Just two weeks and five days until Fire Me! is released and as each day goes by, I get more excited. This isn't my first book, but it sure feels that way, maybe because I am so invested in the book's characters and plot. Not that I wasn't invested in my other books (I write teen mysteries, too), but Fire Me! was percolating in my mind for quite awhile. Having it come alive on the page and then in print has a dream-come-true quality to it.
Like Beth Cornelison, I am thrilled with my book's cover and have to give a big shout-out to Sourcebooks' art team. This cover has to rank as my all-time favorite of my books, capturing the look and attitude of the heroine, Anne Wyatt, and the dreamy, zany tone of the book itself.
Some early reviews are coming in and I'm pleased as punch about them. Eye on Romance web site says Fire Me's characters and situations are "hilarious" and "inspired," and the book itself "provides a tongue-in-cheek look at the corporate mentality."
A Novel Menagerie says "This fast-paced, humorous book kept me giggling throughout the night..."
I think all authors hold their breath waiting to see what reviewers say, wondering if their books will be panned or praised. I don't mind little dings in reviews and have even nodded my head to ones I think are fair criticisms. I know reading taste is subjective, so I don't expect everyone to like what I like (or write!).
But I do cringe when a reviewer gets something big wrong or gives away a major plot point in the review -- I actually wrote to a reviewer once asking her (politely) take a "spoiler" out of her review of one of my earlier books. She did.
As I wait for other reviews to come in, I was wondering if readers and authors have favorite reviewers--ones whose recommendations are always on the mark for you, personally, as a reader, ones whose tastes overlap yours. And....how often do you buy a book based on a review, or do you buy books based primarily on friends' recommendations?