Reviews: good but not where they need to be, waiting for more & can anyone help?

There’s a lot of waiting around in publishing. Times when you feel impotent. In the traditional system it’s waiting for agents and publishers to get back to you. In Indie publishing, it’s waiting for your files to be approved for POD or your paperback to become available in bookstores, or for reviews to  come in.

Aagh! Poor Lethal Inheritance looks positively  naked in the Kindle store and I doubt if anyone is going to buy it without one single review. When it comes in I hope it’s good.

I’ve got a few people who have said they will review it, most are booked in for December when I’m doing a blog tour, but some I’ve asked to do it asap. I’m sure they’re doing their best, but I’m biting my nails here. One person got back to me and said he didn’t like it. I realised that although I thought he might like it, it just wasn’t his thing. It really is for those who read YA . I’m glad that an editor has already approved it for the Awesome Indies (the review is yet to be posted) otherwise I might be thinking it wasn’t good enough, and if you’re a regular reader on my blog, you’ll know how hard I’ve worked to make sure that it is good.

I have reviews from my target audience & some beta readers who read a printed ms a couple of years ago (and it’s better now), but these aren’t people who go on Amazon or Goodreads and they certainly don’t have blogs.

Here’s what they said.

Geoff Beatson an avid reader of YA Fantasy said, ‘I have read a lot of fantasy and I consider this outstanding. It is so exciting and surprising that I didn’t want to put it down. I could never guess what would happen next. It’s a great adventure story bursting with wonder and magic and has an excellent ending.’

Haisley Formosa at 16 years old  wrote, ‘Lethal Inheritance was engrossing from the earliest pages with original characters, plots and settings. The pace doesn’t slow throughout the novel, which made me continually want more and hungry for the next book. I loved the Gimps, in fact I loved the whole concept of the book and especially the little challenges throughout, such as the Lures, Reeds and Shifting Stones.’

Another teenager Racheal Gillespie wrote, ‘I found ‘Lethal Inheritance’ to be adventurous and engaging. The novel took me on a journey through my imagination and into a world of infinite possibilities, yet still I found I could relate to the character perfectly. A beautifully written and highly imaginative story that deals with a spectrum of emotions, ideas, decisions and determination. A perfect read for all teenagers.’

Australian author Peter McAra wrote,
‘When I first read Lethal Inheritance, I was hooked. I saw it as a brand new take on vampires and werewolves. Now we have demons – they’re a lot more revolting and unpredictable than mere vampires. The mother/daughter connection in the story is different and interesting too. The more I read, the more involved I got. The style is pretty addictive – new and powerful, but recognisably young-adult-speak – anything but stereotyped. Lethal Inheritance has an intriguing pace of its own. ‘

Laurie Stiller, Australian children’s author  said…
‘Its a really good yarn . I got quite caught up in it.  It’s inventive and new! The plot is great – always something new and exciting.

Catherine Hammond, the editor and ex publisher that did my manuscript appraisal said in the recommendation she wrote for agents.

‘Not only is its imaginary world intriguing but it poses for its teenage protagonist a sinister threat and an overwhelming challenge, as well as a possible new love. One quirky element is the tangible effect of letting fear take over, which poses the question: what feeds on your fear? The mountain demons to conquer, the skills to learn and the barriers to overcome are all intrinsically tied to the inner life. These parallels and other highly original features make this speculative fiction book — the first in a projected series – an absorbing read.’

Can you help?

So this is a request to save my fingernails. Is there anyone of the 100 or so people who read this blog every day who would like to review Lethal Inheritance for Amazon, Goodreads and your blog, if you have one ( if you haven’t just Amazon and Goodreads will do). I’ll give you a free copy, of course, and if you’re an author and you’ll review it straight away, I will also review a  book for you straight away, if you wish it. Please note, that this is a request for a totally honest review. Your rating of my book will not affect my rating of your book in any way, and I expect that my rating of your book will not affect your rating of my book in anyway. Basically, I do not guarantee you a good review, but I do guarantee an honest one.

If you would like me to review your book, please fill in the form here and note in the message box that you’d like to review Lethal Inheritance.

If you don’t have a book you want reviewed, but you’d love to review Lethal Inheritance, just leave a message here and I’ll get back to you.