November 18, 2016 by Petrea
I Got Me a Medallion
Camelot & Vine was published in late March of 2013. So why do I care about reviews at this late date?
Two reasons: one business, one emotional.
Business-wise, it’s called a backlist. While I work on the next book and until it’s published it’s nice to have a backlist of two books, and of course I want them to continue to sell. Reviews help more than just about anything else except word of mouth. (Did you like it? Tell everyone! You can find my books on Amazon, Nook, iBooks, and pretty much everywhere else online.)
Emotion-wise, it’s more difficult to articulate. Camelot & Vine will always be my first book. It was truly the book I wanted to read and it meant a great deal to me to write it. I loved everything about the process of putting it together, from idea to research to writing to editing and editing and editing. I still love the story and characters. I would have been happy to have written it even if no one liked it but me. Yet for the book to be validated by reviewers and readers is an assurance that all that work means something not only to me, but to others as well.
I am unabashed in my love for Camelot & Vine and proud of the many wonderful reviews I’ve gotten, especially from people I don’t know. It’s lovely for friends to like my book, and I love what my friends write, too. But when a stranger gives you the thumbs up you know you’re getting an unbiased opinion, and that is solid gold. Uh, silver.
So here’s my medallion from the Readers’ Favorite website, from which Camelot & Vine received its most recent review. I won it fair and square.