What’s in a number?

I now have the grand total of six ratings on Goodreads.com for “Losing Moby Dick”. Not many, I know, but you’ve got to start somewhere. I had hoped – after a ‘Goodreads Giveaway’ – more of the 100 people who’d received the e-version of the book would have read and rated it, but beggars, choosers and all that…

And what do they say? One ‘5’, one ‘4’, three ‘3’, and one ‘2’. Overall that’s about 3.4 so far.

Disappointed? Only if you’ve naive enough to think that every book – especially yours! – deserves to score a 5. In the Goodreads lexicon, a ‘3’ means ‘I liked it’. Personally, I’ve scored lots of books a ‘3’, many by some of the most well-known authors of our time; I liked them, but I didn’t ‘love’ them; they weren’t, for me, ‘awesome’.

On that basis, I think 3.4 is pretty OK. The ‘4’ and ‘5’ are great, of course, and perhaps “Losing Moby Dick” was good enough to get a few people reading other things of mine.

Maybe I’ll average a little closer to maybe 3.75 for the next book that collects reviews.

Hint, hint…