Seven months have passed since the e-release of The Space Between. It's been three months since the print release. Until yesterday, I hadn't received a single review, even though my publisher dutifully sent copies of my book to several review sites.
Don't get me wrong; it's a nice little book and my friends and family assured me that they couldn't put it down once they started reading it. I was certain they were all just being nice.
Promotion of this particular book is difficult for me since I'm in Canada and Amazon.ca doesn't seem to have it in stock any more. Chapters doesn't even have it on their database, and because it was listed incorrectly in the catalogues, it's difficult for local independent bookstores to order it. I buy a half dozen copies at a time and sell them myself, but it's not enough. I'm doing the best I can under the circumstances and I'm grateful to all the people who bought a copy so far.
I tried to concentrate on my WIPs in order to aim for that big New York publisher, but my heart wasn't in it. To keep my mind off my lack of production, I turned to dreaming about the upcoming edits for Bad Ice, anxious to get it off the ground. But one can only dream so much. The real editing still hasn't begun.
I was ready to accept The Space Between's descent into obscurity when I received an email informing me that The Long and Short of It did a review of my book. I had submitted it a few months ago on my own. It's my first real honest to goodness impartial review from someone I don't know.
With trepidation I visited the site, braced for a lukwarm review. I was pleasantly surprised by the result!
Here's an excerpt:
The Space Between is the debut novel of Sandra Cormier, and let me say she is a wonderful addition to romance. Her mature characters are refreshing and well developed and that they can find love later in life gives us hope for the future. And Sandra does a really great job making you feel as though you are right there in that island paradise. This book was a fun, fast paced read, with just enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat. I would recommend it to all readers who are looking for a sweet book with just a little bit of spice thrown in.
In spite of the average rating, she had nothing but nice things to say. The complete review is located here.
Also, the cover for The Space Between finished in the Top Ten on the Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll. Maybe the newfound attention will garner some sales.
Updated to add: Hey! I'm back in stock on Amazon.ca. Maybe they eavesdropped on my whining. Plus, the shipping is faster. Oh, happy days.