I had wondered why some people reported to have kept reading my books even though they didn’t like some of them. It baffled me because I don’t go back and read books by authors whose first book I didn’t like. Okay. I’ll rephrase that. I don’t back more than twice. I might give an author some leeway, thinking that particular book did not appeal to me but the next one might. But after two, I say forget it. In fact, I often don’t finish them.
I hadn’t thought of myself as a picky reader, but I guess in some ways I am. I am a picky reader if I read for pleasure. If I read books as an author, I’m not picky. When I read an author, I’m reading it for my business. I like to help other authors when my schedule permits. (Note: my schedule permits less and less all the time.) I don’t know if that makes sense, but it is what it is.
Okay, so I got a wonderful five star review on Bid for a Bride. I had an ad up for it and checked my stats to see if the ad is effective. So far five people have returned the book. So obviously, some people don’t like it. But a greater number kept it. 240 have kept it so far this month. Whether they liked it or not, who knows?
Anyway, I often wondered what it is that bring people back to my books even though they didn’t care for some of my books. And this is why…
I’ve had issues with at least 2 of Ms. Nordin’s stories but the one thing that still has me coming back is her overall pacing and good telling of a story. I don’t like books that are 200+ pages and feel as if the story is rushed. Ms. Nordin, unlike MANY authors doesn’t drag a story. Some things may be very inaccurate but she has good pacing and some REAL great feel good stories.
I thought that was really interesting. True. I have had inaccurate things in my books, and I’ve been lucky to have someone who’s willing to go over them, esp. my early works, to look for those and more. So yes, I am working on resolving that kind of thing, and I am doing my best to do better in this area. Improvement is happening, but it’s been a process.
So the bottom line is my pacing and storytelling are bringing people back. Now I know, and this also helps me pinpoint my strengths. Part of the battle in improving as a writer is knowing your weaknesses, but it helps to know your strengths, too.
So I am glad this person wrote that. It gives me a much better picture of what is going on. So if that person happens to be reading this post, I thank you for giving me insight into what bothers some people about my books because I’ve been asking them and so far, no one has responded.