Lazy Beagle Entertainment for Readers and Books
When I first heard about Lazy Beagle Entertainment for Readers and Books, I was more than pleasantly surprised. This weekend the owners of the site sent out e-mails asking for feedback and this is what I wrote.
For a long time I’ve been wishing someone would put together an online community where books, readers, publishers, and authors can come together. And when I first learned about Lazy Beagle Entertainment and saw what they were doing I was more than thrilled. One of the biggest things for me is that it’s easy to navigate and everything is up front and clear. When you do a search (and I tried several times) what you’re looking for comes up without any issues. And the information that is there is far more detailed than anything on goodreads or Amazon. One of the issues I find with most web sites nowadays is that there isn’t enough information, and I think readers are vetting books and authors now more than ever before. But the creators of Lazy Beagle seem to be working very hard to make this one of the fastest growing web sites online to date for books and readers. And the main focus is about books and authors in all genres, not just one. It really is a web site bringing all authors and readers together in a positive way.
This is from the “About” page:
Welcome to Lazy Beagle Entertainment founded by author Patrick Wendling-Markwell and husband, and sometimes co-author, Rondal D. Markwell. Ever find it hard to find self-published books and other books not promoted with a million dollar advertising budget. Looking for that hidden gem? Well here at LBE we will link you with your favorite published and self-published authors, and give authors a prominent place to link their work and promote themselves, so they are no longer hidden gems but displayed diamonds! We will provide links to all locations the book is available for purchase, and all available sites where you can follow the author. This page was started originally to be for self-published authors, but we have opened it up to any and all authors, self-published or not.
I didn’t want to get into a long explanation in the feedback, but one reason why I’ve been wishing someone would put together a web site like lazybeagle is because a lot of authors don’t get a fair chance these days. What I mean by that is there are a lot of great books that are up against a lot of competition and it’s hard for new authors to get recognition in a fair sense. Nowhere is this more evident than in the romance genre. One m/m author recently posted about how she’s never been rejected and she’s always been welcomed with open arms by all romance review sites…even though she writes m/m romance. Well, I can’t speak for her, but I know about one hundred more who write just as well as she does who are not welcomed with open arms, nor are they even acknowledged. So I think web sites like Lazy Beagle, and anything else that follows, where new authors can get a chance to showcase their books is about the nicest thing I’ve seen all year.
When I first met Jill Hughes, I was more than impressed by her writing style. Like most dedicated career writers, Jill’s professional work varies. She has the ability…which isn’t easy to do…to switch from technical writing to fiction without making it look difficult. And the one thing that’s always impressed me the most about Jill’s work is that the tight, well-trained, ability to craft words into sentences and form paragraphs is there.
And I just read where Jill has been mentioned here, as an American Playwright now.
She is currently the only American playwright to have her work included in three consecutive editions of Applause Books’ prestigious BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS anthologies, where she is privileged to share pages with such dramatic powerhouses as Neil LaBute, John Guare, David Lindsay-Abaire and David Ives, among others. She is also a member of Chicago Writers’ Bloc, a playwrights’ collective.
To read more, follow the link above. It will lead you to more links and descriptions about Jill’s plays.