I think there should be one synopsis, instead of a short one and a long one. Saves us lots of trouble. Happy Reading, Nati Now Reading Thunder And Roses By Mary Jo Putney. > From: hillikera@xxxxxxxxx > To: bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: [bookshare-discuss] Re: see long synopsis a waste and frustrating > Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 17:48:33 -0700 > > Hi everyone, > > Bookshare is definitely working to make synopses as high quality as > possible. I've written about 130 of them in the past week because > well-represented books are very important to me. > > I have a question for you all. Do you mind it if a book has a tiny > description and then a referral to the long synopsis? It would look > something like this. > "Bob goes to the store and gets abducted by aliens. See long synopsis." > I made that one up of course. I don't hink Bob has been abducted by aliens > recently. . In any case, is that scenario good by you all? I > normally try > to avoid the statement see long synopsis, but once in a while I find a plot > that fights me and resists being put into a little box. So I compromise as > in the example > above. What do you think? > > BTW, while I'm writing, thanks to Bob for his synopsis-writing help. He's > been incredible! > > Best, > Allison Hilliker: > Bookshare.org intern. > allison.h@xxxxxxxxxxxx > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Bob" > To: > Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 1:47 AM > Subject: [bookshare-discuss] Re: see long synopsis a waste and frustrating > > >>I want to second this opinion. I hate "see long synopsis" descriptions >>almost as much as I hate the "none" designation. >> >> A synopsis is usually easy to write even if you haven't read the entire >> book. I've been assisting Allison Hiliker in writing synopses for >> publisher quality books, and believe me, it's easy, and can be fun. I've >> found several of those books I'd like to read, not because of the title or >> author, but because of the short descriptions I find on the internet. >> >> The short synopsis is a way to advertise your work. It introduces a reader >> to the writing skills of the authors, and the patience and care of the >> submitter and validator. (That's us folks.). Gone are the days when any >> scanned book was admirable, because books were so valuable. Now, books are >> valuable for themselves... what they have to say ... what they make us >> think. And, I, for one, consider it an honor to introduce my fellow >> readers to these valuable products of our efforts, and I want to do them >> justice. And, "see long synopsis" doesn't do them justice, in my opinion. >> >> Thanks. >> Bob >> ----- Original Message ----- >> From: "Estelnalissi" >> To: >> Cc: >> Sent: Monday, April 14, 2008 6:42 PM >> Subject: [bookshare-discuss] see long synopsis a waste and frustrating >> >> >>> Dear Booksharian Friends, >>> >>> Those words, "See long synopsis," which appeared on several titles on >>> Sunday's new books list frustrate and annoy me every time I read them. >>> From yesterday's list I uploaded 6 books but none of my choices had those >>> dreaded words in their descriptions. >>> >>> Your valuable volunteer and staff efforts have given me so many >>> wonderful, usually unexpected, books to read, I don't take time from my >>> volunteering reading, and real life to look up titles that refer me to >>> the long synopsis. >>> >>> I also don't punish myself either to make a point by failing to read >>> books I recognize that I like whose authors or titles I already know, >>> just because the submittor and validator didn't take time to write any >>> kind of helpful short synopsis for them. But, If I'm not familiar with >>> the book, I don't bother to track down a long synopsis. If volunteers >>> can't be bothered to write a helpful short synopsis, I conclude they >>> don't care much about that book and don't waste unnecessary time finding >>> out about it because I think it has a good chance of not being carefully >>> prepared. >>> >>> If a volunteer cares about a book, you'd think she or he would want >>> others to benefit from their work. You'd think they would hope many >>> readers will select their book and it will be widely read. Why put your >>> own book in the seconds bin by not writing an inviting and/or informative >>> short synopsis for it? The short synopsis is the book's best publicity. >>> >>> In other discussions some volunteers have used the excuse that they can't >>> write a long synopsis because they haven't read the book. By my personal >>> work standards That already shows a considerable amount of lack of >>> caring. However given the volunteer isn't planning to read the book, this >>> excuse still doesn't hold up. Why not formulate a short synopsis by >>> summarizing that famous long synopsis to which they direct potential >>> readers. It wouldn't take too long to dash out some brief high points >>> mentioned in that long synopsis. It's only 200 characters or less we're >>> hoping for. >>> >>> I'll always appreciate everyone's work and am not targeting an individual >>> since I didn't look up any of these books to identify the volunteers who >>> write "See long synopsis." I wouldn't dream of trying to manipulate the >>> volunteer community or the staff to weigh in on this issue or to >>> institute major changes according to my personal guidelines and desires. >>> It's my hope that expressing my opinion might result in some books in the >>> future being given the more detailed short synopses they deserve. And if >>> that happens or not, at least I've expressed my feelings. >>> >>> I assume all of us have the good of Bookshare at heart. I've written this >>> pointed and fervent message from the perspective of both a volunteer and >>> a reader who loves Bookshare. I'm stating my opinion to encourage >>> volunteers to try a little harder to attract readers to their books and >>> to make book browsing more satisfying to me. >>> >>> Always with love, >>> >>> Lissi >>> To unsubscribe from this list, send a blank Email to >>> bookshare-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx >>> Put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the Subject line. To get a list >>> of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> -- >>> No virus found in this incoming message. >>> Checked by AVG. 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