I can’t tell you all how important reviews are to authors. The Soul Guide has been up on Amazon for download since the 18th Feb 17, so not quite four weeks. I’ve been (im)patiently biting my nails these last few weeks waiting on some reviews and finally they’ve started to trickle in. I still don’t have that many in the grand scheme of things but its a start and, by the looks of it, a pretty good one. Here are those that I’ve received so far from UK readers.
By casounds on 21 Feb. 2017
Format: Kindle Edition Verified PurchaseA page turner of a story. This is not a cosy fantasy, but a slightly scary one. After a terrifying car accident leaves her mother dead, her face scarred and her father distant, Sybil finds she has to run from the darkest of shadows that hunt her. She is to be the next Soul Guide, but the Master of the darkness will do anything to stop that happening.
By Evie on 8 Mar. 2017
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This novel instantly drew me in with it’s beautifully drawn characters and compelling storyline. It’s told in the third person and focuses on three main characters thrown in to a high octane situation where the future of the human race quite literally depends on their actions. Bertram the gruff but kind hearted Caretaker, Alec the dark and brooding Guardian and the Soul Guide herself, Sybil, who at first seems fragile and vulnerable but finds inner reserves of strength she didn’t know she had. Stock’s fantasy world is utterly convincing and we slowly begin to discover how it works and just what is as stake as the book progresses. A really good read and Stock has laid the ground work for a convincing trilogy. I can’t wait for the next instalment!
By Nicola Goodsell on 5 Mar. 2017
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is a book of mystery, tension and fantasy. I am both confused and intrigued at the same time; my mind is whirling with all the possibilities book 2 could hold. A fantastic read for all who enjoy a fantasy thriller!
By lynne rose on 5 Mar. 2017
Format: Kindle Edition. This is a compelling story. I thoroughly enjoyed it ,so much so I could not put it down. I am looking forward to the next instalment. I found that I am rooting for the good guys to overcome the Darkness……A*
Great First Novel ByJimFoxyon March 8, 2017
I enjoyed the read. The novel is well-written and the editing is well above average. Readers who are willing to take a chance on a new author will find themselves rewarded.
A good story, a fun ride, and well worth the time to enjoy!
I can’t tell you how happy these reviews have made me. I think, after all the hard work and effort and the days spent doubting my ability as a writer, and quite literally blabbing like a baby, to find that others have invested their time in reading The Soul Guide, taken a chance on a new author like me and liked my story is just, well, blooming great! Today, I feel on cloud nine.
You see, all I wanted was for people to enjoy my book, to like the characters, to feel a part of the world I’ve created. I can honestly say that it isn’t about the money at all (I’m honest enough to say that I’ve earned pennies given the low royalty rate on a 99p book) but, for me, it is all about people liking my book enough to want to read the next in the series, to be excited about what’s coming up in book two.
I understand, that I’m not always going to please everyone, and likely to receive some not so good reviews. In fact, I’m told by other self-published authors, that you’re not considered a ‘proper’ author until you receive your first one star review! This made me laugh out loud. I’m not sure how to feel about that (getting a one star review, not the fact it makes you a bona-fide author). I think it may take me days to get over, but with everything in life, I’ll take it on the chin.
For now I am happy to wallow in the lovely, golden feeling of these five-star reviews.
So, a heartfelt THANK YOU to those readers who’ve taken the time to review The Soul Guide, I cannot express my gratitude enough. Plus it gets me one step closer to that elusive BookBub promotion!
Now, I really must get back to my writing. It’s been a while, what with all the marketing and promotion I’ve been doing. Time to let The Soul Guide fend for itself a little while whilst I crack on with Book Two and the Mellissa and Bertram novelette.
Until next time folks!