So The Rebuilding Year released on Tuesday, and I watched with a mixture of delight and disbelief as it moved up Amazon’s Best Sellers in Gay & Lesbian Genre Fiction. Until around 24 hours after release, it briefly hit #1. Wow.
At that time the book had no reviews on Amazon, although I was deeply appreciative of the two that had come out on Reviews by Jessewave. (So glad that the threatened “dueling reviews” turned out to be both positive.) Still, to move that fast, most people were buying the book based on very little information, simply because I wrote it and they trusted me to give them a good story. That’s… amazing, heartwarming, and a little scary.
I try not to write the same book over and over. So this one is slower, less dramatic, bi-for-you (or gay-for-you) and family oriented. It’s not as much of a mystery as the blurb suggests. (There’s a downside to having a publisher with a professional blurb-writer – I guess they like to emphasize the drama. Although it may well help sales so it has pros as well as cons.) The mystery is a backdrop to the personal story. Hopefully most of the people who buy it will like it and find it worth the read. Inevitably, some won’t. That’s been true of anything I ever wrote – not one book without some two-star reviews. That’s life. (I like remembering that’s true even for The Lord of the Rings.)
It’s a little more salient, though, when people are buying my work based mainly on my previous skills. The desire not to disappoint is sharper, I guess. I am fascinated to see the early reviews, what worked and what didn’t, for readers. (Sometimes it was the same thing, a positive or a negative for two different viewpoints.)
I wanted to just say thanks here, for showing your faith in my writing by grabbing this book so quickly. And for all the thoughtful reviews that are already popping up, that will help other readers decide if this one is for them or not. The readers in this m/m romance community have been wonderful, articulate, and supportive in a way I never expected. As a writer, you guys just blow me away. Thank you.