How to Match Readers and Books Using Appeal (NoveList)


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NoveList Appeal factors help readers decide whether or not a book fits their style or mood. What is “heartwarming” to one reader may be saccharine to another; what is “mildly sensuous” to you may be quite shocking to others. These resources will help you get started finding the right books to appeal to every reader.

The Secret Language of Books: A Guide to Appeal -  *Newly updated 2017 edition*  This useful little pocket guide defines the words that describe the mood of books. It's a must-have tool for anyone who works with readers.

Tutorial: Finding Books Using Appeal - This tutorial shows you how to use several appeal-based features in NoveList, including the make-your-own appeal mixer.Appealing to Genre Readers

Webcast: Appealing to Genre Readers - Listen to a panel of reader’s advisory experts as they discuss strategies for going beyond genre read-alikes and using appeals to *ahem* appeal to avowed genre readers.


Here's a fun way to learn more about appeal terms in NoveList. Try using the following search tags and NoveList’s Guide to Appeal to find the books described in the scenarios  - Appeal Scavenger Hunt  

Get to your results faster using these field codes:

Searches all categories of appeal (e.g. type “AP Approachable” in the search box).

Uses a keyword search for genre so searching “GN mystery stories” will return titles tagged with that genre.

Returns all books, authors, and series with the subject (e.g. try a search for “SU Dogs” or “SU 1950s”).

Performs an exact numeric search for a Lexile. Search a range using < and >. For example, “LX > 500 AND LX < 700".

(From Novelist News, March 2017)


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