The most recent review of my novel included the statement, “it’s professionally-written”. That’s most definitely a compliment and a valuable review, but not an immediately helpful one.
Why? It goes back to my theory of amazon.com having “neighbourhoods”. My novel is currently in The Gutter, which is the least desirable neighbourhood to be in. Check out my last post (written yesterday, posted this morning) for why. Maybe I should call them what they are – virtual shelves. In this case, my novel’s on the bottom row of one of the bookshelves in the back corner of the bookshop, behind the concrete support pillar, next to the toilets. Simply put – Amazon has no reason to put it on display next to the door or the cash registers. It might be junk.
So back to the “professionally-written” review. Excellent! Finally there’s a reason to move it from the less pleasant smelling area to a bit closer to the money. It says nothing about how to get it there though. To do that, people (who are not me) will need to:
1) pile on more adjectives. “Professionally-written” is good, but I also have to hope people would like to use words like “engaging” and “a good read” (not an adjective), or perhaps just “good value”.
2) say these things publicly. It’s no good saying nice things if no-one ever hears them.
I’ll have a think about how to achieve point #2 and get back to you. Point #1 is out of my hands so I just have to hope for the best on that one.