As anyone who has read the short story Aftermath: A world Without Hope, they know of the special challenge I present at the end of the story. I ask the reader to leave a review only if they believe the story should go on and become a series of two, maybe three full-length novels. In the challenge I state that only 5 star reviews will count as a yes vote. Less than 5 star review will constitute a no vote.
I set the book price as low as Amazon allows in hopes that the book will circulate well, knowing that I can setup a free book promotion and hopefully gather some review votes. Now the question is: Should I count only the review votes on the Amazon site, or tally-up those that are on Goodreads as well? If the answer is yes, then the vote goes unanimously in favor of yes, a story continues. If I restrict the official vote count to the Amazon reviews only, then the answer as of this date is a tie. One 5 star vs one 2 star. The reason given by the 2 star review is confusing to me as far as what it is, or what it means, but it's a vote nonetheless.
I thought this review concept was one of the better of my ideas, with reader/author communication being what it is (zero,) I can get a bit of feedback on the direction of this story; if for what it is worth. Interested readers can circle-back to Amazon's product page and take a look at how the vote is shaping up. Will the first to reach five 5 star win? Or will it be the first five <5 star to win?
I've written the first few chapters of Aftermath book 2 with the intentions of moving forward with it. But as one knows, every author loves his own stories; otherwise it wouldn't be written. I've written several if not a dozen or more stories only to discover that it factors down to what the reader wants that is important. My aim is to find out if the story I want to write is mutually in the same interest of the reader, otherwise I have lost in terms of editing fees, and time.
There are other ways of getting feedback. Such would be to include a link to my website at the end of the story where the reader could cast a vote, but I'll try this method first as it seems more convenient for the reader.
I have set a time limit not to exceed this calendar year 2018, figuring that if a lack of interest factors into this challenge, I'll get busy with developing other writing projects.