I forgot to mention that my first memoir, TO TRAVEL HOPELESSLY, is available for FREE now.
Writing about your own life makes reading your reviews a rather tricky business; people are in many cases reviewing your life as much as they are your works.
For the most part, the books have been well-received and well-considered by most of the people who have bothered to leave a review on Amazon. The reviews on Amazon UK are much more savage than the ones on Amazon US, though -- there are like three different people who say my books are "the worst book I've ever read!" (What a statistical anomaly!)
Recently a real confusingly WTF review got posted:
So yeah, let me go ahead and just reveal my true identity. My real name is James Frey.
(To the best of my knowledge, I don't know anybody who lives in Denmark, where that reviewer supposedly lives, nor can I think of anybody who might have written that.)
So just let me make a polite request: if you have read and liked my books, take a few minutes to leave a review on Amazon.
If you DIDN'T like my books, then at least get your fucking facts straight before you review it. Don't complain that there's bad language, because I say that in the product description. The books may have some typos, but they ARE NOT full of grammatical errors. If you say that I present a one-dimensional portrait of TEFL, please elaborate on where you are getting your information from. If you claim that you are a teacher and never had experiences like this, or met people like this, please tell me where you worked so I can apply there.
In fact, if you never met crazy people while teaching TEFL, odds are that YOU were the crazy one ...
(There was a review of my GUIDE TO TEACHING ENGLISH ABROAD that said it was "like a bitter shot of poison to the heart!"and if we look at all the other books this reviewer reviews, we see a lot of books about living with bipolar disorder.)