That First Review

There is no period of time longer, more feared and dreaded, than the period of time between a new book release and the first review appearing on Amazon. Because no matter how good you think that novel is, you just don’t know what the other seven billion people on the planet are going to think of it.

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A book launch is similar to a sailboat sailing into uncertain waters.

So you let your skiff of paper set sail onto the ocean of book readers and pray for fair skies and following seas. And then you wait. And wait. And wait some more. Each second feels like a day until that moment when the first review pops up.

Then comes that dreaded feeling like no other as you click to open it and see what the verdict is.

Last week, my new novel, When The Gods Fell, was released and I’ve spent the last few days wondering: Will she sail the waters or sink to the bottom? Today, I got an early indication. The first review hit.

New COver copySumming it up, the reviewer gave it 4 out of 5 stars and laid out an in-depth and very fair and balanced review. Check it out right here.

If the review has you intrigued, give the book a read. Its available on Amazon in both e-book and print formats. An audiobook is on the way but will likely be a couple of more weeks before it becomes available.

Here’s the link to buy the book.

Of course, one review is not a certain guarantee of overall success. But I’ve found that the first review usually is a good indicator of what is to follow. So many thanks to Ambrose for a great review and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as he did.

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