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This gets right to the heart of the matter, doesn’t it? The question every author, whether traditionally published or independent, must ask themselves at one point or another in their careers.
I often walk through my local bookstore, perusing the multitude of books along the aisles, stopping every now and again to pick one up that has a cover that strikes me. It’s not often I get the time to browse so casually, tending to a family and writing, but when I do, I take my time. I savor every moment.
Do I care if I’ve never heard of the author before? No. I check out the cover, try to get a feel for the story and then I flip it over and read the back blurb. There are no reviews, except possibly editorial ones beneath the blurb, no stars or bestseller rankings, just the words. And if those words grip me, I’m in. I’ll buy it. Is it a risk? Sure! And in the world of brick and mortar stores, a non-refundable risk at that. But if I liked the premise enough, I’d still give it a chance. Books are just as subjective as any other art form. Some people will like a story, others will not.
But what about those of us who don’t have premium bookstore shelf space? Those of us who upload our masterpieces to Amazon or B&N or iTunes or perhaps all of the above. Our work has been meticulously mulled over, professionally edited, the cover created by an artist; all the things that should put us on level ground with those who are lucky enough to have a spot on the bookshelf.
Instead, our books may languish in the cyber pages of online retailers, waiting to be found. We try to get reviews, we even give our books away for free just so people will find us and hopefully like us. We lose the advantage of our books standing on their own on a bookshelf, where they have a chance to grab a reader with our imaginative covers and exciting blurbs. Most are judged by rankings and reviews. Justifiably so? Maybe, but I’m not so sure. Reviews really only matter to me if they warn of a poorly edited work and then, it needs to be a majority of them in agreement.
I know what some will say. The books on those shelves have been screened by the best of the best. Publishers that have been in the business long enough to know what’s good and what isn’t. It’s a good argument, but what about the many, many books that are rejected time and again only to be picked up by someone willing to take a chance and they become world-wide bestsellers? It’s happened plenty of times, so isn’t it possible that there could be a gem or two (or ten thousand) that are from authors you’ve never heard of?
My novels are stained with blood, sweat and tears, as are most authors’ books, I imagine. I work tirelessly to create an interesting blurb, I have an amazing editor and cover artist and I do everything in my power to get the attention of readers, without actually hitting them over the head with one of my books!
So to answer the question, would I read my book if I’d never heard of me, the answer would be, yes; if the cover was cool, the blurb sounded good and if I was lucky enough to find it.
Author Robin Mahle is pleased to bring you her latest novel, Landslide. A corporate suspense/thriller that will pull you in fast and keep you holding on tight until the very end!
In the sprawling suburbs of Seattle, Claire McKenna finds solace in her perfectly ordinary life. With the daily struggles of raising a family and climbing out of debt, she and her husband Colin, work hard to hang on to what they’ve got.
So when Claire is offered an incredible opportunity to rise in the ranks of her firm, she jumps at the chance. Her joy, however, is short lived at the discovery that her close friend and colleague, Beth Graves has just been accused of embezzlement.
Compelled to see Beth’s name cleared, Claire soon stumbles on a larger, more dangerous conspiracy at the firm. One that involves people she once trusted. One that threatens to destroy her ordinary life.
Enjoy an excerpt:
An odor of car exhaust remained suspended in the parking garage and, when it mixed with the damp air, the smell was obnoxious. Claire reluctantly passed through the invisible cloud towards the elevators leading up to the lobby. Standing in the breezeway of the office entrance, she found that the doors were still locked. But when she looked through the tinted glass, she spotted Jim, the security guard on the night shift. No need for him to open it up for her. She held her magnetic keycard against the white box fixed to the wall. The green light at the top flashed and the doors clicked open.
“Good morning, Mrs. McKenna. You’re in awful early,” Jim said, taking a sip of his coffee.
Her high-heeled steps echoed on the marble floor, the lofty ceilings further amplifying the sound. “Well, good morning, Jim. It’s not often I get to see you. How’s the family? Denise doing all right?”
“She is and thank you for asking. What have I done to deserve such a fine sight on this dreary Tuesday morning?” Jim was a charmer to all the women in the building, but he’d known Claire the longest and seemed to hold a special place in his heart just for her.
She leaned over the high granite counter where Jim sat below the sign that hung on the wall. “Information Desk.” A knowing grin lit up her entire face. “I just found a major problem with one of our reporting systems.”
“And this is a good thing?” A perplexed look began to mask Jim’s previous warm-hearted smile.
“It’s a good thing that I was the one who found it.” Claire slapped the cold black stone. “A girl’s gotta find a way to get ahead in this world, Jim, and I think I just found my golden ticket. It’s going to be a good day.”
About the Author:
Robin Mahle lives with her husband and two children in Arizona. She found her passion for writing, which later became her second career, after spending 20 years in the construction industry.
Having always been a lover of books, Robin attributes her creativity to the wonderful overseas adventures she has shared with her husband of 15 years. Traveling throughout Europe and having lived in England, opened her mind and with that came a steady stream of story ideas inspired by her author-idols in the suspense/thriller genre.
Robin published her debut mystery/suspense novel, Redwood Violet in March of 2013. And in September 2013, the much-anticipated sequel, All the Shiny Things(Redwood Violet II), was released. Both have become Amazon Bestsellers! Now, Beyond the Clearing has also joined the list! Her latest novel, Landslide, was released in July, 2014. This exciting corporate thriller reveals Robin’s unique voice yet again.