Sunday, November 19, 2006

Amazon Slam

The MFA Handbook is really getting slammed this week on Amazon.com. Complaints include the fact that I separated Residency from Low-Residency Programs in the appendix section; the annoyance that I use dashes in my prose; and that "The author also has a weird fixation on finances."

Some other criticisms are justified. I wrote at the beginning of the book: I'm just the bus driver, and that's true. I don't claim to know everything about every program.

I've asked this before on the blog, and I'm sorry to ask it again: If the book was helpful to you in some way, I'd really appreciate it if you could counter-balance some of these Amazon reviews. Or rip it if you'd like, but either way: I'd appreciate comments about what the book is and does, and how it was helpful or not helpful to you.

Thanks. Link to Amazon here.

6 comments:

Fear&Loathing said...
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Fear&Loathing said...

I’m only going to comment on littlecatland’s opinion. This person’s own writing has errors – “buddys” should be buddies, “especiall” should be especially. Littlecatland mentions you make reference to a 1987 ranking survey. I think this person might be off by 10 years. It’s 1997. Weird fixation with finances? Yes, we all know that grad school is expensive. Your book provides value because it talks about financial aid to minimize these expensive costs. Your book is a first edition. Could it be better? Of course. Are people going to dislike it? Of course. Did you go to a lot of websites? Yes, you didn’t make claims to the contrary. Did I find it valuable for the little I paid for a second-hand uncorrected advance proof copy? Yes. As you posted on my comment…rock on.

Ty-BannGerald said...

Just wanted to say that I've found your book invaluable in my application process. I've returned to it again and again.

Ty-BannGerald said...

Just wanted to say that I've found your book invaluable in my application process. I've returned to it again and again.

Ty-BannGerald said...

And I'd like to say it twice.

susanthehuman said...

Wow, I'd hate to be in a workshop with those guys...