What I’m learning from the Amazon numbers?
Good book – bad numbers – Why?
Example: No Shelter (Holly Lin Series). Professional editor Ray Rhamey* says of the first page: The writing is good, the voice appealing. The scene is set, and characters are introduced in an understandable way. Even better, story questions are raised with the promise of shooting ahead.
All sounds great. So why is its Amazon average only 4.2? Here’s what the three-star reviews reveal:
Revealing review: Well written, well edited but difficult to engage with the characters, particularly the heroine. Her history, motivations etc. are scattered through out the book and sparsely, at that. I also winced at the way she treated one of the children she cared for. Pressure points? Really?
Revealing review: 3 Star rating because of the conclusion or should I say lack of conclusion — story just stop/ends as if the author got tired of writing and just said “THE END”. Excellent plot and fast moving with a lot of wild twist and turns. Hate the story series episodes that do not have an ending as they only point you to read the next book to see what happens. For this reason I do not recommend spending the time to get to the unfinished last page. Sad because it is a good read up to that point.
Now, of course, we don’t all like the same things. But these three-star reviewers were ready and willing to love this book, but felt the author let them down in some crucial way. And, a 4.2 average for a well-written book suggests they were not alone.
If you would like to spend your procrastinating time learning from other writer’s mistakes. Here’s Ray Rhamey’s link (and I’m guessing you know how to find Amazon): *https://www.floggingthequill.com/flogging_the_quill/2021/03/index.html