Word Count, Vol.4: Over 200k. I’ve decided to stop counting until I’m finished.
Thanks to All Who Bought Echo! And BIG THANKS to Melissa, Barbara, Ian, Lorna, [anonymous], Lisa, Meg, Matt, Bobby, F.T., Alice Smith, Leslie Coop, Richard, Shauna, Sydney, Pam, Jessica, Angela, Kiesa, Ross, Keith, Alice, Daina, Daniel, Yolanda, Trace, Books4me, Vince, Laurie, and DAE for posting AMAZING reviews on Amazon!!! Ashley too for the 5 star on Nook! I’d like to reiterate that leaving a positive review for any author is the equivalent of leaving $100 tip at a restaurant (I know some authors who’d actually pay that much for a good review). Although I sincerely appreciate any love you leave me on Amazon, please consider leaving a review for ANY author you know, simply as a random act of kindness…because it’ll mean the world to ’em! (A good place to start are those I’ve listed—a few of them are authors. Let me know if you want me to put you in touch with ’em and I’ll be more than happy to do so! And no, you don’t need to have purchased their book to leave a review on Amazon; you simply needed to have used Amazon at one time or another to leave what’s called an “unverified purchase” review. If you purchased their book at the store or on another eReader, you can still leave a review for them.)
News: Okay so just for those few of you who are interested in the travails of an aspiring writer: I’m still at 500 words per day, slogging through the final conflict of Echo 4. As far as Echo 2 goes, I’m close to finishing my last “comb-through” (after a manuscript starts becoming readable, I do three “comb-throughs” to try and get out all the burrs). Once I finish this comb-through, I’ll put up a nice sparkly clean version of Echo 2 on Kindle, and send it off to my editor, who’ll look it over and give me recommendations. Then I’ll see if I want to take him up on those suggestions, and then get started with the actual physical paperback publishing process through Ingraham publishing. For those of you who’ve read Echo 2, complete with its handful of typos and sloppy sentences, I apologize. I know a lot of you say it doesn’t matter, but it’s a reflection of my best effort at trying to entertain, so it matters to ME. Each slow description or typo grates on my nerves, so hopefully I’ve gotten them all out with this last comb-through.
I also got my first 2-star review on Amazon for Echo 1, which admittedly I bristled a little at, but in the end I’m okay with. The guy didn’t like how emo Atriya is and I gotta say he has a point: Atriya is pretty emo. The thing is, I’ve met people a lot like Atriya who have a similar badass alpha male job, minus the cyborg gymnastics. That’s why I wrote him that way.
Bad reviews hurt authors’ feelings, even one like me who hasn’t built an identity around being an author, but I actually kind of see it as a badge of honor. Even my favorite books have 1 and 2 star reviews, and out of 50 reviews for Echo 1, a single 2-star review isn’t something to be concerned about. (I once read about an indie author who got a bad review, hunted the reviewer down, then brained her with a rock. I’m not gonna brain anyone, LOL). The important thing is I did the best I could, and now I gotta leave the rest to fate. The odds of being a pro author are so slim that the real reward is found simply in doing the best job possible. I’ve already been blessed beyond compare if you account for the fact that I’ve got ideas for multiple books, that I’ve been able to pay some bills with my efforts, and that people seem to like my stuff (generally speaking). That’s way more than I ever dreamed I’d get from writing, so I can’t complain. Anyways, that’s what’s going on this week, but it’s time to quit running my jib-jab and get back to work! If you’re a writer, I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing!!!