Amazon or get an inkling of whether it's something you'd like from the blurb or other peoples' reviews. How discriminating am I that I'm not even giving a book a chance through the first chapter anymore with the number of free reads out there? What about you? I can't begin to think why you would choose to read my books over some other well known author's. I'm just grateful you do.
Since WereCat Fever is available at Bookstrand.com I'm patiently waiting for the first reviews to come in. Soon it should be showing up at Amazon.
Speaking of reviews: I was just thinking that book reviewers have a tough job. I'm not the best review writer, so I appreciate the ones who do it well. I'm one of those readers who either likes a book or I don't, and I don't want to analyze why. I guess I do that enough in my day job as an editor. But there are the books I share with others and there are ones I buy and keep to read again. I give four or five star reviews to above average books I loved reading. I give three stars for an average read that was enjoyable, if not memorable. It still filled my time and kept my interest, and was entertainment. If it was a below three kind of read, I usually won't mention it. Sadly my expectations of my favorite authors is higher than a new to me author. I see evidence of this in other people's reviews online all the time.
What I don't have patience for are big NY publishers charging top dollar for paperbacks and ebooks without checking the formatting or the editing as closely as they should. Recently, I bought a NY Times best seller (in paperback) that was riddled with errors, missing words, and had a sentence that stopped mid thought and went nowhere. The story was good, enjoyable, entertaining, but the editing was unacceptable. Believe it or not, I'm not that picky--mistakes get through, but not this often. Authors depend on their editors and publishers to do a better job than that. Especially considering how much time it takes to get these books to production. Self published authors could never get by with that level of editing. The author would have their books pulled at AMAZON and get crucified all over Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook for that sort of hot mess.
And if you like my book, recommend me. Don't forget there's nothing better than an enthusiastic word of mouth recommendation. And if you can manage it...write me a short review.
Thank you. I appreciate every one of my readers!