My first novel, Dinosaur Wars: Earthfall, has been out as an ebook for a bit more than a year now, and the reviews keep coming in. Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble have chalked up quite a few and they’re running extremely positive. B&N takes the prize, with 280 customer reviews posted and an average of four stars out of five. Of these, there are literally dozens of five-star testimonials and a bunch of four stars. Of course there are pans too but not too many. Amazon started slowly but has been gaining momentum with 25 reviews so far and a four-and-a-half star overall rating.
It seems somebody out there likes Dinosaur Wars. The reader/reviewers who ‘get’ Dinosaur Wars the best are those who understand it was intended to be a fun read and not something deeper, darker or horribly twisted. It’s an adventure story and lovers of adventures are chiming in that it suits their tastes just fine.
All this justifies my long-standing faith that my science fiction stories will build up a solid readership over time. As Dinosaur Wars:Earthfall takes off, I can’t help but feel a bit of satisfaction that I chose not to use a conventional publisher or an agent. I had spent quite a bit of time consulting with potential publishers and agents, and came away from that experience feeling that they were more interested in having me change my story to fit their preconceived notions of what readers would want, rather than my interest, which was to put my stories in front of readers and let them decide for themselves.
Well, the results are in. I didn’t need to change Dinosaur Wars in order to find readers who would like it. And I can sell it on my own without the intervention of money people from the publishing world. It’s just between me and the reader. I write what I hope readers will like, and readers either agree or they don’t. You can see both types of reactions in the reviews but happily for me and for Dinosaur Wars, the main reaction is delight.
I’m honored and grateful. Blush blush. Next, how about a movie deal?