Saturday, April 23, 2011

One of My First Reviews for Vallar.

Yesterday, I was so excited to see that I had received one of my first reviews for my novel "Vallar" on Amazon. You can see it here if you're curious.

Vallar on Amazon

I had put in for a review on this one site called Reader's Favorites. about three weeks ago. They will only post their review if you receive from 4 to 5 stars. They also have a contest going on, but I didn't enter it because it costs about $85 from what I remember.

But anyway, I am pleased with the review. Also I have received a couple of short positive reviews too, which I greatly appreciate. This has given me a boost in motivation to continue writing.

Meanwhile, I have also put in for reviews on many other sites, and I'm still waiting on those. As I mentioned before, most book reviewers are backed up these days. I've heard advice about submitting for reviews before your book is published, however, that can cause some complications. What if they want to post it somewhere, and you're book is not even out. It's hard to know how to proceed. Once you're published you move into a different kind of waiting. You go from waiting to hear about queries and book releases, to waiting for reviews, and other promotional type things. Although, the wait isn't nearly as long in comparison.

Hard work pays off. Happy writing, everyone.


Anonymous said...


I'm starting up a 'Critiquing and Supportive Crusaders' program, where participants in the Second Crusade can find other writers to exchange critiques with or form supportive critiquing circles. If you're interested, come by The Kelworth Files to check it out!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Yippee! Congrats on that!


Susan Fields said...

Happy writing to you, too - and congrats on your review!

Michael Offutt said...

Vallar is a kickass book Cindy. You shouldn't be afraid that you'll get awesome reviews. The frustration is just in getting other people to find out about it. I watched the Royal Wedding yesterday along with 3 billion other folks in the world and it's so strange that some things get such publicity. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to even have the standing to be invited to an event like that and to rub elbows with the handsome Prince William or say hi to Kate Middleton in person (I'd probably pass out from the escitement of it all). But it's just so strange that humans gawk over certain things simply because THEY EXIST and for no other reason. Anyway, wouldn't it have been cool if there'd been a single 20 second plug for your book in front of 3 billion If wishes were fishes the sea would be full.

Cinders said...

Thanks for the encouragement. The hard thing is to get readers to see it and be open minded to trying an Indie. This is even though the first 4 chapters are already free. I admit, I don't like the marketing part of it at all. It cuts into the writing time too much, and I'm basically a shy person, so I have to push myself. Anyway I have some ideas. We'll see. :)