I don’t usually blog about my reviews, and with good reason. When you ask someone to take hours out of their own life to read something you’ve written, it’s best to let them have their opinion and leave it be.
I know I’ve loved books others don’t like, and missed the charm many found in popular books. Reading is an interaction between the author and the writer, and the two don’t always match up well, even when an intelligent reader comes across a well done story. We’re all different, right?
None-the-less, it made me smile this morning when two reviewers of Shape of Secrets happened to get my style and like what I am trying to do. Mary DeSantis has a blog called Kit ‘N Kabookle, spotlighting books and authors of fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller/suspense, romance, and ya. She liked my “thought-provoking and expertly woven tale of the human condition.” http://kitnkabookle.blogspot.com/2019/05/shape-of-secrets-by-s-r-cronin…
It wasn’t so much that the reviews were basically positive (though they were and I’m glad they were), it’s that these two reviewers happened to like what I’m trying to do. It’s no given in life, but it sure is nice when it happens.
y1 has been out for a while now, and it has several dozen reviews under its belt, here and there. None-the-less it makes my day when I find a new one, especially when the reader enjoyed the book. Let’s face it. I’ve poured my heart and soul into this story, and yes I do crave feedback. Sales only provide me with a cold, dry number.
A writer wants to know what total strangers, ones who like the kinds of books she writes, think about her book. So yes, reviews matter to a writer, whether they should or not. I imagine they must mean as much to an actor, or a musician or anyone who puts themselves out there to entertain and amuse the world, and there is no way around that. Once a books has hundreds of reviews, I suppose that individual ones matter less. I hope some day to find out.
Imagine my joy the other day when I was doing a search for something else and found the wonderful blog The Printed Word which features reviews by Melissa. There it was, a review of y1 posted January 10, 2014. Her review begins with “I give this book a 5 out of 5. Once again, Sherrie Cronin shows off her amazing research skills! Like the first novel in the series, x0, she weaves real facts and controversial, sensitive topics in with the fictional Zeitman family. This time we follow Lola’s son, Zane, as he learns at a young age that he can adjust his appearance to better blend in, much like a chameleon.”
What a wonderful surprise. I’m going to kick up my heels and dance for joy.
(Thanks to Zen2Zany on Facebook for the image that appears above.)
According to the kids’ song, it’s the wheels on the bus …. but some days it’s the thoughts in the head, the feelings in the heart, and excitement in your soul that you can hardly contain as it all twirls and spins with the very force that powers the universe itself.
Joy. I wrote y1 to celebrate the joy I feel deep in my own soul and to encourage others to experience joy in their life as well. It was a surprise for me when I discovered that the writing itself would bring me so much happiness too. Today I got a series of reviews for y1 on Goodreads and I got a compliment that made me want to sing.
“I have never read a book like this and probably never will. It had the innocence of Harry Potter that crossed paths with Star Trek. Absolutely fantastic read.”
Don’t get me wrong, I’m delighted with the Harry Potter and Star Trek references (both of which I love) and I will never be anything but ecstatic when someone calls something I wrote “a fantastic read”. But it’s the first eight words that has me dancing for joy. y1 is a book about being ones own unique self and … well … at least one person out there thinks it is a really unique book. How cool is that?
For more thoughts on the forces of life twirling and spinning, check out my z2 blog here as I speculate on seeing the future and check out my x0 blog here for thoughts on particle physics and world peace.