Tuesday, September 3, 2013
DARK HARVEST - One Week In
I should be working on my new novel, a dark police procedural mystery that I'm tentatively calling THE MISSING KEY, but for some reason my mind can't focus on that right now so instead I will hop on here and do a post. It was either this or browse Facebook for a few hours, and this, in a way, feels productive. Oh, and the reason why I can't focus on my current novel isn't really a mystery. DARK HARVEST is to blame. As I mentioned on Facebook the other night, I'm always a bit on edge after releasing a new book, my mind constantly asking whether my readers will like it or be disappointed? Will it live up to their expectations or will it fall flat? With DARK HARVEST this anxiety was even worse, the number of comments and LIKES I always got whenever I posted about the upcoming release evidence to me that my readers were eager to read it. I was also fielding a lot of questions about this book from fans on Facebook, the most common one being when will it be published!?! Thus, once released, my anxiety got the better of me and made it nearly impossible to focus on anything. The fact that it sold really REALLY well from the start and hit the Amazon bestseller list within a few hours of publication added to this. A lot of people were buying it, which meant (hopefully) that a lot of people were reading it. I can't imagine any writer not growing anxious about such a situation. It isn't a lack of confidence in the work or anything, just an understanding that you've put something out there, something that will draw opinion, opinions that you hope will be positive while also understanding that some will be negative. Not everyone is going to like it, that's just a fact of life, but hopefully the fans that really dig your work, the ones who constantly ask when something new is coming out, will enjoy it.
As of now I'm fairly certain readers are enjoying it. Three customer reviews have come in (two on Amazon and one on Goodreads) and all were positive. Plus, feedback on Facebook seems to suggest that those who are reading it right now are really liking it, which is great. One reader even said it was the best thing I've ever written, sentiment that was shared by one of my editors. Others still like JIMMY the best, which I don't mind. Every writer has to have a novel that is considered 'the favorite' by fans, and for me, JIMMY might always be that favorite. Nothing wrong with this, especially if the others still entertain those who read them.
And now, with that, lets see if I can get a couple pages added to the manuscript of THE MISSING KEY . . .