So far I’ve received one five star, a four star and a one star review for my Kindle book The Pillbox. Two reviews were from the US (amazon.com) and one from the UK (amazon.co.uk). The one star review says:-
The story is so disjointed, it is hard to follow the story. I am trying, but I do not think I will be able to finsih it.
It’s not unexpected and the criticism is fair. The plot is based on flashbacks and the (very kind!) five star reviewer described it as intricate.
this is a novel of intricate and well-crafted complexity
I knew this would be an issue before I began writing. After completing the first few chapters I reviewed what I’d undertaken and nearly decided not to carry on. I was very keen to write the book, but at that point I wasn’t sure how the story would unfold. I knew it had lots of potential to be complex though – mainly because of the flashback device.
In the end of course I carried on, enjoyed writing it and after some encouraging but not for us comments from literary agents I decided to publish it on Kindle. I made that move with some trepidation, but self-publishing always attracted me and the Kindle is an ideal way to get started.
It’s not a route to any kind of income unless you are extraordinarily successful. What does that mean? Not sure, but top one percent I’d say. All in all it’s been an experience I wouldn’t have missed though. Hundreds of hours work, but worth it.
By the way – it’s obvious to me that all those who leave comments here have at least a book or two in them.
Think about it!