Double Down didn't make the list of semi-finalists on Amazon's Breakthrough novel contest. Not too surprising but still disappointing. I didn't know until today that there were written reviews. It's no wonder that Double Down made it to the quarterfinals. The two expert reviewers at that level loved the excerpt, even saying that they believed I had a promising future in the writing field. However, the Publishers Weekly Reviewer who read the whole novel hated it. He or she didn't have even one nice thing to say.
I'm not sure what they expected. Double Down isn't gritty or gory,and doesn't have explicit sex scenes. It probably qualifies as a cozy mystery, except it doesn't include any talking animals, recipes or knitting patterns. I refuse to read anything with those types of gimmicks. It's just an entertaining mystery along the lines of an Agatha Christie novel, or so I thought until I read that review. The feedback wasn't constructive, just vicious.
Because I enjoy writing and some people seem to enjoy reading my stories, I'll continue to write. After all this is just one person's opinion, but I'm not sure if I'll be entering any more contests.