Evelyn Chartres Author
Amazon

The Portrait has Usurped the Grand

The Grand has performed well since its release. When it was classified as Horror on Amazon.com, the Portrait traditionally received roughly half the downloads.

Ever since I switched the genre to Dark/Urban Fantasy that trend has reversed. Since March the Portrait has been listed at least twice as one of top five-thousand free books on Amazon.com. This was the ranking for the Portrait taken on 1 April 2018.

  • No. 4,299 Free in Kindle Store
  • No. 145 in Fantasy -> Paranormal
  • No. 236 in Fantasy -> Urban

Whereas The Grand had the following:

  • No. 20,442 Free in Kindle Store
  • No. 406 in Fantasy -> Paranormal
  • No. 624 in Fantasy -> Urban

On the plus side, both books are seeing more traffic. So for me, that’s certainly good news!

Sometimes There are Risks

Sometimes there are risks to reading the Grand!

This book was so wonderful and enthralling that I almost burned dinner! I meant to only read a few pages to pass time while during afternoon chores but I was just was caught up in the many different layers of timelines and viewpoints. I wish to request a follow up or sequel as I would love to know some more about the Grand many guests especially any famous ones.

Sometimes It’s Nice

Sometimes it’s nice to get a positive review!

Ambitious and highly creative. This has a lot going on with many themes and threads that are all wound around one very creepy setting, The Grand. There were some beautiful gothic parts and a few wow moments. While it isn't as refined as it could be the creativity alone gets five stars from me Great storytelling.

One Star Review for the Grand

I noticed a new review on Amazon.com related to my latest release the Grand. The review one star and hints that it should have been lower. While they review is entitled to their opinion, I wonder why they would read a collection of short stories and expect a coherent story line?

i have given very few 1* ratings. however, this book really earned it. i slogged through a disjointed, unorganized, 100 year old slang ridden non-story. it moved all over: in time, in place, in characters, etc, etc. where was the story? who was it about: the hotel? max? 'the boss'? who? at times it felt like it was set in england. at others it was in the united states. if you like haunted house\hotel stories read 'the shining' or 'the legend of hell house'. do not waste your time on this.

The Amazon.com book description specifically mentions that the Grand is a series of short stories. It also mentions how the century old language and culture is used to give authenticity. So why am I being penalized for providing a product as advertised?

The Grand is not your ordinary hotel, nor are the clientele. Welcome to the twilight zone..

The above quote is also from Amazon.com and saw how the Grand was similar to the Twilight Zone, Goosebumps, and Tales From the Crypt. The core difference is that my story is centered on a Roaring Twenties grand hotel, so I often compare it as Hotel Transylvania meets Tales From the Crypt.

So how do I prevent this type of misunderstanding? Is there a way to make it obvious that the reader should not expect a coherent story line and main cast of characters?

A Silver Lining

I occasionally check Amazon, Smashwords, and Goodreads for new ratings and statistics, although I do avoid making it a habit. Yesterday, I was looking on Amazon and noticed that my rankings had improved. How? I have no clue, but its never been better!

Ranking on Amazon as of 15 Oct 17

There was also a positive review waiting for me, which is always nice. Perhaps I am generating some interest? Not bad since I cannot spend much time advertising my work.

Review made on Amazon on 14 Oct 17

This should help offset the bad review I got a month or so back. Perhaps in time the positives will outweigh the negatives!