© 2013 by Madison Romig

© 2013 by Madison Romig

Silevethiel just received a great 5-star review from Indie Book Reviews!

“Her way of writing scenes is so descriptive and vivid we really feel like we are in Princess Irewen’s shoes..” -Bella Indie Book Reviews

Check out the full review on Goodreads

Have you read Silevethiel? What did you think? Do you agree with Bella? Why or why not?


We Want More!

Happy Monday, everyone! Redemption has been getting some awesome ratings and reviews! It recently receive 8 reviews from Indie Book Reviews, 6 were 5-star and 2 were 4-star! The only complaint was that it was so good they wanted more! It is a short story (only 18 pages on Kindle) but it’s packed with empathy, backstory, and action. For just $0.99 on Amazon, it’s a great way to introduce yourself to my writing and is an awesome option for those of you who don’t have a lot of free time! And, for all those who want more of Jae and the Mé’Draak, another short story is in the works! The 2nd story in The Legacy of Ilvania, I hope to have it published in June!

“To make us as the readers connect to a character so that we care is hard to do, yet Andi O’Connor does it perfectly.” -Karen Indie Book Reviews

For all of you who are fans of The Lost Heir, and are waiting with baited breath for the 2nd book, I am putting the finishing touches on Awakening and will start the first round of edits this week! Be sure to keep posted for updates, contests, and sneak peeks!


Dueling Styles

A Game of ThronesSilevethiel has been out for two weeks now, and it’s already received some great feedback and reviews. A few reviewers have commented that the battle scenes in Silevethiel remind them of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. I’ve never read any of his books – shocking, I know – but from what I’ve heard about his writing style, I was rather surprised by the comparison.

Have you had the opportunity to read both? Do you see a similarity? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts!

Just one person’s opinion

Reviews are extremely important to a book’s success, or lack thereof, especially for those of us who are self-published. Despite the progress that’s been made, there is still a stigma attached to indie books and authors. Many readers automatically view them as being inferior and won’t take a chance unless there’s a good number of favorable reviews. Yet, many reviewers share the same views as the general public and won’t accept them.  Still, indie friendly reviewers are out there, and I’ve been focusing on getting Silevethiel in their hands. One reviewer I was wary of due to the nagging of my dark conscious telling me nothing I would ever write would be good enough to get a favorable review by such a reputable company, was Kirkus. Nevertheless, thanks to a bit of persuasion by my husband (and a glass or two of Jameson) I took the plunge and sent them Silevethiel.

After weeks of waiting with an equal combination of dread and anxiousness, I received the review. To my surprise, not only was it extremely favorable, but it received a Kirkus Star! I don’t think I’ve ever been so deliriously happy in my life. I checked my account every day for about a week to make sure it wasn’t a mistake, and sure enough, it wasn’t! You can check out the review HERE.

I realize it could just as easily have gone the other way. In fact, less than a week later, Silevethiel received an extremely scathing review from one of the reviewers at the San Francisco Book Review. It would be a lie to say it didn’t upset me. I seriously thought about giving up all together. But after a few days of reflection, I realized that every author receives such reviews, no matter who they are or how they are published. It’s part of the industry. People are people. They will think what they want, and they have every right to express that opinion, regardless of what it is. It’s important to not let any of it weigh too heavily on our hearts or influence who and what we are as writers. I’m not saying to ignore it. Listen to constructive criticism. Pay attention to what people liked. They will both help you grow as an author. But always remember, that at the end of the day, it was just one person’s opinion.

What about you? How do you deal with reviews, good or bad?