Saturday, 27 August 2016

Reviews and Goodbyes



Reviews. 

I’ve been thinking a lot about them lately. Or rather, the lack of them. Outside of Goodreads, my books seldom get reviews, which is okay, because obviously there’s no obligation for anyone to review one of my books, especially if that book was paid for (and I usually get trashed there anyway).

But that doesn’t mean I don’t want them. How else would I know if anyone liked it? Do readers want a sequel? Would they like another book set in that world? Beats me. I really have no idea. Despite not having many books out (again, the sound of crickets does not encourage publication), I believe my books have sold fairly well for the m/m romance genre, which is small—I still receive cheques worth cashing. True, I have a “unique” writer’s voice and my writing is not for everyone, but that’s okay, there is an audience for every style and every story, which kind of limits who wants to read my stuff as well. But if you’ve ever wondered why there is no sequel to A Thread of Deepest Black, or As He Watches, or Stranded by Lies, lack of reviews is the reason why. Although I am widowed with three kids I’m raising alone, money is not a big motivator for me. I just have no idea if anyone is interested.

I have also put out three free books, and I loved writing all three of them. I would have put out more, but I had no idea if anyone would read them, because, *crickets*.  Plus, it costs money to have edits done and covers made. Not His Kiss to Take cost me $600.00 to publish. So, not something I could do with any regularity, not matter what the muse wants. As of my writing this, Not His Kiss to Take has been downloaded from Smashwords 17,315 times, which is an average of 6-8 books a day, my rough estimate based on the little graph. Still that many, even though it was released in December 2012.



And how many reviews does it have? 

32. 

And none since 2014. This leads me to believe that everyone who downloaded it thinks it sucks. So why would I put out a free book again? Or any book?

Which is the point of this mini-rant—it’s also my goodbye. And my thank you to everyone who bought A Thread of Deepest Black, Forever in One Second or Just Lucky that Way, or who left a review (even if they hated any of the above), and especially to those who sent me an email or posted on Facebook, or Twitter or in a group, that they enjoyed my story. Thank you for that. Thank you so much.

So to end this rant, I will finish with this: If there is a writer out there whose book or story you loved, and they are lesser known, please leave a review, no matter how short (I loved it! Please write a sequel! Enjoyed it! – these are great reviews). This is especially true for indie authors. The best way to keep an author writing is to let them know you like what they write and want more. Well, that, and don’t be a pirate. Pirating a book does not help get the next one written.

I will probably keep Just Lucky that Way up on Amazon until my rights to Thread and Forever revert back to me…or I may take it down tomorrow, so if you're interested in reading it, maybe get it sooner rather than later (I really wanted to write a sequel for that one! So much more to tell). Alas...

Thanks again everyone, take care and happy reading.


6 comments:

  1. Nooooooooooooooooooo. Don't gooooooooooooooo!!!!

    I'm guilty of not writing reviews. Why? I'm not a blogger and I'm honestly not a very good writer. It's hard to come up with reasons why you liked something or for a way to keep your review engaging so someone will actually want to read it or care about your opinions.

    But I always rate the books I read. Yours are rated and on my Read shelf.

    I think authors underestimate social interaction with their readers and the art of making friends with bloggers. You'd be surprised how many authors got started and kept their popularity going with only the help of the online community. GoodReads is HUGE for that and so is the MM Romance Group....which I just learned of and joined btw.

    You have a God given talent and I hope you continue to put it to use. (I'm one of those ppl that don't fangirl over celebrities...I fangirl over authors) Bloody brilliant fuckers. I have absolutely no imagination and the mind of a squirrel. Books calm me down...they are my safe place, that place I can go when I need to get outta my head for awhile, yk? My idea of the perfect vacation is me on a cruise with all you can eat buffets, my Nook and free wifi. I'm such a rebel.

    Whatever you decide....I wish you all the luck in the world and I hope from time to time, you'll share it with us. XOXO!

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    1. Thanks for the good wishes Heather! Writers gotta write, so I'm just going to shift my writing into other genres - I have lots of other stories done or on the go. Who knows? I might manage to get published elsewhere one day.

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    2. Finn,

      Please keep us in the loop....You may not have had a lot of reviews written but I have most of your books and I would read your stuff no matter the genre as would several others I'm sure.

      I think LA Witt has like 6 pen names she writes under...all for different genres before gaining popularity as a MM author. You gots to do what you gots to do just remember your fans support you.

      Heather

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  3. Oh no. I just read this. Because I just finished reading Stranded by Lies, and desperately want more of the Vish. Oh, I'm so sad. I adore your writing.

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    1. Thanks Cherie! Glad you liked that story - I rather liked the Vish myself, lol - I would have liked to have continued that one. I had a pretty cool plot twist in mind for part 2. I've also written quite a bit of a related side story (book) called Lullaby of Lies. I don't think there are a lot of m/m sci-fi fans out there (at least not for my stories), but I love sci-fi as well as fantasy and paranormal. I'm working on the sequel to Just Lucky That Way just because I want to write it, even if just for myself, and well, writers gotta write, even if no audience.

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