PW Review of #SL_UT – Utah book: boldly erotic and careless; with charming men: #SexinSLC
That. is what I would like to think is a way the Publisher’s Weekly review I received today could be summarized, were they Tweeting reviews from anyone other than Alison Lee @alisonlee_sl_ut – if one were exaggeratedly kind.
In the most immodest way, I am going to pontificate openly to the universe about my review. Yes, I know it’s bad form. Who are you, the Emily Freaking Post of Indie Publishers?
The entire review is available here (spoiler alert, don’t read it if you plan to read the novel). I am going to post only the portions I choose to find relevant a.k.a. – will make you think “Awesome! I want to read that story.”
I’ve been really open about the fact that SL,UT ‘s first manuscript is what went to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Where some artists (please clear the air of grandiose distaste after I call myself that) prefer a careful, slow crafting. With SL,UT I drove fast. I am excited to share this story with you so I approached SL,UT using the Facebook Approach to writing.
A few of the Facebook Cultural Axioms:
1. Done is better than perfect.
2. Stay focused and keep shipping.
3. Move fast and break things.
4. What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
5.Fortune favors the bold.
6. Code wins arguments – This one makes my heart happy!
… “instead of debating ad nausem the validity of an idea, build a prototype. Test it out. Write the code and react to what you build instead of debating a theoretical argument.” Posted by: Gwinnett Church / Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 / at Gwinnet Church Online
That phrase may be the perfect way for me to test my story (and what the Amazon reviewer saw) … a prototype, which has been undergoing extensive research and development ever since:
SL,UT, by Alison Lee … deliver the stories of the relationships that caused [the trio of friends] to become, in their own word, sluts. Self-consciously edgy, Annabelle falls in love with Carick, a charming, daring young man. Kyra, damaged by bad parenting and abuse, is pursued by Francois, a French man who wants to make her his kept woman. Sarah, … a cooperative Mormon despite her BYU-honor-code-violating behavior … marries a fellow lapsed Mormon, Justin.
Meanwhile, Annabelle — goes on to host a radio show about sex, offering a vibe similar to Carrie of “Sex and the City. The author strives for deeper meaning … and weave(s) in September 11 and traumatic loss … an interesting tale of three women’s intertwined lives.
— 2013, SL,UT Publisher’s Weekly Manuscript Review, Amazon Breakthrough Novels Quarterfinals