Getting a rave review from a reader is what makes life worth living for many an author but this is my first ‘six star’ write-up!
The Tale Of Findo Gask is currently on promotion and I wasn’t expecting to see any new reviews yet but had a look at the Amazon page to check the book’s sales ranking.
So my jaw dropped to read the following from James Coyle in Vanuatu:
“I’d never heard of this author before until I picked up a free copy of this book. It was absolutely outstanding and is one of the best I’ve read since I purchased my Kindle Reader last year. If I could give it 6 stars I would! As an author of 28 books of my own on Kindle I automatically search for typos and errors. If there were any I didn’t find them.”
James, I know we’ve never met before but you’re my new best friend! Thank you for downloading and I’m delighted you loved the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.
And if anyone else wants to see why James was so impressed, Findo is free for the rest of today and all day tomorrow from:
Glancing back through the library on my Kindle the other day, I suddenly spotted a book I’d downloaded as a freebie many months ago.
I’ve read a lot of books since I got my Kindle a year ago and this one really stands out.
It’s basically four, linked short stories. What made them special for me was the gentle, humorous style and the way that I was so quickly drawn into an imaginary version of Ancient China.
Put quite simply, I just thought this was beautiful storytelling and I really hope that Ian Rowan does one day complete the story of Dao Shi.
I’ve also reviewed two other more recent reads – one of which I really enjoyed and one that other reviewers have raved about but didn’t quite do it for me.
The reviews are on the Latest Reviews page. As well as Amazon’s US and UK sites, I’ve also started posting reviews on Goodreads.
Oh, dear. A few days ago I was blogging about the importance of proofreading. (Yeah, yeah, you say with a yawn.)
That’s right. We all know proofreading is important. Everyone bangs on about it. But here’s a lesson in why.
My novel, The Vault, just got a new review on Amazon. This is an extract:
In addition to the main story of crime and murder, there is teenage angst, first love, bullying, a dark and menacing side with a character preying on children. There is a broken marriage and even some little hint of racial prejudice.
Pretty good so far, eh? Well, it gets better:
On the face of it that would seem to be too much for one book to hold but Huw Thomas skilfully packs all these into an enjoyable, thrilling and enthralling read that is at times unputtdownable.
Wow. Just what an author wants to read. High praise indeed. But here’s the killer:
I would have loved to give this book five stars but it is let down slightly by editing and proof reading glitches which is a shame.
End result is reviewer Diane Dickson only gave The Vault a four-star rating. Not bad but five stars would have been so much better. I can’t blame her. As a reader, I know sloppy editing can be really annoying.
So, fellow authors, the moral is don’t be slack. Skimping on the proofreading will come back and bite you. (Funny isn’t it, I mentioned the dangers of people in glass houses throwing stones when I was writing about this last time. Now it looks as if I’m going to have to sort out a revised edition of The Vault!)
Just time for a quick post – been spending the day taking out a kitchen sink and stripping down a wooden worktop. Not quite the kind of creativity I wanted to fill my day with but sometimes life takes over…
Different but both good reads. I’ve set up a new page for my Latest Reviews.
Hopefully I’ll have a bit more to say for the next post and not spending all my time on DIY!
All authors want reviews so I thought it only fair I should start writing some myself.
I’ve just added a new Reviewing page to the blog – with my thoughts on three very different books:
The Stolen Crown is a story of romance and intrigue set in pre-Tudor England, Mongol Rally is the non-fiction account of an amazing road trip and Only The Truth a folksy tale of what happens when a mysterious young woman turns up in a small Arkansas town.
At the moment I’ve got a backlog of reviews to write – books I’ve read on Kindle over the past few months that have impressed me for one reason or another. I’ll also post my reviews onto Amazon (UK & US sites).
I’m not going to write long critiques – just whatever it takes to convey what I think are the key points for potential readers.
Once I’ve caught up with this backlog, I’ll decide whether to open this blog to review requests or just review those books that take my fancy. In the meantime, I hope my reviews are of interest – and if you’ve read something good don’t forget to post a review somewhere!
This whole e-book publishing world is quite new to me so I’m taking it a step or two at a time.
Having got my first books out there on Amazon – and picked up some very nice reviews – the next stage is to try and raise the profile of my novels.
Which is why I’m looking for more reviewers to help spread the word.
I’ve got three novels available and I’m offering 10 copies of each on a first-come, first-served basis. I can send copies in various formats – .epub, .mobi etc – that should work with most types of e-readers. All I ask in return is that if you like the book you post a review on Amazon and any other forums/sites that you use.
For more information about each book, click on the links for Findo Gask if you want to read about how a young boy born into poverty becomes a master thief, Thin Ice for a thriller about a young journalist who wakes in hospital to find that his perfect life doesn’t exist anymore and that there’s a serial killer stalking young women…
Or The Vault for a story of childhood drama, hidden secrets and murder – published in aid of the disaster relief charity ShelterBox.