One of the most nerve-wracking things about having a book published is waiting for the reviews. The publicity manager at Hachette has been fantastic in sending out review copies, and there have been positive mentions in The Australian Womens Weekly, the Womans Day, a regional magazine called Style, and a lovely review in the online book club for Notebook magazine. A couple of crime fiction reviewers have taken the time to read and review it, and there have also been good reviews in some regional newspapers.
All up, I’m really pleased that the book has garnered such a generally positive response so far. It’s not going to be to everybody’s taste, and that’s okay. No book ever is!
One of the key things that Australian readers have commented enthusiastically about is the Australian-ness of the book – but this seems to have been a bit of a stumbling block so far for US publishers that have looked at it. My American critique partners enjoyed the setting and didn’t have trouble with its Australian-ness, but then, they’ve known me for a while.
So, I was delighted this morning, when I stumbled out of bed and to the computer, to discover that Wendy of the Super Librarian blog has read the book, and given it a great review. I’ve been reading Wendy’s blog for ages, (although I’m not sure if I’ve ever commented) and I enjoy her forthright and thoughtful reviews and her comments about the genre and reading it. I love getting the librarian’s perspective of the book industry, and also the behind-the-scenes perspective of library work.
Wendy is, I’m pretty sure, in the Los Angeles area, which has to be just about as opposite as its possible to be to the edge-of-the-outback setting of the book. So its great to know that the book and the setting worked for her – and, naturally, I’m so pleased that she posted such a good review. It’s made my day!
ETA: Just as I’m about to dash out, I found another great review just posted at Crime Down Under. Today has been a great day 🙂