OtherWorld, has been very positive. Thanks to everybody that's given the book a try, from beta readers, to editors, to early reviewers, and readers. While I'm very appreciative of the praise (and in true Evan Ronan fashion, already thinking it's undeserved), the warm and fuzzy feeling has come with a tiny, little, nagging asterisk:
*All feedback to date has come from adults.
It's one thing for an adult to be entertained by a story. When you write a suspense thriller, you have a very large, somewhat forgiving demographic to work with. All my other stories are, basically, intended for readers aged 18 to 118. If it doesn't work for 21 year olds, that's okay, because it could still work for 25 year olds, or 30 year olds, or 55 year olds...
YA is a whole different animal. Your target audience is much smaller. Sure, some adults will read YA but you can't count on them. No, YA books live and die with kids.
So I'm sure you can understand that I'm incredibly anxious to get feedback from the intended audience. Well, be careful what you wish for, as they say...
Olivia at The Kid Book Reviewers has been kind enough to give the book a try. (By the way, this is a very cool site. I'm totally stoked to see kids reviewing books!) So far she likes it, and I hope I make good on the promise of the first chapter in her eyes.
Every day I tell my daughters a new made-up story. They usually enjoy this part of our day, but if the story ain't working, they are sure to let me know...really quickly ;-) In many ways, I think a younger reader is harder to please than an adult.
Right now I'm running a special offer on OtherWorld: it's just $0.99. Or, if you'd like to get a FREE COPY, I'll happily send one along in exchange for an honest review (shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org).
And stay tuned for another exciting announcement on Tuesday....