Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Smiling at 3 stars

Most authors love reader input, especially publicly posted reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, or any review site. Of course, the better the review, the more we like it. We are human, after all.
I appreciate anyone who takes the time and effort to rate or review my novels. I admit it usually takes a 4 or 5 star rating to put a bounce in my step, mainly because I like knowing my novel was enjoyed, but also because rating averages are displayed prominently and can influence future purchases. Today, however, I find myself smiling brightly over a 3 star review of Dark Knowledge that I received on Goodreads
I don't typically read books like this, and yes I figured it was going to have something to do with the paranormal, but I didn't think it would go the route it did. The fact that the author used a mentally challenged main character was the big draw to get me to read this book. I was intrigued on how he would present this character, and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the author's writing style and characters - he made you really care about the main character Wesley, and his progress/challenges though out the book. I gave this book this rating only because of the subject matter. Paranormal is not my cup of tea, but I liked the author's style.
Characters are kind of my "thing" as a writer. Yes I enjoy creating a high concept plot, tense situations, and eerie scenes and visual images, but my biggest joy is developing well-rounded, relate-able characters. In this case, I know I succeeded in making a reader care about Wesley and Dark Knowledge's other characters. And she liked my style. *smile*

So yay! for this 3 star review of Dark Knowledge. It's not a high rating, but it delivered a welcome message. And I guess I'm delivering a message here too: Don't forget to leave a rating, especially if you enjoyed a novel. And if you're comfortable adding a few words to explain your rating, do it. A rating with no review can leave an author wondering why someone loved, liked, or didn't care for the novel. Even a few words can help the author absorb the input in a more meaningful way.

Please don't get me wrong here. Any rating is welcome and greatly encouraged. Don't withhold rating a novel just because  you don't want to leave a comment or review, but consider adding even a short explanation. After toiling away for so MANY hours in isolation on our novels, authors crave input.

If you've read any of my novels, I hope you'll consider posting an honest Amazon review.


  1. I'm not surprised. Dark Knowledge was all those things the reader said and more. I loved the story. Cried at the end. But don't tell anyone.