Hi Webnovel community!
- Recommend any number of stories including your own if you want.
- All stories will be read, assessed numerically, and listed on the story index and curation blog, Virtual Bookshelf.
- If you want specific, individual feedback on your books, then join the official community Discord server.
- All books requested on Discord will be prioritized first before any are read on this thread or other forums.
Remember me? Maybe not, it's been a while, but I'm back. (: As a refresher, this was the old discussion thread (don't necro it, that's why I created a fresh topic).
I'm a blogger that loves books and am fascinated by the publishing industry. In this current age of technology and digital media, many stories have shifted to self-publishing. While this makes writing and finding an audience more accessible, it's also easy for stories to get lost and buried under the hundreds of thousands out there. Thus, I created a website last year aiming to connect avid readers to undiscovered stories in an effort to assist them in finding captivating new stories as well as to encourage emerging authors.
History of Website:
Due to various life occurrences, I was unable to keep up the website's functions (assessing, organizing, and curating stories) for the entirety of the year after beginning this project in March 2019. But in the few months that I ran this by myself, I was honestly amazed by the positive feedback and unexpected surge of website visitors in the thousands per month. And so, here I am to start up this project again by asking for your participation in recommending stories right here on Webnovel!
What's Virtual Bookshelf?
All stories are assessed with the human touch and indexed accessibly. I also used to offer in-depth reviews in the past (Webnovel was the first writing platform I jump-started this project on), but I couldn't keep up with demand as each would take a minimum of an hour to write, disregarding time reading the entire novel.
Just reply to this thread with any number of stories you want to recommend. In advance, thank you for your help! Let's support hard-working writers and connect their stories to enthusiastic readers! Besides general exposure on the website's index pages, a monthly feature of stories is also created to highlight new and upcoming works as well as older, undiscovered/underrated ones. You can also recommend stories specifically for this Monthly Highlight feature as well.
If you want to learn more about this ambitious project, or if you want to be a part of the new Virtual Bookshelf community or staff (voluntary, not paid as I don't solicit money), then visit our website or join us on the new, official discord.
Website: https://archdale.home.blog We rebranded to Archdale and are no longer simply Virtual Bookshelf.
Hope to see you there!
December 5th Notice:
As I first noted in the post Book_Keeper, I'm merely reading, assessing, and indexing story recommendations on my blog. I am not providing any feedback besides the numerical score. But since many are still asking for it, I thought of a bullet-point format that would allow me to give feedback to a large volume of novels.
However, since I want to keep this thread on-topic to recommendations, and making another associated thread would make the process possibly confusing or cumbersome, I'm only going to provide this feedback to assessed stories through the Discord.
I've noticed that with both other people's feedback and mine, writers don't often apply advice that they're given. I know that many writers are hobbyist as it's difficult to making it a career or have time to be truly serious amidst life responsibilities. But it is a shame when the rare, well-thought out reviews I've encountered are wasted. So I'm hoping that the conversational discussion format of Discord might help to address this while also filtering out those who are truly serious in improving their craft.
Whether or not this idea will work, we'll see. For now, this will be another way to help authors (and indirectly readers, too) which I can amend in the future if need be. As always, suggestions are welcome, considered, and appreciated.