Thursday, April 15, 2010

Doing battle with Jane Austen!

Based on customer reviews “Mahko’s Knife” remains in the top 2 percent (2%) of Men’s Adventure books on Amazon. Out of 7,000 books in the category that ain’t bad.
While I would like a few more (correction, a lot more) sales, I would also like a few more reviews. If you’ve read it on Amazon or Smashwords please take a minute and write a short review. It helps me to know what you think. 
Authors (it seems so strange to type that but I guess I am now a professional author)...anyway, authors love and dread reviews. They put part of themselves down on the page, swing at that pitch, give birth to that baby (mix a few metaphors) and wait to see how it will turn out.
Amazon has a strange, literate and eclectic group of readers. They also have a strange rating system. In the Men's’ Adventure section they have listed: Tom Clancy (no surprise), Clive Cussler, the Doc Savage series, Ian Fleming (I can’t believe there are men and boys out there who still have not read “Dr. No”), and James Jones’ classic “From Here To Eternity”
None of those are particularly surprising and I am thrilled and humbled to even be on the same list.
Surprising are some of the other books included in Men’s Adventure: “De Profundis” by Oscar Wilde. D.H. lawrence’s “The Lost Girl,” and my favorite strange books on the list, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and (wait for it....drum roll....) PRIDE & PREJUDICE by Jane Austen !

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