Our First Review:
We entered R(A)Ts in a writing contest, going up against both established novelists and first-timers (like us). It was anonymous on both sides — the reviewer didn’t know who we were, and we didn’t know who s/he was. Which prevents us from thanking him/her in person, but we want to put it out there… thank you!
Whoever you are, your review arrived in the mail the same day that we were getting ready to go to court to battle an awful person who wanted to take our puppy away (for reasons having nothing to do with anything other than wanting to show that she could). In the end, the judge threw her case out on its butt, right prevailed, the Good Guys won one, and Gingeroo is safe where she belongs — annoying Moby and trying to dig her way to the Earth’s core through her sand box.
On the day that review arrived, we were exhausted. We were stressed beyond description (it really was months of hell and ate up months of our lives). Then the letter carrier delivered a magical envelope that reminded us that yes, we had a life outside of that situation. With renewed excitement about getting through that mess and back to writing, we took care of business, then got back to work.
There was both useful criticism and thoughtful praise in that review, and we considered all of it. But at that moment, I really needed to be reminded that I’m a writer. It had felt as though I’d left all of that to become a professional, full-time defendant, working night and day to protect our puppy, unable to think about anything else. Within hours of getting that review, I was focusing again on the next book.
Here are some of the things the reviewer said:
“I was drawn into her (the protagonist’s) mind and world very eloquently… it was a fun read… I totally appreciated the dry humor, sense of self-determination and self-deprecation… great tension and good humor… there is definitely internal tension and it is well-crafted… I was hooked.”
Whoever you are, thank you! Hearing that you could relate to the heroine’s experiences and it made you laugh helped me to think about something other than that @#$#! lawsuit and get back to writing. And maybe even helped me get into a mental space that helped me to take care of business in the courtroom, so thank you from Ginger as well.
We broke Kindle Scout!
Well, not really. We did very well on Kindle Scout and appeared on the “reader recommended” list several times, but then Kindle pulled the plug on the program. It was still a good experience. Lots of people got to read the first 10 pages or so, and liked the book enough to recommend it for publication. To hear from people who read our writing and wanted to see our books published was great. We were, and are, thrilled!
Writing is usually a solitary thing, like writing a message, putting it into a bottle, and throwing it into the sea. It might be a long time before you hear from anyone, if you hear at all. You hope you’re getting your idea across… but it’s a long-distance, long-time conversation where you go on to other things, then hear from someone who just heard what you had to say.
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