What’s the very worst that can happen after a story is published?
Terrible reviews? Death threats from readers? Death threats from the publisher? Being disowned by your spouse and children?
Roaring silence. That’s the worst thing. Was the story any good? Was it really bad? Did anybody like it? Did anybody hate it? Did anybody read it at all?
So I’m really pleased to see these reviews that came in for “The Clay Farima” after it was published in BCS #128 last month.
Terry Weyna for Fantasy Literature: Magazine Monday reviews BCS #127 & #128:
“It’s a fascinating tale” … “and my favorite in these two issues.”
Michelle Ristuccia for Tangent Online:
“From Farima’s direct and vivid introduction to the dramatic choice she faces at the end, Szabranski provides an engaging tale full of enjoyable complexities ranging from the magical to the familial.”
Lois Tilton for Locus Online:
“Surprisingly, this ends up being a story of love.” … “As the author is a theoretical physicist , the Source seems to be casting the working of magic in those terms, which more SFnally oriented readers may appreciate.”
…which all sounds great, don’t it? But hold up. Lest my head explode, giddy from praise, note also that Lois says:
“Farima as a narrator is too overwrought particularly in the beginning”
and Terry notes the story is:
“a trifle clumsy at times”
…but, hey. That’s cool, too. I still consider myself very much a beginner in the business of story writing.
It’s great to get any coverage and input from reviewers. It really helps.
Nice one mate. It’s great getting validation from readers like that, and the criticisms help too of course. The Pseudopod forums were really good for feedback after a story had gone live – god knows how many times I clicked the refresh button come an evening!
Same with DSF and its FB page. Although of course I will never admit that 😉