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  • Writer's pictureMatilda Reyes

Ask an Author: October 2022 Edition

Every month, I'll bring you a few of the most common questions I get. Do you have a burning question? Email me at

  • Do you follow book blogs?

Not really. About once a month, I scan a few of the ones I'd submit just to see what

reviewers are looking for in my genre.

  • Do you read reviews? If so, how do you process negative reviews?

Yes, unfortunately. Last year, I had the good fortune to hang out with some NY Times

bestsellers and Hugo award winners, and they all said the same thing - it's bad for your mental

health. I don't want to ride a high of positive reviews, and I don't want to hit a low when

people are negative about my work. However, I do want to know if certain aspects that

concern me come up in reviews. For instance, with Unearthly Magik, I wanted to see what

folks said about my use of Spanish in the text. It's gotten a mixed reception, but I still feel

confident in my decision to include the characters' native language.

  • Do you attend book signings?

Yes, though I mostly attend comic conventions. They have a much bigger audience than the

book fairs, and I love meeting people who are excited about the genre. I'm currently working

on my 2023 schedules, and I'll post it as soon as I know where I'm going.

However, if you're in South Florida, you don't have to wait that long. I'll be one of many

9th from 1 pm to 6 pm. They're also stocking my book to be sold there, a first for me.

  • Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

Yes! I'm lucky to have a group of Advanced Reader Copy readers who give me feedback. We

have a private group where we talk about all things books. Want to get in on the good gossip?

Tune in for more questions in November!

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