Hey there Squawkers.....answered the first question, but when clicking on “next”, it doesn’t activate so I cannot answer anymore questions. HELP!!!!!!!
I would love to be able to answer the rest of the questions. Get the ‘Tech head” to work on this. Thanks, will try later.
Ditto, Ditto. If Haven’s Tigger, then I must be her twin. Hi, Haven!
I am glad to know that I am not the only one having this problem. I have been cursing my computer for ten minutes.
I couldn’t get “next” to work either so I tried “submit vote”. It gave me the results of all the questions. It looks like nobody has been able to get past the first question.
Now I’m worried that I won’t be able to do the survey because I’ve already submitted my vote!
Connie, can we have a do-over?
Oops! Well, at least you have my answer to question #1.
Well...something is obviously wrong with the poll cause the same thing happended to me! And they looked like pretty interesting questions too!
Um, same thing happened to me. Also, can’t I be an unpublished writer (that was a big step from aspiring writer) who also happens to be a rabid reader?
No “next” for me also.
I’ll be sending out a frantic SOS to our Constance as soon as I can be sure she’s awake! We’ll try to get the rest of the poll up ASAP.
The Survey seems to just hang up after the first question. I can’t refresh my page, or get it to advance to the next question. I ove you guys, just they way you are. But, I’ll take your survey, I’m just a reader and love the extra connection your blog makes.
Glad it’s not just me. I only got to answer question 1 too.
You know, Teresa, that Connie mentioned last week that Kitty would be around soon. So . . . if Kitty stayed over with Connie last night, you might want to revise that time you think they’ll be up
Not to worry knitterlynn! Kitty’s probably still sleeping off those tequila shooters but Connie was already up doing laps around the block and preparing to smash someone on the tennis court
That was fun and I did get to answer all the questions. It will be interesting to see what the results are.
I hope you all have a great day!
The only thing missing was the option that said, “I READ EVERYTHING I CAN GET MY HANDS ON!!!”
Now I’m really ticked! I finally got to answer all the questions, but because I hit submit on that first question this morning because it wouldn’t let me go on to the other questions, it now tells me that I’ve already voted and can’t vote twice. Well, hope that first question was the most important (pouting).
I was able to answer all the questions, but because I tried earlier when only one question could be answered, I got a message indicating that my vote didn’t count.
Just one question - What is category romance? I should know what I read, but I get confused by all the different labels ! Like are Jennifer Crusie and Rachel Gibson considered contemporary or chick lit?
Hey, the survey thingidy-bob is finally working. I sent in my votes! I am glad to see that there are a lot of people out there who are like me. A “strictly a reader, with no desire or plans to write a book”. I was starting to wonder if I should “write” something just so I could be like the Other Kids on the block.
Why Julie will never write a book:
Because She doesn’t like to deal with Dead Things. It gives her the creeps. Sends shivers down her spine. Gives her nightmares and a heat rash. First of all, Writer’s have too be DEADicated. A Writer always has to deal with to many DEADlines. And Da EDitor (that’s dead spelled backwards) is always telling you too Finish Off your manuscript.
YES! “I am a registered memebr of Squawk Radio “
I’m a memebr!
And Category romance could also be called Series Romance. Mostly put out by Harlequin and Silhoutte. Like Super Romance, Blaze, Special Edition.
And Jenny Crusie and Rachel Gibson I would consider comtemporary. JMO!
Thanks for that answer, Sarah!
I got hung up on the category romance question also
I’m being ridiculously thorough, but what would one consider to be chick lit? Would Cecelia Ahern fall into that category or is that contemporary?
Chick lit and contemporary can be pretty wavy boundaries, but generally, if the heroine talks about shoes a lot, it’s chick lit.
You know, Sarah, there’s no use worrying about being a “memebr”. I just glanced at the survey and saw four misspellings—and I’m not good at copyediting. I say as long as Connie keeps doing these cool surveys, we’ll all put up with being “memebrs”.
Thanks, Christina! That sounds like a good enough definition to me =)
I filled out the survey too, but was told my vote didn’t count since I already voted. Oh well!
Teresa Medeiros said…
The only thing missing was the option that said, “I READ EVERYTHING I CAN GET MY HANDS ON!!!”
As a memebr, I concur that Connie’s survey’s can be extremely “humnroous “
And that’s surveys, dopey, not survey’s. Duh!
This isn’t related, but the categories are making me crazy. Is a time-traveling historical considered a paranormal? (eg. Teresa’s Touch of Enchantment)
Is there a button for those of us who read more than 10 books a month? I can’t be the ONLY one
I didn’t answer all the questions, but it wasn’t the computer’s fault but the nature fo the questions. For example, I can’t say that I prefer humorous books to dark or vice versa, since I’ve loved both and books by authors as diverse as Julia Quinn and Anne Stuart all sit on my keeper shelves (didn’t want to name any Squawkers here as I didn’t want to appear to be playing favorites—having 3 children taught me a few things).
And despite the glut of Regency historicals, I said I most wanted the return of the Regency trad simply because a number of wonderful authors in the field no longer have writing contracts and I miss them.
Susan - I had trouble with some of them too. I’m a very eclectic reader. Right now I’m reading Jude’s Law by Lori Foster. After it will start Brimstone by Preston Douglass and Lincoln Child. *shrug*
Lindsay, you are not the only one, I average between 4-5 a week. If you’re like me, you probably don’t watch tv (or if you do, you read during the commercials) and you read while cooking, on your lunch hours, while stuck in a gridlock on the freeway, while waiting for your kids at practice......you get the picture.
Then there are the days when I have to get things done, so I promise myself an hour or two of reading if I get the all the bathrooms cleaned and the floors scrubbed. Uh.....I am normal, aren’t I?
I’m sorry for the confusion about the questions. What we want to know is what your are *currently* into. I’m an eclectic reader, too, but I would have to say for the past few months I’ve been reading quite a lot of paranormals (thogh t onl paranormals . SO I would check the box next to the “ mostly reading paranormals.”
We realize this is bound to change over time--we’re just curious about what the reading trends amongst you guys is TODAY.
And, too, sorry about the ad pop-ups. We’re simply to cheep to spring for hte “gold membership” in order to put up a survey a couple times a year.
Get it? CHEEP
Thanks you guys, this makes for fascinating reading for us!
and the errors aren’t *all* typos in my posts! My keyboard is dying!
don’t get me wrong… Even though I voted for spell check… I adore Connie’s Misspellings! It makes me feel good when I find them… considering I’m such a losy speller myself!
Just want to clarify my answer for Question 4: second favorite subgenre.
I voted for Paranormal but that was because the category I wanted wasn’t included. So I’m puting it here just for the record: SFR/Fantasy, which I think is vastly different from Paranormal but that’s the closest I could find in the list provided.
Sarah-- my typos are an inexorable part of who I am. Besides which, what else could these other miserable human beings with whom I share Squawk bitch about regarding moi if I cleaned up my typing?
That’s right. Nothing.
So, I let them have their leetle jokes. It makes them to feel good. Pitiful leetle chickens.
Susan/DC said..."I’ve loved both and books by authors as diverse as Julia Quinn and Anne Stuart all sit on my keeper shelves (didn’t want to name any Squawkers here as I didn’t want to appear to be playing favorites—having 3 children taught me a few things).”
What are you trying to say, Susan? Hmmmmmm?
Do you really want to know the answer to that, Christina?
Connie asked,"what else could these other miserable human beings with whom I share Squawk bitch about regarding moi if I cleaned up my typing?”
Your shoes? Your clothes?
That’s right off the top of my head ...
I like the idea of a ‘right here, right now’ kind of survey. Not ‘what do you read?’, but ‘what are you reading RIGHT NOW?’. Especially if we could do the same sort of thing in a month or so. Now THAT would track what we’re reading.
And I’m with everyone up thread who needs a category that goes higher than 10 books a month for overall reading. Maybe a few more categories: 10-20; 20-30; 30+ ?
A note about the inspirationals - I like and appreciate evidence of spirituality in characters. It’s how I live my life, and I connect with that in fiction. But I have not enjoyed the inspirational lines particularly. I wouldn’t want my vote that I don’t read the inspirational lines to be interpreted as “I don’t enjoy it when spirituality is a part of the story/character”. Which would be the same as with the erotica. I don’t read those lines, but I generally enjoy the level of sensuality in novels like those written by the Squawkers. I think spirituality and sensuality are both integral parts of a healthy personality, and I like well-rounded characters who exhibit both.
Survey completed I do have one question though - what are inspirationals please? I think I voted yes to reading them but I’m now having second thoughts that they are what I think they are…
Oh, and I noticed that medievals are making a comeback in the ‘what do you want more of’. YAH! I’m currently reading the medieval short story you wrote Connie in Once Upon a Pillow. I’m loving it!
Have a lovely weekend all (it’s Friday here
I was going to put of the definition from the RWA website for what inspirationals are… but I’m sorry to say that it BITES!
“romances containing spiritual themes”
Uhm… very under specific.
But this might help:
orannia, I too was glad to see that medievals are making a comeback. yay, I’m not alone!!
This is a great idea, unfortunately, after answering only the first three questions or so, my phone rang and when I came back to my desk my 16 month old son had ‘finished’ my survey for me and I’m not allowed to retake it. Well, at least you have the toddler demographic now :p
Does anyone have any online links or book titles of valid regency or georgian history? I’m trying to buckle down & get all the particulars of everything from hairstyles to politics. I’d really appreciate the help
Also had another question about that survey…
What exactly did the “other worlds” refer to?
"other worlds” = any place but the third rock from the sun…
ie… other dimensons, other planets, space, the final frontier… Star Trek, Star Wars, Farscape, Firefly… am I making any sense?
Though I not sure where “other worlds” came from… I don’t see it on the survey. There was something about ancient worlds.
going back to work…
Ahh I meant ancient worlds. It’s been a long day & apparently my memory is less-than-reliable. Oh well.
Ahh… okay “ancient worlds” = “ancient times” - like Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt, Greece… Biblical Times…
Pre-history might fit in here.
Other Worlds could be “Harmony” like with Jayne Castle’s (Krentz) series. AFTER DARK, AFTER GLOW. But I guess those would fall under Paranormal.
This is great! I wish publishers did surveys like this instead of basing their info on sales! Yes I’ve purchased a book, but that doesn’t mean I finished it or will buy same author again.
My problem is committing to any given type of romance. I read *all* romance , all the time, every kind, all the time
I guess I should have glanced thru the survery before commenting. Jeeesh
One of the best surveys I’ve seen. Many kudos to the Squawker(s) who put it together. The questions are direct and succinct. The margin for error or misunderstandings is low.
hahaha.. so c’mon who else visits here more than 4 times a day??? LOL! At least I am not alone~! !!!
Julie, your post totally cracked me up Da eDitor… lol.
I forgot about the survey yesterday and what I really missed in the e-mail was a link to the site. I’m just doing very little regarding my e-mail at the moment since I’m moving and have too much to do.
The same can almost be said for the times I go to the site. I have to include that my computer keeps freezing on me so that I’ve been using it as little as possible for the last 3 months. After the move is finished, my first order of business will be to get one of the three computers I have here set up and working properly.
I too would agree that I read most of the genres you mention with the exception of erotica and the vampire, etc. paranormals. And I’m very glad that there are finally good inspirationals out there for me to read. When I was in my teens, I read a lot of them but there were none for adults. I’m very glad that’s changed.
*raising hand* Laura T....I right here with ya! I visit at the bare minimum 4 times a day.
I’m trying to see if I uploaded my avatar right . . . trying to find an inconspicuous place to do it too