Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, October 12, 2007.
There's this reviewer, Mrs. Giggles, who scares the bejeezus out of just about every writer I know. Her reviews are wicked tough, and she's notoriously hard to please. Her ranking scale doesn't consist of five roses or stars or kisses. It's one hundred grueling points, and with ebooks it breaks down like this:
90 - 100 Hits all the right spots
80 - 89 Good
70 - 79 Not bad
60 - 69 It will do
50 - 59 It won't do
30 - 49 Waste of time
Under 30 Recycle bin material
Books do land in the 0-30 range. I've always stayed under her radar, but I've seen plenty of stories crash and burn on her site. I've seen a few shine as well, so it's definitely not always bad news. If Mrs. Giggles likes something, she really likes it, which makes reading her reviews strangely addictive.
When I signed with Liquid Silver Books, I knew there was a chance I'd get reviewed by Mrs. Giggles. She reads a lot of LSB releases. The masochist in me wanted to see it. Bring it on!
Yeah, that lasted about two seconds. Afterward, it was mostly prayers up to the writing gods that my book wouldn't land in the Recycle Bin Material—Waste of Time range. These prayers were often accompanied by the "A low rating doesn't necessarily mean a bad review/One reviewer's opinion doesn't define my book" mantras, which are true, but somewhat ineffective in treating author neurosis.
Anyway, the wait for me was over this past Monday. Mrs. Giggles reviewed Paul's Dream. My score? 93. That makes Paul's Dream one of nineteen "Keepers" out of more than 450 ebooks reviewed on the site. She called Paul "easily one of the most memorable romance heroes I've come across."
How cool is that? You can read the entire review here.
One reviewer's opinion doesn't define my book. But a great review still deserves ice-cream.
Purchase Paul's Dream