I would like to say that on occasion I have had to say see long synopsis because, I couldn't write enough in the small synopsis to make any sense. I only do that when I can't make it short enough to submit a book after several attempts when it says it's too long. Sue Mangis -----Original Message----- From: Allison Hilliker [mailto:hillikera@xxxxxxxxx] Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 5:49 PM To: bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bookshare-discuss] Re: see long synopsis a waste and frustrating 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. <smile>. 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" <rwiley@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 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" <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Cc: <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > 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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