More joy of mixed reviews

An email from Hidden Gems letting me know the review process was drawing to an end (so far I have had thirteen). They sign off:

As you may or may not know, one of the things we ask from our readers is if they want to leave any optional comments for the author about their book.  Here are the comments left for you.  Thanks again!

  • wow what a great read
  • I didn’t like anything about this book from the writing to the story. Sorry, I’m not leaving a review it would be bad.
  • this book was one of the better ones I have read lately

If I could do an emoji it would be an :-()  As I posted previously, The Poison People never set out to be an easy-peasy read (indeed, in truth, I was feeling rather experimental when I wrote it) and it was a mistake to initially describe it as straight sci-fi, but the fact that opinion has been so polarised suggests to me that it succeeded as a work of art in its own right. Literature is supposed to elicit a response, and it has certainly achieved that. I would have been disappointed if all my feedback had been that it was simply average.

Now I have amended the blurb and re-categorised it as literary fiction (albeit retaining one sci-fi category), it will be interesting to see how it goes down. I should hopefully find out soon: my five-day “free” promotion has so far resulted in over 1,300 downloads!  If you are thinking of taking advantage of this offer, I’d do so by Tuesday, after which it will be priced at $2.99.



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