Try not to care about reviews? Yeah, right …..

Jeffrey KeenI’ve read a lot of discussion lately about how reviews are meant for other readers, not for the writer of the work that is being reviewed. I understand the point, of course, but think that almost anyone who pours their heart and soul out for months (or years) into a book ends up craving some feedback. Sales only provide a cold, dry number, and if you’re self-published like I am, it will seldom be an encouraging one.  Friends and family can and will give opinions, but of course they are biased and usually they aren’t part of the target audience anyway.

A writer wants to know what total strangers, ones who like the kinds of books she writes, think about her book. So yes, reviews matter to a writer, whether they should or not.  I imagine they must mean as much to an actor, or a musician or anyone who puts themselves out there to entertain and amuse the world, and there is no way around that. Once a books has hundreds of reviews, I suppose that individual ones matter less. I hope some day to find out.

One knows that one shouldn’t respond to any review personally no matter how badly one wants to, and no matter how much the review has made your spirits soar or forced your mood into a deep abyss. I’ve been doing a virtual book tour with Reading Addiction Blog Tours these past few weeks and four reviews have been posted so far.

The first, on A Life Through Books, appeared on April 22nd and it begins with “This novel was quite surprising in the fact that it was much deeper than I was expecting from a Science Fiction novel. We are giving everything we love from a good Sci-Fi novel as well as focus on the deeper family/drama aspects of life.” Talk about a reason to jump for joy. “Yes, yes” I wanted to shout. “You got it. You understand.” But of course I didn’t shout anything. I try to be a well-behaved writer.

April 30 A Shelf Full of Books published a review that said “Z Squared is a multi-faceted novel not only about a teacher with the ability to manipulate the speed of time, but about the mystery of the treasure related to a Mayan artifact and racism with overtones of the Klu Klux Klan. There was definitely more to this novel than the synopsis implied.” Another reader who got it. I’m squirming in my chair now, but I’m still not saying anything.

May 1 Pure Jonel reviewed z2. She only gave it three stars (sigh) but her words were so positive that I hardly cared. Her review begins “What a unique story. It took me a bit to warm up to the story, but once I did I was hooked.” I’m so glad that she stuck it out!

Then yesterday Mommasez reviewed it and she said “Being interactive was the first highlight of this book. The second was that the story was so well-written and entertaining.” Okay at this point I have to do something. This is so exciting for me. So I figure one little blog post here, mentioning how happy these reviews make me, is surely within the bound of good taste.

(Thanks to writer Jeffrey Keen on Facebook for sharing the image above.)

Time enough to take my time

growing bolder 5The last few weeks have flown by with the publishing of my fourth book c3, and I have been overwhelmed with the demands of trying to get this latest book the attention and publicity it needs for a successful launch. Should I do blog tours? How many? With who? I’ll use my free kindle days. How best to publicize them? How much dare I spend?

Blogging, normally something fun I do to relax, has become a chore to tired hands and even tireder eyes. I need at least twenty-six hours in day. Maybe thirty right now.

However, I’ve been through this before and I know that it will pass. My frantic response to a new book will subside, and what will be will be.  I’ll be back here soon posting about confederate flags and puzzles and the nature of time and hope for the future. I’ll have enough time to take my time, and enjoy the journey.

Please will check out this new creation of mine, c3, available on kindle here. Please like the Facebook page Growing Bolder. The image above came from them.

z2 goes on tour

In the never ending quest to find those readers who enjoy my kind of writing, I’ve signed z2 up for its first blog tour. The fine folks at Orangeberry will will be trotting out z2 blurbs and excerpts and hopefully even a few reviews before they are done, as well as featuring me on a few guest posts and interviews. I’m excited!

Click here to visit Orangeberry Virtual Book Expo

Click here to visit Orangeberry Virtual Book Expo

Please come find me at the locations below, and also check out some of the material being produced by my fellow eager indie authors.  I am always impressed with the breadth of unusual topics and story lines. Those of us who are trying to make it outside of the traditional world of publishing are a creative lot, you’ve got to give us that.

Book Tour Schedule 

13th August  – Book Feature at Peace from Pieces

14th August – Twitter View with OB Book Tours

15th August – Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours

16th August – Author Interview at Mommy Adventures

17th August  – Guest Post at The Bunny’s Review

18th August – Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours

19th August – Book Review & Author Interview at The Reading Cat

20th August – Guest Post at Blog-A-Licious Authors 

21st August – Book Review & Author Interview at Author’s Friend

22nd August – Book Review at UK Book Club

23rd August – Guest Post & Book Review at Me, You & Books

24th August – Book Review at Book Professor

25th August – Author Interview & Book Review at Brainy Reads

26th August – Guest Post at Paws on Books

27th August – Book Review at Gentleman Reads

28th August – Author Interview at My Life in Books

29th August – Book Review at Journey’s thru Books

30th August – Author Interview at Top Shelf Books

31st August – Book Review at A Novel Design

1st September – Guest Post at Non-Stop Reads

2nd September – Excerpt at Quality Reads

9th September – Author Interview at Nobody Important

16th September – Guest Post & Book Feature at Book Connoisseur

23rd September – Excerpt at Next Big Book Thing

30th September – Author Interview & Book Feature at Just My Opinion

7th October – Guest Post at Aspiring Books