Thursday, January 10, 2013

Press Return or Run?

    There are several times in an author's life when he or she balances on a razor's edge. Will the email from the publisher begin, "We are pleased to offer" ? Or will our trembling fingers scroll the message down to read, "Sorry, not for us." In the first case, we jump for joy. And the other? After the first dozen, or two, or three reject notices, we shrug off the disappointment, cross off the name in the query tracker, and resubmit to the next name on the list.

    What is even more nerve wracking is when the email subject is "XXX  <Insert the name of your own book here> has been reviewed." The possibility of a five-star review is a lot smaller than the myriad of ways to get a bad, or at the very least, an unflattering review. The posting, The Other Review illustrates the point.

    Your finger hovers over the return button. What will you find when you email opens? A snarky note from a teen-age boy who expecting Harry Potter instead found Kind Arthur? Or are you about to be the victim of a flaming rake from a troll who wants to start a fight?

    By now, more than one experienced writer is shaking their head and saying,  "yup, been there."

    Gathering courage, you press return and follow the provided link.

    The review starts with "Wow, Just Wow!  It doesn’t happen very often that I find a book that I completely fall into but this is one of those books," and ends with, "Totally one You Gotta Read!"

    This time the bullet was dodged and I received an  early surprise Christmas present.

    Ping… Another email slides into the mailbox. Will it be a star or a troll? Hold breath, poise finger above the return key and slowly lower.
    Thanks for joining me. And if you want to see what put me in the celebrating mood, stop by to read the entire review of Dragon Destiny.

    Oh yeah, that second ping. A notice from a book club telling me how much they love another book, Windmaster. Time to raise another glass.

    May your 2013 be filled with five stars and happy readers. Until next time. 

    The works of multi-published author Helen Henderson crosses genres from historical adventures and westerns to science fiction and fantasy. In the realm of fantasy, she authored the Dragshi Chronicles and the Windmaster series. Join her on journeys through the stars, back to the past, or among fantasy worlds of the imagination. First stop:


Julie Eberhart Painter said...

That is a stunning review. Congratulations.

Big Mike said...

Wow, 5 star, nice and they are hard to come by. Congrats, girl.

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