I’ve been submitting A Clear and Feathered Danger for review, I have to, its how I spread the word. If I make it past the opening letter, it will go into the pile and maybe, if they get around to it, it will be reviewed and might get a good review… maybe.
I feel for them.
Too many titles, too little time. You get to review the good stuff and…and the stuff that is so bad you need therapy. You get the nice authors who thank you and the ones that hate you for hating their pride and joy, and then there are the flames… Sometimes you continue on through sheer force of will because you will never see one single cent for your hard work. But then you find someone who discovered a treasure thanks to you and it makes it all worth it.
For those who don’t know, Microsoft has released a set of tools called XNA that allows anybody to program and put a game up for sale, available on any xbox 360 with Xbox Live access, ANYBODY. So you get the whole gamut of quality from the truly original and amazing to the painfully bad and downright offensive.
I’ve seen it all, I’ve played it all. In some ways I’ve become sort of jaded, dismissing games simply on genre alone because I’ve seen so many twin-stick zombie shooters. I actually have to pay for most my games, since most developers never think to actually send review codes. I’m a few hundred in the hole from the year and a half I’ve been doing this, none of which will ever be recovered. I also have a game blacklist that constantly stays over a hundred, some of which will get never reviewed, because every time I turn my back, a dozen more have been released.
But I keep going, making sure to release at least one or two reviews a week. I do this because of those gems that make all the shit worth it, I’ve even made a list of them.
So in the end, to the reviewers, if you skip my title, never get around to it, or rip my ego apart, it’s quite alright because I’m in no position to complain. I do the exact same thing to many other people. I’d love it ifyou all review A Clear and Feathered Danger and declare it the second coming of fantasy, but I’m sure you hear that from every book you review.
If I had a dollar from every time I heard marketing blurbs state that a game was the most amazing original thing ever created, I’d be rich.
So here is at least one author who doesn’t take you for granted and salutes your efforts for little or no glory at all.