Writing a book is a challenging undertaking. Even more so is the marketing. Fifty thousand new books are published on Amazon each month. So the challenge is to make your book stand out from the crowd… make it appeal to readers. But readers have different tastes and different goals, so the appeal factor is a moving target. That target can be measured somewhat by looking at reviews, but the inconsistencies in reviews leaves me scratching my head.
Reviews are huge to any business. They drive many things, such as, in this case, qualifying for promotions. Obviously, good reviews are preferred over bad, but I do like constructive criticism. After all, the goal is to become more proficient at whatever the task is. And not everyone is going to like everything. That’s why we have vanilla and chocolate… and butter pecan. But the inconsistencies in reviews leave me scratching my head. Here are some examples.
A reader of Dark Alleys wrote: “There is very poor character development and it is hard to feel any empathy for any of the characters.” But another wrote: “In Dark Alleys, Rick juxtaposed plots and well-developed characters make the book a must read!”
I have put a lot of effort into the secondary characters and they have become my friends. A reader posted: “The characters in the books are like good friends and I hope I get to enjoy more time with these.”
A reader of Change of Address wrote: “The character development is also strong in this debut. Spencer alone will bring readers back for the next book. But as regular readers of mystery series know, it is often the secondary characters that keep readers coming back. Here Polad comes through again. The police chief and Spencer’s diner owning friend/first client, and his various friends are all excellent.”
And another: “This novel has a good plot, carefully thought out characters, is well written and keeps you wanting more. I did not want to stop reading.” [Read more…]