Posted by author on 8/1/2016 9:34:44 PM
When readers voice their opinions of my work in their reviews, I have a strict no retaliation policy. If someone expresses a negative viewpoint, I don't respond. I instead choose to appreciate the time they took to read the book and leave a review.
Now that Beyond Cloud Nine has been published for almost two years, I've received enough feedback to glean a few recurring patterns in what people are saying. Therefore, this blog post takes a look at the top three constructive criticisms about the novel: the "slow start" of the beginning, the grand-sweeping conspiracy, and the likeability of the main protagonist.
The first and most common shortcoming I read in reviews is that the book starts off slow. I understand what readers mean when they say "slow," but from a pacing and action standpoint, the first few chapters are anything but slow. After a handful of introductory pages, chapter 1 portrays two space battles. Following a terrorist attack at the end of chapter 2, chapters 3 and 4 are mostly action. Chapters 5 through 12 take it down a notch with character building and interpersonal conflict but the pace of the exposition remains steady. I think readers who get used to the action in the first 4 chapters might perceive a brief lull in 5-12.
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Posted by author on 7/6/2016 8:37:42 PM
I'm excited to announce that Doug Dahlgren will be interviewing me on The Prologue, a radio show on America's Web Radio, at 11am EST/10am CST on Friday, July 15h. Many thanks to Doug to having me as a guest. You can listen to the show live by clicking here when it's time for the show (find the play button where it says "click here" on the right side of the screen). Or you can download the America's Web Radio app on Google Play or iTunes. During the show, we'll be discussing Beyond Cloud Nine (Beyond Saga Book 1) and other aspects of my writing. It should be a good time!