Quantum Beginnings is my first book, so I understandably had a bit to learn about the process. So far, the book has far exceeded even my highest expectations. From the metrics, after only a couple weeks over a thousand people have purchased the book directly, and nearly that number have read it on Kindle Unlimited. Since that blew straight past my expectations, my new author jitters had to focus on something else, reviews.
As you might guess, there’s a certain level of anxiety around what people think about my writing. It’s niche, admittedly. If you don’t like hard Sci-Fi, you’ll have plenty of science and biology stuff to skip past. As one reviewer put it, the relationships are “unique” as well and it’s even got some explicit moments. Yet, I still decided to publish under my real name. (What was I thinking, again?)
I’ve presented live to large audiences and even done live tech demos on immature (flaky) products with nearly 20,000 people watching as it all went sideways, but not knowing how the book was being received had me more nervous than any of that. So… what did I find out once the reviews started coming in? Well… maybe it’s less niche than I thought. Or maybe there’s just a market for near-future cyberpunk and no one else is writing about it.
To date, I’ve received 19 5-star reviews. I’ve literally not even had a four star or lower on Amazon (knock on wood). That… was not what I expected. It’ll happen, I’m certain, but for those people that have opted to provide feedback, it’s been well loved. The universal was “When is the next one coming!?” (Answer: Book 2 is with my editor, so maybe late Oct or Nov? Possibly sooner? It depends on how many scene rewrites I’m looking at.)
Here’s what folks had to say: