First I think you need to take reviews with a pinch of salt and look very carefully at the reviewer, advise from trusted readers is different, good editorial advice is worth while, so don't let negative reviews get to you, Amazon if full of negative unintelligent reviews on books that are otherwise hugely successfull and critically acclaimed. Remember a number of now highly successful books were originally repeatedly knocked back.
The whole vampire thing seems to have appeal to a particular type of reader, I have to admit that in conversations with young adult readers I use the Twilight books to get them to think a bit more critically about what they are reading and how women are portrayed, the kids end up shocked at how negative and poorly written those books actually are. Vampire fiction is a kind of cultural valium so I wouldn't worry to much about that market. Post apocalyptic and dystopian fiction has huge appeal with young adults at the moment but they seem to prefer really dark stories, which says a lot about how they see the world, your book may have appeal to these kids but they have a fairly bleak world view and because of the incident driven nature of modern entertainment they seek out strong action driven plot.
I would love to read your book but I couldn't promise to get to it until easter. Do you have access to a local writers group at all or even a local library where one of the librarians might be able to read your novel and give you some feedback. Writing is such a hard thing to do, you sweat blood over it and then the last thing you need is unthinking criticism.
I just thought of an Australian blog that has an interest in independent and speculative fiction that might also be interested in your novel, it might be a good idea to see if they would read it and promote it, the link;http://bookishardour.com/
If you would like me to read your novel and don't mind waiting a few weeks for me to get back to you let me know, sorry I have been slow in replying.
As a fellow aussie I thought I would say hi! I looked at your web site and while I am interested in your book I would be interested in reading a sample chapter or at least a couple of sample pages, it might be worth your while to make that available on the web site for potential readers, just an idea. Am I correct in assuming it is a post apocalyptic story with a bit of a positive bent rather than just another dystopia story? Just had a very quick look while snatching a few free moments, hope I didn't miss anything and have just asked an incredibly stupid question?
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