Believe it or not, a one-star review is truly a gift. Not everybody gets one. Count yourself lucky if you can honestly admit to receiving a one-star review.
The fact is, five-star reviews are rather easy to come by. You get one in one of two ways. The easiest, of course, is to write a stellar book. The other is to have your friends review your book at Amazon. Seems like it would be easier to get your friends to review your book than to write a perfect novel, but not really. Perfect is in the eye of the beholder and no matter what you write, someone out there thinks it’s perfect. Someone totally gets it. Your friends? You can’t always count on them. My advice is: from this day forward start picking your pals better. They should at least be able to read. If they like to read books, so much the better. But further, they should be the type that don’t mind putting down a few words here and there in comment sections. Those are the people you should go for when choosing friends from now on.
Getting a one-star review, now that’s tough. A one-star implies anger, punishment, vindictiveness. You have to touch a nerve to get a one-star. When you come across a book you don’t like, do you take the time to write about it? No. You toss it to the incinerator and move on. To motivate you to go online and spew vitriolic hatred forth, you’d have to have emotion invested. Lots of it and it must be negative. Negative emotion comes from a raw nerve. For a writer to find and expose that nerve takes guts and talent. Supreme talent. Only the very best of scribblers ever get a one-star review.
Naturally I’ve received one.
My new book, The Perpetual Motion Club (YA spec fic), has launched today. And yes it received a one-star review. I’ll not go into it here or even provide a link for it. I just want the world to know that, yes, I too, have touched a nerve. I have made a difference and changed the world. I motivated a reader.
I’m not satisfied, though. I’d like to see a few reviews up at Amazon. If anybody would like a free ebook of The Perpetual Motion Club in exchange for a review (1-stars happily accepted), let me know ([email protected]) and I’ll shoot you a copy.
Here’s some blurbage:
Elsa Webb just wants to make it through her high school years with her dignity intact, but everyone – parents, teachers, basketball team – seems to be against her. She turns to the murky world of perpetual motion phenomena for answers and starts a club. With her perpetual motion club she immerses herself in a strange, new scene filled with dubious characters intent on defying the laws of physics. As she gets caught up in the idea of building a perpetual motion machine, Elsa treads dangerously close to the edge of sanity until salvation comes from the last place she expected it. Told with light humor, The Perpetual Motion Club is for anybody who has ever had an idea.
Here’s a nice quote from one reviewer who did not have a raw nerve to tread upon:
“This novel flouts the YA tropes and runs along its own path, not one which is beaten, but one which is triumphant. This is a warm, fascinating and engrossing novel which I could not stop reading. Until I came to my own screeching halt at the end, that is. I wanted more! Highly recommended, but only if you’re tired of trope and want something new, original, and well put together.” — Ian Wood, Novellem
See the book’s not all bad.
The print book will be available soon (later today, maybe?) Otherwise for right now, only the ebook is available.