Anne R. Allen wrote the perfect blog post about the first bad review, and I would recommend every young/new author to read it. She writes with compassion and humor. Thanks for this one, Anne! You rock!
I’m not sure anything stings as much as that first bad review. You’re riding high in triumph. You finished the project that may have taken decades to complete. Then you survived the crushing editing/ querying/ rejections/ revising/ editing again process. But now you’re finally a published author.
Whether the publisher is yourself or the Random Penguin House, the feeling is the same. It’s your baby and you just gave birth. You are experiencing a moment of bliss.
That review. Somebody hates your baby. They really hate it. You are a talentless hack and a worthless defiler of language. They say you should never write another word and suggest you take up underwater basket-weaving or making throw pillows out of dryer lint.
And it hurts like #$&@.
Read about Kim Fielding’s and F. E. Feeley’s new book at the ‘Drops of Ink’ blog, written by Anne Barwell.
A big welcome to Kim Fielding and F.E. Feeley as part of their tour with Other Worlds Ink for Hallelujah.
The premise and world building in this story are fabulous, and the characters very layered. Although there are romantic elements and a romance in it, it’s not the HEA of a romance novel, and even though the final pages give some hope for Joseph’s future, he’s still got a rough road ahead. I liked the mythos behind Joseph and those like him, and how their abilities work, and how they differ.
I hope this is the first in a series as I’d love read more of this world, and its characters. I got hooked on this story very quickly, and didn’t want to put it down. The writing style flows well and I couldn’t tell where one author handed over to the other as the transitions are very smooth. The settings were very easy to visualise. I particularly liked Stormy’s ability—it’s different and very cool.