Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom

Promoting a new novel without an established reader base is daunting and intimidating. After hosting a book-launching event, and asking (begging) friends to please read, review, and recommend Busted to others, I needed to expand my universe and have been seeking professional and influential blogger reviews. When a novel is submitted, there are no guarantees the evaluation will be positive, and that’s a chance every author/artist takes.

I received my first less-than-positive review. Ouch!






The woman had given me three out of four stars, which I admit doesn’t sound catastrophic. Perhaps I was exhausted or being overly sensitive, but as I read her synopsis, her negative comments hurt. I shared my sadness and disappointment with my friend Bob Romano, and he e-mailed the following.

You Are Not For Everyone by Rebecca Campbell

The world is filled with people who, no matter what you do, will point-blank not like you. But it is also filled with those who will love you fiercely. They are your people. You are not for everything and that’s OK. Talk to the people who can hear you.

Don’t waste your precious time and gifts trying to convince them of your value, they won’t ever want what you’re selling. Don’t convince them to walk alongside you. You’ll be wasting both your time and theirs and will likely inflict unnecessary wounds, which will take precious time to heal. You are not for them and they are not for you; politely wave them on and continue along your way. Sharing your path with someone is a sacred gift; don’t cheapen it by rolling yours in the wrong direction.

Keep facing your true north.

I found these words of wisdom comforting and uplifting.


Yesterday I received an e-mail from Readers’ Favorite. I’d submitted my novel in May and had forgotten about the request. Of the professional appraisals I’ve received so far, this one made my heart sing.

 Busted by Michele I. Khoury is a riveting story with characters that readers will enjoy. Twenty-four-year-old artist Gina McKenna is literally broke and she is about to spend the last of what she had left when a rich businessman buys one of her paintings and asks her to do more. She is slowly sucked into his world of wealth and opulence and, when she falls for him, she discovers that Miguel Lopez is a ruthless drug lord and he kills anyone who comes between him and his business.

A new player comes into the game, DEA Special Agent Bobby Garcia, who has been looking for any means to bring down the mastermind behind the drug distribution network in Southern California, a mission that quickly turns personal with the overdose of his teenage daughter. There is a lot waiting for the reader in the plot as relationships become complex and dangers multiply. Who will be left standing when the curtain falls?

Michele I. Khoury’s novel is a gem, the kind of story for readers who love suspenseful plots, character-driven writing, and well-developed conflicts in what they read. I loved the cast of characters and Gina is well-thought out and developed with mastery. The reader will love the role she plays in the story and how she evolves through it. Yes, there is content for mature readers like steamy sex, violence, and foul language. The story is fast-paced and absorbing, the writing balanced, with impeccable world-building. Busted is a page-turner, as exciting as it is entertaining.

Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers’ Favorite

Happy reading.


Did Rebecca’s words resonate with you? Have you had a similar experience? Should I be like Sixty Minutes and post the negative review? I welcome your comments/advice.

Warmest Regards,                                                                                                                      Michele                                                                                                                                          Author, Busted                                                                                                         www.michelekhoury.com












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