Humbled… Now what?
With the release of what I hope will be the first of many literary efforts, this week has turned out to be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking. To finally see my work in printed form was a pretty surreal moment. I’ve been getting packages from Amazon.com for nearly 20 years now, but to open the package and see your name on a glossy new book, well that’s an experience that I won’t soon forget. Then to have so many of my friends and family respond to the release in a positive way, well that was just down right humbling, and as well all know, I’m not easily humbled. The initial response has been more than I could have hope for, but now what? How do I market this book so that I can reach an audience wider than my facebook friends? Any ideas? I’m all ears.
I know that one way to increase exposure is to get positive reviews on the Amazon site. So once again I ask for your assistance. If you have purchased a copy and once you have completed the book, please take a few minutes to post a short review on the Amazon page. Don’t be afraid to be critical, it’s ok. I won’t mind. In fact, I’m sure it will be helpful in the long wrong. Just don’t let on that you know me. 🙂
As for reviews in general, Kirkus, the most reputable of the reviewing services, is reviewing the book as we speak. It is a pay service that Amazon recommends, but they promise that they will issue a fair and impartial review, regardless of the fact that you’re paying for it. It’s nice to have your friends and family tell you how great you are, to help balance the voices in your head that tell you how much you suck, but to have your book turned over to an anonymous reader is quite un-nerving. What if the dude just broke up with his girlfriend? What if the girl is in the throes of PMS? What if the reader simply hates short stories? Actually, it’s kind of exciting to think about. Unfortunatley, it takes about 5 weeks to complete the review process, so we won’t know for a while. But I will let you know what the reviewer says, regardless.
Lastly, I want to thank everyone who has purchased the book, and who has been reading the blog updates. I know that short story collections can be tough to read. It’s a lot easier to get invested in just one set of characters, rather than doing it 20 different times, but I’m hoping that over course of the book, you’ll find at least one that you love. I have my favorite, but I’ll keep that a secret for now.
Until next time,