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Yet Another Come-Uppance!

Two people have asked Amazon for refunds for their cheap digital copies of my novel Revelation.


And it's words like that that are likely the reason.

This book has a minister for a main character and a church steeple on the cover.  It probably gives some readers the idea that the story is going to be as bland as pureed snow.

It's not.  This minister is in Chapel Hill and he thinks an obscene word by the second page.   He also has a  body, conflicting desires, and a high level of irritability.

Maybe I need to change the cover: make the sky dark or add a disclaimer such as Warning! This story contains "language" and human appetites!

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  • Lynne Wogan
    June 16, 2012 at 11:43 am Reply

    Or you can  just leave it as is and enjoy the shock value…

    • June 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm Reply

      And that has the appealing advantage of saving me some time, Lynne.

  • June 16, 2012 at 11:55 am Reply

    How disappointing.  Is your book listed under Visionary Fiction?  If not, that could be part of the problem, if so, the reader should know better.  I know we can't please everybody with our books, but it's nice when we reach our nitch audience.  Cultural Creatives?  Anyway, it's nice to meet a fellow visionary fiction writer.  Best of luck with your work.

    • June 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm Reply

      And I think you and I are both on the same list of Visionary Fiction writers on GoodReads. Yes?

  • Ben Steelman
    June 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm Reply

    No, just make the minister a vampire and have him battle zombies with holy water. Along the way, have him discover that the president of the United States is the Antichrist.
    It will sell like hotcakes.

    • June 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm Reply

      How about your write that one, Ben. In your spare time.

  • June 17, 2012 at 3:43 am Reply

    Peggy, some of literature's greatest and most beloved classics have been banned, burned, and brutally criticized – Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird come to mind – by people felt threated by them because of a gap in their understanding, to put it kindly. This is their problem, not yours. Keep the faith, Frances

    • June 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm Reply

      Thanks, Frances. And I just noted that your name on the comment is spelled France’s Schultz. Possessive! Seems appropriate at the moment.

  • June 17, 2012 at 10:24 am Reply

    Oh man!

    I'm so sorry to hear this.  How frustrating!!  Well, I'm still a big fan anyway!!


    • June 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm Reply

      Thanks, Beth. Amazon doesn’t ask people why they return a book — so I can’t be sure.

  • June 18, 2012 at 5:01 am Reply

    Hi Peggy – I just saw this and thought of you:
    She's my favorite agent blogger.
    Stay strong!  We need more great books to read!

  • June 19, 2012 at 4:49 am Reply

    Another case of life imitating art. Sounds like something a member of that congregation might do. You as the author reveal what you see and everyone with Mia-matched expectations gets a little huffy. 🙂

    • June 19, 2012 at 6:54 am Reply

      I hadn’t thought of that, Kay. Interesting! And what does Mia-matched mean?

  • June 27, 2012 at 7:47 am Reply

    That's too bad, but the miss expectations were theirs, not your problem. The cover certainly leads one in a certain direction. 
    I've just read "In One Person" by John Irving. Talk about miss-expectations!!!
    His cover shows a woman unhooking her bra. It doesn't really hint at the type of book it is, until you have read some of it and see the connection. 

    • June 27, 2012 at 8:36 am Reply

      Do you like that novel, Kenju? Irving’s, I mean.

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