Evelyn Chartres Author
Reviews

Clara is Doing Well on Goodreads!

I’ve been monitoring Goodreads since my book release, and so far the Van Helsing Paradox has done well. At the moment, there are 10 ratings with an average over 4 stars. In addition, there is one great review waiting to be found! Except as follows:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From Clara’s modest beginnings as a child of a coal miner to her formation as a deadly huntress, the story kept my attention. If anything, I longed for more…

While I was hoping for more reviews by now, I can’t complain. The book has not received any ratings under 3 stars and the average keeps getting better. So readers are not finding it difficult to understand, or are turned off by the fonts.

Small steps!

Message Received

Well I think I found a trend for my reviews on Amazon.

“I was a bit put off by the use of italics for slang words, but understood that it was to emphasise that the word was slang for the roaring twenties.”

–and–

“I couldn’t get past the first few pages because of all the random words that were unnecessarily italicized. Really drew me out of he story and made it impossible to read.”

I got the hint. Just had all of those italicized words removed from my manuscript and uploaded a new version to Amazon, Smashwords, and Draft2Digital. Fortunately Microsoft Word made that operation fairly painless!

Review woes?

Got my first review on Amazon today. Normally I’d be excited, but it came in at two stars. By itself that may not be a bad thing, however it speaks exclusively as to not liking how I italicize words that are slang from the period.

I have no idea if this book is any good or not. I couldn't get past the first few pages because of all the random words that were unnecessarily italicized. Really drew me out of he (sic) story and made it impossible to read. If that was fixed then who knows, might be a great book.

It is their opinion and they do say they don’t know of the book is good. Still, would have been nice to see a positive review first! Oh well.