Well, not reviewed quite yet.
Last week I posted to a writer’s group on LinkedIn and very shortly after got a reply from Agy Wilson (Literature Correspondent; Maine at Examiner.com) to read Any Tomorrow: The Calling, review it, and post about it.
After I read her offer, it took me a moment to gather my thoughts.
Almost immediately the cynic took over.
And then the questions came:
· Is this for real? Is this a scam?
· Why doesn’t she just buy a copy?
· How do I know she’s a legitimate reviewer (whatever that is)?
· Is she really qualified to review my work (and what qualifications does a book reviewer have anyway)?
· Will her review really mean anything? If her review is favorable and I post it to Amazon and other distributors, will her review potentially influence readers to buy my eBook?
I knew I had to be reviewed, I wanted to be reviewed, but it just seemed so sudden. I tend to be a researcher and very methodical. Before I sent a copy of my eBook anywhere I wanted my questions answered. The problem was that I couldn’t find a directory of “reputable” book reviewers to check.
The problem it seems is that blogging has made the whole reviewing process more egalitarian. Just as self-published eBooks have challenged the paradigm for publishing (anyone can publish anything now), blogging has challenged the paradigm for reviewing (anyone can review anything). Credibility as a reviewer is built within social networks. An MFA isn’t necessarily required anymore.
Despite the evolving paradigms, there are those elitists who remain highly critical of bloggers, preferring to keep reviews, as well as publishing, the province of a chosen few, rather than the many.
In the end, of course, I sent Agy a copy of Any Tomorrow: The Calling and told her to go at it. I once again stepped off into the dark water without any thought of the sharp rocks that might lay beneath the surface. Out of my comfort zone and into her hands (inbox) goes my eBook.
After all, what could happen? Well, basically three things:
1. Her review could be favorable and I’d have my first review to post.
2. Her review could be critical, in which case I’ll have to back up a step and reevaluate my work.
3. She could post a copy of the eBook online so by the time it’s taken down it’s stuck in the slipstreams of the internet forever.
Well, there we are. I have absolutely no concerns that Agy will do anything beyond providing me with a well thought out comprehensive review. Whether it’s good or bad, let the chips fall where they may.
Sometimes you just have to take that step out into the unknown. The dark water that terrified you may turn out to be clear below the surface and the water much deeper than you thought.
I can’t wait for Agy’s review. It can only help me to improve.
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