So I got back from Thanksgiving (spent with some friends in Iowa) to find the first newspaper review of my novel from the Ogden Standard-Examiner, a paper that will henceforth hold a fond spot in my heart.
It’s a mostly positive review. The author, Doug Gibson, says No Going Back is “too didactic sometimes” and complains about one of my common patterns for starting scenes, but also calls it “a powerful tale” and says, “I wish this book was on the shelves at Deseret Book. A lot of us could benefit by reading it.” I’m sure not gonna complain about that.
There’s an idea for a blog that I’ve been batting around mentally about reasons why people might be put off from reading my book. I’ll be posting that this next week, probably. In the meantime, though, the chief thing I’ve realized is that the biggest enemy is people simply not knowing about my book, or why they should want to read it. Anything that can help with that can only be good as far as I’m concerned.
Another thing that has become evident, based on the comments so far on Doug Gibson’s review, is that no one really knows what to say about the book because they haven’t read it. So any of you who have read No Going Back, I’d encourage you to follow the link above and leave a comment if you feel so inclined. I figure, the more people hear about the book from people who’ve read it, the more inclined they’ll be to read it themselves…