If we were having coffee today, I’d realize I hadn’t seen you in a week so I guess I’d simply have to mention my latest review. It’s a little bit of a redo since I’ve already posted about it but consider this: the review was so good, I think it deserves two posts.
If an author is a scone, reviews are the butter and jam. They are a source of validation, although they can sometimes be the source of consternation. The best reviews are unsolicited, but writers can also submit books for review. I hope that doesn’t surprise you but surely you didn’t think those newspaper or magazine book reviews were random, did you? It is always a gamble. Not every book is for every person so you never quite know how your book will be received.
In a way, this was a random review since the reviewer expressed interest in the book. Some reviews, like on Amazon or other sales outlets are pretty much a surprise. “Oooo, look, a new review!” I’ll say when I notice it. But when you submit to a reviewer the waiting game starts. There is a period of anticipation as you wonder, will they like it? Will they not like it? Will the simply post something like, “Meh … yeah, it’s a book,” or “wow, what a lot of words.” But wow, when it is finally out and you read things like, “Thomas Fenske is an incredible talent and an author whose work radiates throughout,” it tends to make one’s heart beat a little harder for a few minutes.
But that’s just me. You can check it out for yourself here.
I guess it sounds like I’m reviewing the review, but really, I’m humbled by the reviewer’s reaction and elated. I want to share it from the highest mountaintop. But I guess quietly talking over a steaming cup of coffee will have to do. Now, for some reason I’m hungry. Scone?
Thomas Fenske is an author living in NC. He encourages you to leave reviews for your reads … they are important to an author. A simple review on Amazon can be a big deal to the success of the book. It doesn’t have to be long, “really enjoyed it” will do. Even “Meh” helps … it’s something of a numbers game.
Check out his web page at http://thefensk.com