Story time. For those who know me, a story usually pops up in conversation at some point. It’s my Celtic heritage. My people are storytellers.
June 2010, I attended my first GCLS conference in Orlando. I
went —by myself in order to pitch my newly completed first manuscript. I didn’t know a
single soul, except for virtual names and faces.
Long story short, at one of the sessions, a well-loved author was commenting on the value of reader feedback. She remarked that although writing was a solitary task even one e-mail from a reader could provide enormous incentive. I made a promise to
myself that whenever I finished a book or story, I would let the author know
and make some sort of comment.
At the time, I didn’t consider myself knowledgeable enough
to be analyzing anyone’s work but felt that I could at least say thank you for
taking the time to write a book that I could enjoy. Little did I know about
what was involved in getting said book to said reader.
Sixteen months have passed since that time and to my credit, I have made good on my promise. I have either emailed, Face booked, texted, or spoken with a number of authors to acknowledge their hard work.
A Little over three months ago, Affinity eBooks published my first book “Damaged In Service”– the first in a four books series.
According to my first quarterly report, I’ve sold more than a few of these books. (Warning: the whining starts now)
I was thrilled when I received my first e-mail a mere 48 hours after release. Soon after I received two very flattering reviews. There were a number people who let me know how happy they were after ordering my book. Some folks even sent one are two progress notes detailing their excitement as they began reading.
And in all honesty, I have received four other thoughtful reviews.
So here’s my question, when you (the universal reader) finish a book that you either loved her hated or maybe just tolerated, do you contact the author?
If you do, Brava!
If you don’t, what might be holding youback? I seriously want to know.
Is it shyness?
Is it because you don’t think your opinion is of value?
Is it because you think authors are too busy to read your
Is it because it’s just too much trouble?
Is it because you don’t want to tell them the books sucked
because they might kill you?
As I said before writing is a solitary endeavor. My dogs have virtually no input in my stories. All conversations occur in my head between my characters and me and sometimes it’s hard to gain perspective. Happily, I have a critique partner and a very good beta reader. But, that said, I have just offered up a large chunk of my soul with a solemn promise to bring you three more installments and I would really like your feedback—good, bad, or ugly. Caveat: I am not looking to be browbeaten, but I would certainly appreciate feedback.
There is an address on the right hand side or you can message me on Facebook.
Thanks for your time and your support now I will go back to our regularly scheduled writing.
Remember, Book two will be along in February 2012