I published my book three weeks ago and I’ve been looking forward to reading any reviews that might appear on Amazon. Well I got my first review, but it’s a little negative. In fact, it’s extremely negative:
What a joke. I am so sorry that I purchased this book. I can’t imagine who would actually enjoy it.
OK. I can handle that. I know that not everyone will like my book. Fair enough. But it’s a little disappointing to see it written down.
However, I know that this review is not entirely accurate. I know that because I also adapted my book as a radio play and sent it to the BBC. They liked it enough to send me a detailed reply:
This is a refreshingly offbeat radio drama that pairs a domestic drama about a struggling marriage with Indian gods and pseudo reincarnation. The different elements fit together surprisingly well and inject what could have been a predictable tale about a downtrodden man and his demanding wife with something fresh.
There are some great lines of dialogue and the banter between the characters often feels lively and funny. The writing has an amiable and engaging tone that makes for an enjoyable read.
There were aspects that the BBC felt could be improved and I worked on those before publishing The Yoga Sutras as a novel. So I know that it isn’t as bad as the one-star review suggests, because the BBC told me so.
What the book needs now is some more reviews on Amazon. A professional publisher would have organized this, but as you know I’m not a pro. Far from it. I just wanted to ask, if any of you here have read my book, would you mind writing a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.com? It doesn’t have to be a glowing 5-star review. I’m not asking you to say anything that isn’t true. Just a review. Two stars, three stars. Whatever. Just a review.