Will I slap my mojo if I say that I worry about True Believers?
It's like a redheaded stepchild. Firstly, it's science fiction. If ever there was a stigma to romance, just add SF to it and see people bolt from the ranks like they were on fire.
Secondly, the romance isn't overt.
And thirdly, it's long. At 95k, it's not as long as most SF and fantasy novels, but it's still long. Worse yet, it's not as long as it should be. I could easily have added another 10k just to fully immerse the reader into the alien cultures.
But I worry too for personal reasons. This is my first book. Not the first book that was published. My first book ever. I put it away when I became interested in apocalyptic fiction and didn't think about it again until Carina Press put the word out that they'd like to see some SF.
Is True Believers good enough? Well, someone at Carina thought so. When I heard they were interested in acquiring SF, I reopened the file to this manuscript, my red-headed child. Did she have a right to breathe life? Was she good enough to interest and intrigue? There was only one way to find out.
True Believers was written as an introduction into the world of the Nephilim, a race of beings shrouded in mystery and scorn.
So add one more strike against TB. I used biblical 'bad guys' as not-so-bad guys.
Great. Now the Church will be mad at me too.
But I have hope the readers are out there. There are several good SFR review sites available. If they're reviewing science fiction romance, that means people somewhere are reading it.
There's Heather Massey's The Galaxy Express and Charlie's The Smart Girls Sci Fi Blog. Tia Nevitt is the one who introduced me to both of them and she's neck deep in what goes on in genre publishing. And there's also Bitten By Paranormal Romance that Jackie Burris recommended I add to my reader.
I've relied on all these blogs to let me know what's new and where to spend my money. Brick and mortar stores are few and far between where I live, so I don't have the luxury of physically browsing shelves anymore. I tend to rely on reviewers a lot more than I used to.
With so many worthwhile review sites, I'd like to think there's a growing cadre of SFR fans out there. I hope they find me. And I hope they think True Believers is worthy of the label: Science Fiction Romance.
A question to readers who review: Is it just me or do you think the rise of digital is strengthening the influence of genre reviewers? I did two reviews recently on Goodreads and I was surprised that me-who-is-nobody actually had running conversations with strangers who read and commented on the reviews.
I don't review often so it took me off guard--pleasantly so. Do people often respond to your reviews?
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