Publishers Weekly, really?

Okay, as an author I know when I put my work out there that everyone’s not going to get it, like it, appreciate it, whatever. I get that. And I know that I’m going to get some scathing reviews from time to time, I get that as well. But I got to say, my recent Publishers Weekly review for Fathers House was unnecessarily harsh. Fathers House is my debut novel. It’s mostly a thriller, though I also consider it literary fiction. I attempted to merge commercialism with literarism (I know that’s not a word; but it’s my blog) Not an easy task. Anyway Publishers Weekly concentrated only on the thriller aspect of my book and the reviewer stated, and I quote, “Nothing shatters the illusion of a thriller more than a ludicrous and gratuitous detail.” Then he goes on to say that my description of an eleven year old child prodigy having earned law and medical degrees strained credulity to the breaking point.”Now look just because something hasn’t been done, doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Child prodigies are capable of anything. I don’t know how they’re so smart. They just are. I accept that. I also accept the fact that maybe one day one of them will decide to earn  law and medical degrees in record time. When they do, I hope they write me so I can alert Publishers Weekly.

Anyway, the reviewer ends his critique of Fathers House by questioning the tone of the book. I guess I wouldn’t be so peeved by the review, had this same reviewer not given Dan Brown a pass for some of the outlandish stunts in Angels and Demons. If you get the time read Fathers House review from Publishers Weekly and then read that mag’s review for Angels and Demons. It will be clear to you that the same reviewer wrote both reviews. Then ask yourself why Dan Brown can strain credulity; but C. Edward Baldwin can not. Could it be that Dan Brown is a mega-bookseller and C. Edward Baldwin is uh, not. (not yet anyway). I’m just saying. Just because Fathers House is Indie published, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t garner the same respect as the trad-published and ultra-successful Angels and Demons.  Besides what’s wrong with straining credulity when you’re writing make-believe anyway?


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