Saturday, April 23, 2011

Weekly Update on the ePub journey

No new sales, unless you count one free download to a reviewer. But the good news is, I'm starting to get the books reviewed, and the reviews are positive! The very latest was 5 stars (well, "ratties" by this blogger's system) for The River and the Roses. She said she couldn't put it down! Yay! That sort of thing is SO GOOD to hear, because I do get discouraged. I worry that I have an unrealistic sense of how good my writing is. I don't think it's the best ever, you understand--but I do think it's just as good and sometimes better than a lot of what's already bestselling. But it's like that verse in Desiderata says,
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Not to mention the Fate Factor, as Nathan Bradsford recently put it. How much luck do I need to make this writing-as-my-day-job thing happen? Quite a bit, I suppose. Oh, for a blog post that literally made me laugh until tears streamed down my face, on the topic of whether you're ready to be a professional writer, go here.

But anyway, marketing helps. And I haven't really been doing a ton of that lately--not for a little over a week, other than to tweet links to my recent reviews. I'm holding back, because I figure I need to accumulate more followers... but I do think I'll be making some announcements about the sequel to River coming out: The Fire and the Veil. You, my beautiful blog readers, are the first to know. The question is, when? I need to get it beta read and to put it through its paces on my writing forum. This whole process will probably take a minimum of two months. So I think announcements about it probably need to wait until the launch date is a good deal closer.


  1. The review news is what I'm holding onto in this post, and the sequel, too. :)

  2. Thanks, Mary. I'm focusing on that too.

  3. Nice to meet you, Sophia! I wandered over from GoodReads, and I look forward to exploring your site! :)

  4. Thanks, LisaAnn! Nice to meet you too. :)

  5. Ugh! I've gotta get my novella out to reviewers. Anyway, congrats on the positive feedback!

  6. Thanks Court Ellyn! Best of luck with the reviewers. :)