Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thursday Tag Party for 5/27/10! (Tag Redux)

Decided this week to do a Tag Party Redux, since I kinda sprung the Saturday one on everybody. So - let's revisit the lovely crop we gathered from the publishers' showcase!

A brief flight manual if it's your maiden voyage:

  • Go to the Amazon buy page (I've included the links below)

  • Scroll down to the Tags Customers Associate with this Product header
  • Look for these tags: SFR, Scifi Romance, SF Romance, Science Fiction Romance and Paranormal Romance
  • If the tags are already there, just click on them to add your 'vote'
If not, type them into the 'your tags' box to add them (no need to save the page, just type and add)




Accidental Goddess by Linnea Sinclair















Slipping the Past by D L Jackson














Dreams of Chimborazo by Leigh Barbour













Yes, Captain by Rebecca Royce













Shipwrecked by Michelle Marquis












The Mythmakers by Robert Appleton












Mechanical Rose by Nathalie Gray










And please send your suggestions (your own or one of your favs) to ravenesperanza@yahoo.com - happy tagging!

6 comments:

  1. Great idea on the "let's do it again." Sandra, since I think many might have missed the unexpected Saturday post. I also want to do everything we can to support the publishers who were kind enough to participate in our showcase.

    Let me put on my cheerleader outfit for a moment (ohhh, not a pretty picture so listen up and I'll stop the torture...promise!), and explain how this is helping members books--and SFR in general.

    The more often a book is tagged, the higher it climbs on the search list at Amazon. Since one of our greatest laments as a community is that readers can't find SFR in bookstores--electronic or otherwise--this will help them find the stories they might like to read, by placing them in all the "electronic shelves" where readers might look.

    And the tag party is working. Many of our members' books are now on page 1 or 2 of some of the searches, thanks to Sandra's efforts in leading our "tag team."

    So why are we using so many tags? Because readers search under a variety of definitions.

    And why are we using the "paranormal" tag, again? Several reasons. The paranormal community is much larger (*cough* understatement) than the SFR community and since by most RWA standards SFR is considered a subgroup of "paranormal," it's an appropriate tag. We also want to get it in front of paranormal readers who might be looking for something a bit different than the usual shapeshifters and demon hunter fair. A recent discussion among SFR members pointed out that the paranormal audience might make an excellent focus group to assimilate...er, introduce to our amazing SFR stories.

    So tagging books as not only sfr, sf romance, sci-fi romance and science fiction romance, but also paranormal will help get our books in front of more potential readers.

    I know a few have questions about the books being appropriately tagged. Understood, but remember the point of tagging isn't to officially classify a title, it's only to help readers find books, and the majority of readers don't understand the distinctions in the sub-subgenres, they're just looking for "something that's kinda..." Reading the blurbs will determine if our books are the "something" they're looking for. It's ultimately the reader who makes the choice. Our purpose in multi-tagging is only to help readers find those SFR books they might like.

    So go forth and tag, Brigaders. :)

    /end of long-winded cheerleading session
    *\o/* *rah!*

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  2. Tagging fellow Brigade members' books is good karma. :-)

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  3. I tagged Accidental Goddess, and added the tag space opera romance. I only tag books that I've read, because of the problem with accuracy of the tas
    I looked at all the tags and found this one

    The way this is phrased is rude, but the tag of is accurate for Accidental Goddess. It's a great story. I loved it, but inclusion of science is not one of it's strengths.
    I think this demonstrate a problem we have with lables and preceptions. Some readers are looking for SFR with science and some aren't. The difficulty is in directing those two groups of readers.
    A lable like seems redundant. My preference is to lable SFR sans-science as and and but to pass on the tag
    Anyway I'd really like to see more use of the tag

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  4. Whoops! I messed up by using character which were interpreted as html code. Here is what I meant to post

    I tagged Accidental Goddess, and added the tag "space opera romance". I only tag books that I've read, because of the problem with accuracy of the tags
    I looked at all the tags and found this one "no science in the fiction bad bad bad(1)"
    The way this is phrased is rude, but the tag of "no science" or "SFR san science" is accurate for Accidental Goddess. It's a great story. I loved it, but inclusion of science is not one of it's strengths.
    I think this demonstrate a problem we have with lables and preceptions. Some readers are looking for SFR with science and some aren't. The difficulty is in directing those two groups of readers.
    A lable like "science science fiction romance" seems redundant. My preference is to lable SFR sans-science as "space opera romance" as "space opera" and as "SFR" but to pass on the tag "science fiction"
    Anyway I'd think we'd do well to use tag "space opera romance" when it's appropriate.

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  5. Thank you, Lizzie! (both for the post and the clarification, lol) Sorry - forgot to put the extra "please add any other tags you feel appropriate" bullet point. Need sleep.

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  6. For anyone who isn't sure about Slipping the Past, this novel crosses genres and is heavier on Futuristic/Post Apoc and Urban Fantasy than science. It's also got Historical scenes too--Rome, Salem Witch Trials, The Civil War South...
    It's safe to tag under any of the above.

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