As my title suggests, this post is about a Christmas wish. But let's start this from the beginning, shall we?
Back in September I had an Amazon freebie mostly hoping to see how this service works. I didn't have any expectations what so ever. I'm not that naive. And that's a good thing, because without pouring money into advertisement the results were bleak.
I had more than a hundred downloads, but they resulted in 0 reviews.
Now fast forward a few weeks when I decided to do a goodreads giveaway (the one for $119, yes! I am crazy!!!). But I wanted to check if the paid service would result in something better.
Oh, it resulted...
On the plus side more than 700 people added my book to their goodreads "to-read" list. But after the giveaway ended and the winners got their books, my Customers who bought this item also bought list on Amazon book's page got completely screwed up. This is how it looks now:
It might be just me, but I imagine that most people who read about spirituality or educational reforms don't read many romances. But hey, maybe I'm just narrow minded. Who knows. The funny thing is - that row looked very differently prior to goodreads' giveaway.
Another plus would be - I finally got a review! But is it the review I was waiting for?
And here we come to the part about Christmas wishes.
I must confess that for about a week (or even more) I have been listening to Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You nonstop (I was in the Christmas mood, what can I say :D). And somehow I would always end that line with the word "reviews". So when a few days ago I saw that there was a new review on Amazon, I was ecstatic!
Now every author knows how important reviews are. More importantly, how hard it is to get them sometimes. Little did I know my joy would die a sudden death the moment I started reading it.
Don't get me wrong. This is not a post to whine or bitch about a bad review. I have had them before. And I respect people having different opinions or giving constructive critique. The latter is very welcome. (I do want to improve.) What threw me, however, was the part where the reviewer basically admitted that she knew she would not like my book before even reading it because it was not her cup of tea.
And to think that's precisely the thing I asked before doing the giveaway - for people who know they wont like it not to enter!
This is a lesson for me, I guess. And my Christmas gift apparently!
But speaking about Christmas gifts... I remembered that a have a few deleted scenes for Book1 and Book2 that I wanted to share for a long time now. But I could never manage to do that. See, I'm a perfectionist! And I publish only after rounds of editing and rewriting. But these little scenes have never seen an editor in their lives! (They could definitely use some polishing.) But somehow, after this bad review I feel like I can finally do this.
This is a scene that got cut from Till Death and Beyond because the book had already more than 100k words, and it wasn't that relevant to the plot. (Although I hated cutting this, and not being able to explore this.)
I write books I would love to read with fantasy worlds I would like to be a part of. Where anything is possible, but nothing more magical than love.