I try to be a good sport. I really do.
But you have to draw the line somewhere.
It was a few months ago I got handed this advance reader copy of a debut book by Steen Jones called The Door Keeper. It was published last month by Royal James and has a rather pretty cover:
That’s really pretty, right?
Unfortunately, it became pretty clear pretty early that this wasn’t going to be my book. The thing was, my review was supposed to coincide with the launch of the book, and since my review was bound to be critical, it was more likely to kill buzz than create it.
I wondered what I should do. I toyed with the idea of simply lying, but quickly threw it out. Next I thought about selecting the best parts and focussing only on them, but that was too dishonest for me as well. My whole philosophy of writing is honesty: “Write what you feel.”
And how did I feel? I felt like nobody had proof read the book at all. It was full of mistakes. Even for an advance reader copy, it was overflowing with them. I felt like Ms Jones had been far too eager to get herself published without taking the time to develop her skills. And I felt that Royal James – instead of a publishing contract – should have given her that time.
In the end, I buried my review but I didn’t delete it. I had a feeling the right time would come – and I believe it has. For clarity, I’ll let this post serve as an introduction, and then upload the review separately. The book has been released, and my book – from the same publisher – is on its way, so its time to put my money where my mouth is.