React, recoil, review

Posted on April 3, 2014


Two weeks and tuppence ha’penny til The Moon King is officially launched. I’ve finally accepted the shocking reality that people are going to read it. Read it and have opinions. This is good. This is progress. I’ve moved past blind terror and actually now find myself curious. Curious as to what people actually think of it.

Do they like the story? The characters, the setting? Did it feel original and different or derivative and samey? Were they surprised by the surprising bits? Did they root for and commiserate with the characters as appropriate, or not particularly care? Were the hours spent reading the thing well spent?

There’s a bunch of advice out there about reviews**. Some writers never read them, good or bad. I do, though. It’s as rewarding to confirm that the subtle thing you were aiming for wasn’t too subtle as it is frustrating to discover that the thing you thought was really obvious wasn’t anything of the sort after all, but more generally there’s value in understanding how different people read and enjoy a book or story.

I’m prepared for all sorts of reactions to the book. Obviously, I hope that at least some of it will be positive, but I can take it if it’s not. Just to have it mentioned in such and such a blog, or review site, or newspaper will be a thrill in and of itself.

But it’s not just the reviews I’m interested in. Reviewers are a special class of reader; they read a book with a slightly different intention than readers whose sole desire is to be entertained.

So, I’m interested in your opinions too. If you’ve picked up The Moon King in a shop because you liked the cover, or at a convention, or because “other people bought” it on Amazon, I’d love it if you’d let the world know. Anything from a tweet to a mini review in Goodreads or LibraryThing would be amazing. Best of all (and, I know, all writers say this – but it REALLY does help) would be a reader comment on the book’s Amazon page.

Or tell your friends, or leave a comment on this post. It’s up to you.

(But Amazon would be better.)


**Talking about reading reviews here. Responding to reviews is a whole nother area that I ain’t touching with a mile-long barge pole.

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