I have just read an article which tells me that 1 million new books are created each year. It makes me wonder why I bother with my single book. In fact, I find myself slightly embarrassed that I have had the effrontery to post it on line. However, the sequel is almost finished – out probably in July, and I intend to post that on line too.
When ‘Planet Woman’ didn’t get past the agents (which it should have done) I could blame the print book industry. However, there is nothing between an author and the appearance of an ebook except the preparation of the text for epublication (a very curious experience), and the moment comes when with one gentle touch of the “Enter” key you step over the threshold from safe anonymity into the world of reaction and opinion.
I used to write music reviews for newspapers and I didn’t mind if people did not always agree with my opinion. I always had a solid basis for what I had written. It’s a good thing that people have different views, I would think. However, if future readers tell me that my novel just does not engage their interest, I think I will probably find that a bit difficult to cope with. I have more emotional capital invested in my novel than I had in my reviews.
According to the article I mentioned, the readers are the new kings of the publishing world, although publishers, editors and agents are still needed because they have the experience and expertise.
So please keep on reading, and please try to leave a comment about the book with the retailer you bought it from, also on the author’s blog or author page.
I have taken this on as a personal responsibility. I have already posted three very simple comments and thankfully I could make them appreciative. They were not reviews – just simple reader reactions and not hard to write.