/keyboards, but I'm not a very good graphic artist.

I'm a terrible singer, too, which is especially frustrating because I wrote several good songs.

Rick Daley said...

I would bet you know already, but Nathan Bransford did mention this blog in his post today. Top billing, actually! He's awesome...

Carley said...

Rick, are you starting to feel like an agent yet? It looks like things are really picking up on here! Congrats on having a great idea and making something of it.

Rick Daley said...

Carley,

I'll feel like an agent when I hit the 500 in one week mark.

This is very cool, though. I have some reading to do this weekend! My wife is gonna hate this ;-(

Carley said...

Rick,
Well, happy reading, I've already tried out one or two and posted a crit. If you don't mind, I belong to a group, IWW (Internet Writing Workshop) and I'd like to post your blog on the writers digest. I think you'd get a lot of response, as it encompasses lots of writers from around the world. Give me the thumbs up and I'll post away.


As to your wife, have her help in reading them, or rent a chick flick and read while she watches.(Pride and Prejudice is my personal fav) Good luck, and thanks again!

Rick Daley said...

Carley,

Feel free to mention this site anywhere and everywhere. It will work better the more participation it gains.

The chick flick idea it good, I'll try to get her to read and comment, too. She's given me good feedback on my queries in the past.

Crimogenic said...

Rick,

Uh, I don't know if you've been asked this before. But did you think about limiting the amount of queries posted per week. On average, I could definitely comment on 2-3 a week, but already a feel a bit of a query overload as I look through to make comments.

Crimey

Rick Daley said...

Crimey,

I haven't though about restricting the volume. Actually, just the opposite. I'm curious to see the deluge that agents always talk about...hundreds per day.

But if that many people are submitting, there will be more to share the load for reviews / critiques.

I'm going to pull the book names out of the labels and only leave genres, that way it will be easier for people to read queries that fit their tastes. For example, I'm not a big YA or Sci-Fi buff, so I'm less likely to offer valid input on a story idea for those genres (but I can comment on query structure).

I'm going to add in FAQ's at some point in the near future.

Crimogenic said...

Rick,

Cool, the tags on the posts will help! I'm really not into a few genres myself and I don't know if I'm qualified to comment on say, romance or fantasy. :)