Book: Flash Drive by Peter C. Fostercategories: Book, Fiction, Montreal, Taxi, Kidnapping, Canada, Mystery Thriller
Peter C. Fosterabout this book: Flash Drive was my second novel. After I wrote the first, Last Call at the Ringrose Pub, I spent the best part of a year querying it to a hundred or so literary agents, hoping to have the book accepted by a traditional publisher. There was some interest, but in the end this led nowhere. Armed with this experience, I wrote Flash Drive in an attempt to produce something which might be more commercially successful. It did spark a lot more interest from agents, but ultimately Flash Drive met the same fate as Last Call: all the agents passed.
So I said to hell with it, and I published Flash Drive myself. And it has been quite successful. In just a few months, it has found more than 11,000 readers in 12 countries. It has picked up 37 Amazon reviews in 3 countries, and 80 ratings on Goodreads. The average everywhere is 4+ stars out of 5.
As a new and unknown author, publishing on my own, my goals were quite limited. I hoped the book would find some readers, and some of them would like it. The overwhelmingly positive response – and the extraordinary enthusiasm of some reviewers – took me by surprise, mostly because of my discouraging experience with industry professionals. I find it gratifying and heartwarming. It has made this whole writing/publishing project worthwhile.
Here are a few sample reviews:
• "What a wonderful and exciting story! I didn't want it to end. I haven't felt that way in a long time."
• "Love, marriage, divorce, relationships, jealousy, anger, frustration, addiction – wow! The whole gamut of life spread out over a mystery, a thriller, an adventure…"
• "Flat-out fascinating. Like no other book I have ever read. If you don't read this, you have missed an opportunity of a lifetime."
When you reach the end of a Kindle book, Amazon always nags you to rate your experience. If you do, you are whisked to their website and encouraged to write a review. The majority of readers don't bother. But a few do, and I am eternally grateful to every single one of them, even the couple of negative reviewers who hated the book (they bring the average rating down to a respectable 4.4, instead of an unrealistic and suspicious 4.8).
Many thanks to everyone who has encouraged me in this authoring business over the years. Your support is precious.
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