I was on the phone with my agent this week, fretting that in a few months there will be reviews floating out there for Torched
and Face of Betrayal
What if reviewers don't like them? I get sick just thinking about it. I wrote the best books I can, but I have NO control over what others think. And I know from experience that some books can be polarizing. Learning to Fly
got starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, as well as a film option. It also got a review in the San Francisco Chronicle so bad that I have mericfully blocked it out.
Then to make matters worse, my agent said that reviews seem to be showing up later or not at all. She thinks publications like Publishers Weekly might be cutting back.
So I immediately went from fretting about bad reviews to fretting about no reviews. Suddenly bad reviews seemed better than nothing.
And there's this story in Bookseller.com
, saying, "Agents are struggling to sell début and literary fiction, with novels taking longer to sell to publishers and more failing to find a buyer at all." And I'll have a couple of new books floating around pretty soon, hoping my agent wills ell them. The fact they aren't my first book nor literary fiction seems cold comfort.