First, here is my background. I am Romanian-born and immigrated to Canada in 1993. I worked as an IT guy and turned author after retirement.
I self-published my memoir book THESE LIVES on March 2nd, 2023. In one week, it reached #1 on Amazon New Releases in two categories: History/Biographies/Romania (now #2) and History/Biographies/Russia (Russian presence in Romania greatly influenced my family’s history).
I have three editorial reviews: 4 stars from Indie Reader and Reedsy Discovery and one excellent from Kirkus (they do not offer stars, but only one star in case of exceptional performance, and I do not have that star). I have three readers’ reviews (for some reason, they are distributed on “co.uk” and “.com” or “.ca” ). Well, all of them are 4 stars.
So, can I ask myself how all five reviews are 4 stars? Was anybody willing to give me 5, but something held him/her back? I took a deep breath and had to admit that in my head the book is 5 stars (as any author on this planet thinks about his book), but the occasional or professional reader sees it 4 stars, at least for now (that is very good, thou). Still, one of the readers mentioned the accent felt throughout the book that he did not particularly like, but he liked the book, saying at the end that “the content of the stories will linger with the reader longer than a few jarring notes in the text.”
Now, how big is that accent problem? My book does not have spelling or grammar errors; the best editor in the world (mine) fixed them. And she also mentioned the accent felt within the narrative. Still, she liked it, saying it gave authenticity to stories happening in a world where bizarre and incredible were the norm.
So, I had to thank the reader who spelled out the accent problem. Why? Because in my future books, I have to stay in that world, otherwise writing in English, about the English world, for an English audience, by a non-English native could be problematic. Or maybe not? Should I try it? I’ll think about it. Anyway, my memoir book is here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BXFPVYDK https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0BXFPVYDK