In this case, the emotion behind this statement caught my attention as much as the words themselves. I have no idea what was being discussed (although, given that it looked like two moms I can take a guess.) But for me it struck a cord immediately. It's not far from how I feel right now about my book, Betting Jessica.
With its release on Kindle it is difficult not to keep track of the numbers, the ranking, the reviews... not to mention the comments from friends and family. Still, the fact is, it is one of many books on Kindle that are probably very worth reading. This is both daunting and exciting.
Daunting because, when I worry about the numbers I get lost in how to be heard above the competing noise. But on the other hand, ever since I decided to put the book on Kindle I have thought alot about my readers and what they will think of Betting Jessica. This has made me consider my own reading habits and I realized, that there is room for every good book ever written.
And this is the part I think is exciting. I can't get enough of well told stories. (Seriously... I mean, why else would I read every single book that is by, about or related to Jane Austen.) The hard part, though, finding those books that are in the genre I love; something that is very specific and not always easy to define.
This is probably why I love Amazon so much. Sure, I like seeing Goodreads or Fcebook recommendations from friends; but what I really love is when I get a recommendation from Amazon. Since they know what I read, the books Amazon recommends for me are usually pretty close to my preferred style.
So, while Betting Jessica may be one of many great contemporary women's romance books available in Kindle, I know if I help Amazon target the right reader they will want to dive into it.... even if they already just read twenty great books. The big challenge is targetting the right reader.... which takes me back to the dauting aspect of being one of many.
So, if you've read Betting Jessica I'd love to hear your comments (see below) about the tags you would use for describing the story. What resonated most with you? The fact that Jessica is having career trouble? Her bet? Her quest? Her friends? Or maybe the general humor in the book. I'll take anything you can give me.... After all, I sincerely believe that while each of us may be one of many, we also each have a unique and important point of view.... just like every