Is it a unicorn on a rainbow or a rainbow unicorn? Is it a good review about bad writing or an honest review about a good, yet brutally honest story?
As an Indie Author, I am all too familiar with the difficulties of getting reviews. Every time I take part in an author takeover or guest spot, I cross my fingers at any readers who will discover BFTT and realize it is well written. So imagine my delight when I saw and read review #12 today. And I reread it again and cleaned my glasses, the ones that I use for distance so I can see that red light before I come to an abrupt stop. And I spotted my two stars. Here are three reasons I want to thanks you for taking the time for the review.
Reason #1 in backstory. I am embarrassed to confess that I am back at my day job, so I usually troll my reviews on Amazon when I am filling the cart with needs, well honestly all of my wants. I’m not going to perish if I don’t get a size 11 Frye Melissa boot. Now BFTT was and is a labor of love albeit a 20 year gestation. I wrote it in grad school at a prestigious local university where I was heritage because my mother had followed her heart to music school. So we are a family of artists, civil-servant artists? “Think James Joyce, my dear,” my mother used to say to me. But as a point of fact I am not a silver spoon, even today I am paying off my loans. I wrote BFTT in 12 weeks after my Advisor(a term I use loosely) declined my collection of sisters growing up in Hollywood in the 1970’s. My reviewer wallowed in so much sadness. I evoked emotion and entertained, although not merrily. I am OK with that. There was so much emotion 20 years ago.
Reason #2 is reality based. Now you can’t please everybody. It will just never happen. I waited tables for years(life lesson here to write what you know…wink…wink). When you wait tables, you learn to predict what the wants and needs will be of your table. You make customers feel special and a part of your inner circle. Your tips are all dependent upon your personality and services. Thank you for recognizing that the story is about healing, forgiveness and redemption. These elements are what most of life is about when you are not taking selfies and posting on social media. Detritus.
Reason #3 is the humorous situations I find myself in everyday. In my day to day life of reality, most who know me would say I am humorous. I’m often labelled the funny, sarcastic girl. So I was successful in stirring up the negative emotions the book seemed to evoke while reading. I do thank you for getting it. I thank you for telling me that the book was well written, because I have had so many problems with formatting. Can you say formatting nightmare???
All Indie Authors say any review is a good review. Again I thank you for my review. Keep em’ coming!