Monday, July 25, 2011
Author: Thea Atkinson
Genre: Psychological thriller/literary fiction
How long it's been on sale: 8 months
Current price: $.99
Marketing: Twitter mainly. book reviews, interviews. Added excerpts of it and sales links to the end of other books, added excerpt and sales link to free short stories.
Total sold so far: 63
Link to book on Amazon: Anomaly (a novel of bias and acceptance)
When a bunch of thugs turn J's pleasurable pub night into a trip to the Emergency room, they also set in motion a series of events that threaten J's sobriety and well-being. It is his penchant for self-destruction and self-medication, that propel J into the stormy waters of good Samaritanism and onto a journey of self-discovery that pits him against his friends, his family, and ultimately himself.
Anomaly is a psychological tale of hope that explores the duality in all of us. See how one week can change a person for a lifetime.
First 300 Words:
I'm terribly sorry, but I'm not going to post the first 300 words here because of the graphic nature. (I know in my instructions I said no erotica, and maybe I need to change that to include no graphic language will be posted. Sorry if that offends anyone, I want to keep this blog family-friendly.) If anyone wants to read the beginning of this, please download a sample.
Vicki's Comments: My first thought when looking at the cover is this is going to be a paranormal story about an angel. From the description and the reviews I'm guessing this is not the case. Even though it's a nice cover, I would probably change it to something that fits the genre better.
I think the blurb can be improved, although it's pretty good as it is right now. Maybe tighten it up just a bit. Emergency room...did J get beat up? Why is good Samaritianism described as stormy waters? You don't mention the character is transgender, which I think is a big part of this story. I might mention that in the blurb.
Even though I didn't post the writing, I didn't see any issues with it. (Personally I like a story to start with something going on, rather than the musings of the character, but I do realize that's just my tastes.) The fact that this is literary fiction is going to make it a harder sell, but I think the largest issue is the cover is portraying the paranormal genre. With a new cover and a few tweaks to the blurb I'm guessing it will sell better.
What do you guys think?