SPLIT TO SPlNTERS (Eli Sharpe #2) is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords, so go get it, if you’re so inclined. It’s a solid mystery with the charming and resourceful detective Eli Sharpe. As for the plot, think the father-daughter drama from King Lear and the action and witty dialogue from an episode of the Rockford Files. . .that’s my new novel. Anyway, I hope you like it, and if you do, review it on Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble and/or mention it on social media.
As a writer, I want as many people as possible to a) buy my book, b) read and enjoy it, and c) review it on Amazon, Goodreads, and/or any other place that might attract more readers. Of course, I would love it if all the reviews of my books were positive, but even the ones that aren’t, I’m grateful for (no, really).
And here’s why: bad reviews often point out serious or at least noticeable flaws in your novel. Take a look at what Kemper on Goodreads had to say about my first novel GO GO GATO.
Eli was just a little too quirky for my taste in the early going when it seemed like every description and line of dialogue was done just to illustrate how offbeat he is. (This eagerness to establish his personality leads to a wicked continuity error early on when Eli proudly shows Veronica that he is wearing a Rolling Stones t-shirt under his seersucker jacket, and then points out his Wilco t-shirt to her about 30 seconds later.)
Ouch, but he’s absolutely right. After reading this otherwise positive review, I went back and read over some of the early chapters, and I actually cringed at how often I did, just as Kemper writes, find a way to work in some bit of Sharpe’s backstory into the dialogue or exposition. And here’s the problem with that: it pulled Kemper, the reader, out of the story I was attempting to tell. I just finished writing the third novel in the Eli Sharpe series, and I made a conscious effort to NOT overemphasize the character’s quirkiness. . . all because an astute reviewer took the time to point it out.
So if you’re like me, a relatively unknown novelist looking to gain a wider audience AND improve as a writer, you should definitely pay attention to the criticisms in your reviews. I did and I think my latest book is the better for it.
Enter to win a free paperback copy of SPLIT TO SPLINTERS (Eli Sharpe #2) on Goodreads. Or, if you’re so inclined, pre-order the book on Amazon. Check out the synopsis below to see if it’s your cup of tea.
Jim Honeycutt, a vigorous Hall of Famer who still hurls 90 MPH fast balls in his 50s, is missing his three-hundredth career win baseball, and an anonymous note points to his daughters. Cherchez la femme, or so they say. In this case, there isn’t just one female involved, but six, and they are all suspects. Four lovely daughters, their seductive mother, and their mother’s best friend.
Eli Sharpe, an ex pro-baseball player based in Asheville, North Carolina, who investigates cases related to his former profession, sets out to delve into the complicated family dynamics of the Honeycutt clan. Other than the daughters, there are the various men who trail after them as well as the washed-out writer who lives in the Hall of Famer’s basement, supposedly writing his biography.
The culprit has to be someone in Jim’s circle. So how difficult can it be to expose them? Even Eli, with his already close acquaintance with human treachery, isn’t prepared for what he will find.