The Online Book Club has a program they call “The First Ten” in which they ask approximately 20 of their top reviewers to read at least the first 10 pages of the books they pick as their “Book of the Day”. These reviewers look at the cover, blurb, official Online Book Club review, and read at least the first 10 pages. Then, they write up a short review and state whether or not they plan to read the rest of the book. The percentage that say they will read the rest of the book represent the percentage of people who upon perusing the book are likely to buy it. According to the Online Book Club, “any score above 0% is acceptable” and “any score over 10% is considered very good.” Hell Holes: What Lurks Below just scored 47%. I’m naturally very pleased with the score and also with what the reviewers had to say about the cover (thank you Ellie), the blurb I wrote, the editing (thank you Heidi), and naturally the book content itself. I was also glad to see that I had already fixed one of the complaints. Now all I have to do is get a ton of potential readers to look at the book’s cover, read the blurb on the back cover, and skim the first few pages.
Here are the actual reviews if you’re interested: