Saturday, November 26, 2011

disgusted in topeka

pp has not had much to say about statistics lately.  So. Data. Cussedness thereof.

Lighting Rods took a long time to get published.  It was very different from The Last Samurai, so different that 50% (at a guess) of readers who loved TLS hated the book.  This is not encouraging to a publisher, whichever half of the 50% he happens to side with.

You'd never guess it now that the book has been published.  Reviews have been, for the most part, extremely enthusiastic.  (Sloth prevails over shameless self-promotion; I could throw in lots of links, but sloth, as I say, prevails.)  This does not really give an accurate picture of responses to the book.

My publicist, Tom Roberge, was swamped by requests for review copies.  Everyone who asked for an ARC did not write a review. Some loved the book. Others HATED it. The ones who hated it hated it so much they couldn't bring themselves to waste time writing a review.

The result being that, if you go by reviews, you'd be likely to see this as a book with a 3.8 GPA. A, A, A, A+, A+, A++, A-, B+, B+ . . . Because the people who HATED the book, the people who would give the book a C, C-, D+, or downright F -- hated it so much they couldn't write a review.


Anonymous said...

I haven't actually read any of your books, but I've been a follower of this blog for a couple of years, at least (this shouldn't be seen as a reflection on you- I haven't read any fiction novels over that period). But I think your writing is damn sexy.

Sean said...

Just finished Lightning Rods, and as a lover of TLS, hopefully this can bring you to 51% of former readers who love TLS who also loved Lightning Rods. And as a Kansas City native, I can ensure that Topeka is truly disgusting. Keep up the grades DeWitt.