I’d like to be one of those cool, above it all types who says, “I don’t care what readers or critics think. I write what I want to write and let the chips fall where they may.”
I do tend to write what I like to read, but I’ll confess to checking sales figures and rankings and reviews more than I probably should. Normally, this is no big deal. While a part of me would love to have everyone give my books five stars and rave reviews, a bigger part knows that’s never going to happen. I’ll admit I get a twinge when I get dinged, but I know I can’t please every single reader out there. All I can do is the best I can do and leave it at that. And honestly, Redemption has had a nice reception, so I have no room to complain.
But speculation…that’s another beast.
You see, I have a mystery on my hands. Or at least, something interesting.
Redemption has been out for nearly four months. Sales are still respectable, but interest in the book isn’t what it was a couple of months ago. In July, on Goodreads, I’d been seeing maybe one or two people a day adding the book to their To Be Read shelf. Some days, there was no shelving going on at all. But as of July 17th, that trend has changed. On the 17th, I saw 11 people add it–six of them labeling it as Currently Reading (one of them has already finished it). On the 18th, six people added it–every single one of them Currently Reading it. It’s only afternoon on the 19th. But already three have added it, two of them Currently Reading it.
Now please, please know–I’m thrilled anytime anyone wants to read something I’ve written. I’m not annoyed or upset. I’m curious.
In my admittedly limited time on Good Reads, I find most frequently a book is added under the heading of To Be Read. I know that’s what I do with my own purchases. So the fact that out of 20 people who added the book in a three day period, 14 of them immediately started reading it is a little unusual.
The other thing that has me a little surprised is that the vast majority of these folks have no other m/m books on their shelves. That makes me a little nervous as the one person out of this group who’s finished the book seemed surprised to find it had explicit m/m scenes in it, and really didn’t enjoy it. I worry that maybe these people might be getting my little futuristic m/m romance with D/s undertones confused with some other book titled Redemption. (I guess. I don’t know.)
So anyway, color me intrigued. If any of those readers stumble across this blog post, welcome! Thank you for taking a chance on my book. I really hope you like it. Please know–it has gay sex in it! If you want to take a second and leave me a comment about how you found Redemption…well, I certainly wouldn’t mind. Happy Reading.