I recently posted on this blog that my publisher had sent me an email, telling me The Alberta Connection, a Ryce Dalton novel, had received 82 reviews. Since I received the email, the number has risen to 87.
Unlike many review sites, my reviews were not limited to only4 stars or above. I had a bunch of lesser star reviews. I’d like to extend a grateful thanks to all those who gave me those reviews.
The Alberta Connection was started in 2011. The final revision is listed as 1-6-2013. That’s almost a complete lifetime ago. In book years, it might be five or six lifetimes ago.
As I perused some of the 1 and 2 star reviews, I found myself agreeing with the reviewer. Yes, you can only say “she said” a few times before we just don’t want to know what “she said”. And, my happy heroes chuckled a little too much for several of my reviewers. I even discovered a reviewer who didn’t like detail.
And I agree completely. The low reviews are the result of bad writing, or maybe just not so good writing.
I’d like to thank those reviewers once more for giving me low reviews. And, I’d like to thank my friend who told me I just didn’t know how to write. She was the one who suggested I learn to be an author. Three of the books I have used include:
Fiction Writer’s Workshop by Jesep Novakovich; Characters, Viewpoint, and Emotion by Nancy Kress; and The Technique of Fiction Writing by Robert Saunders Dowst. I am sure there are more, but those are the ones on my Kindle reader.
A day or so ago, I received an email telling me a book with 250 5-star reviews was available on Amazon. I’m really sorry I trashed that email. I’m tempted to check out the book and see how many not 5-star reviews it got. If you’re curious, The Alberta Connection got 26 5-star reviews and 18 4-star reviews.
I could be depressed that only half of the total number of reviews were 4-stars or better. But, The Alberta Connection was written a year ago, before my friend suggested I learn to write. My publisher has Pegasus Rising, a Nixon French novel, listed on Amazon, and I have submitted two other books, Operation Second Cousins and The Dakota Connection, for publication. Hopefully, reviews of these new books will result in fewer problems with “she said” and details.
Again, thanks to all reviewers, mine or anyone elses. You are the reason most writers take the time to learn the trade, learn how to be an author. You are helping me become better. Thanks.