It finally arrived...my feedback from The Wishing Shelf Book Award!
I thought I'd copy it all here so that you can read it. Needless to say, I'm really pleased with all the comments and it's given me plenty to think about.
While I've got you, I'm pleased to announce that I'm almost halfway through the second book. It's even more action-packed than the first one and I can't wait to get it out to the first wave of proof readers! If you've read the first book and would like to become a "advanced review" reader for the second, just let me know by emailing email@example.com
"This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: Straybeck Rising
Author: Michael Lynch
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 19
Writing Style: 9/10
Of the 19 readers:
18 would read another book by this author.
17 thought the cover was good or excellent.
18 felt it was easy to follow.
19 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
12 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’.
7 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘developing the characters’.
15 felt the pacing was good or excellent.
18 thought the author understood the readership and what they wanted.
‘Outstanding read. The family dynamics work well and the plot was full of twists I did not see coming.’ Male reader, aged 45
‘This author is pretty good. He works well with setting and character, but his strength is in designing a clever plot to keep the reader gripped. I enjoyed this very much.’ Female reader, aged 52
‘Good backstory, but not too much which helps with pacing. A slow start, allowing the reader time to get to know the characters, then a very pacey ending. Well-constructed and highly entertaining. Dark in parts which works well in the dystopian genre.’ Male reader, aged 49
‘Vividly described setting and a cleverly designed plot. I was rooting for the characters until the very end. This author has potential.’ Male reader (publisher), aged 54
‘Interesting read. I even liked the cover!’ Female reader, aged 21
‘This author should write another book. I’ll read it.’ Male reader, aged 69
To Sum It Up:
‘A gripping dystopian thriller packed full of twists and turns. A FINALIST and highly recommended,’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards