A story of the strangest friendship that ever was: a dapper young bank thief and the detective hired by the banks to apprehend him.
The Eye That Never Sleeps is certain to amaze and engage not just historical mystery fans, but anyone seeking an exciting new read. -- Five-star Readers' Favorite review by K.C. Finn.
A BREAKTHROUGH OR A RIP-OFF?
Recently I paid $201 to Readers’ Favorite, an online book review and book contest site, for five express reviews for my new novel, The Eye That Never Sleeps. I splurged, for this is their most expensive plan, bringing you 5 reviews in 2 to 3 weeks. You can also get 1 or 3 reviews for less, especially if you are willing to wait longer. I did this because my novel had received only 2 pre-publication reviews from NetGalley, even though many authors with my publisher have received 10. The cost of NetGalley was shared with my publisher, my cost being $399. Readers’ Favorite publishes only four- and five-star reviews, which reduces the risk of a bad result for authors. I got 2 five-star and 3 four-star reviews. But their offer of a gold seal to stick on my book, proclaiming it a 5-star winner, I rejected. They wanted $50 for 250 1.5-inch seals, and I know a rip-off when I smell one. But their online seal costs nothing, so I took it.
Furthermore, as I have pointed out to my publisher, when people come to my stand at a book fair, they are impressed by good reviews, without knowing anything about the reviewers. Just as, if they see a gold sticker on a book proclaiming it a WINNER of an award in some book contest, as is the case with another of my books, they are impressed, even though they’ve never heard of the contest. Good reviews nudge them toward buying, and so does an award. And let's face it, we authors are out to nudge folks into buying.
These and similar contests have been criticized for offering a large number of awards for books in various categories, instead of just one, two, or three prizes in all. Yet it’s precisely because of those categories that I entered these contests, anticipating less competition, for instance, in a nonfiction category Travel / Regional / Northeast. And it paid off twice, plus “honorable mention” in a third contest. “Honorable mention" is a nice way of saying "semifinalist," which isn’t worth much in itself, since it is shared with a host of other authors. But it acquires a degree of significance if linked to the two first-place awards. And since the “honorable mention” was in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards contest, which enjoys the coveted recommended rating from the Alliance, so much the better.
But whores exist, because there’s a paying market. The more reviews, the better. All those awards and contests rated caution know this well, and thrive. And I know it too, and in this grimy world will get reviews where I can. Free, when possible; otherwise, for a price. Free or paid for, the dear little things count, they sell. And if even bestselling authors confess to having paid for Kirkus reviews -- and they do confess it -- maybe someday I will, too. If you're going to patronize a whore, you might as well take, for a price, the best-looking one on the block.