I admit to being a little overwhelmed.
As of this writing over 6,000 free copies of my new novel The Island have been downloaded. That’s a lot of books! It’s been enough to propel the book to the number 1 spot in both Occult Suspense and Occult Horror categories and number 45 overall in the Kindle Free store. I don’t think I could have asked for better results than that! Thanks to everyone who downloaded a copy during this free promo. I plan on more freebies in the future, so watch the usual locations for more details. If you’d like the chance to win a paperback copy of the book, head over to Goodreads and sign up for the giveaway there.
I wrote the last word for The Devil’s Catacombs today, making it my third completed novel of 2013. It still needs a lot of work, but while it’s mellowing like a fine wine, I’m getting ready to start the next book, Moon Shadow. This is the novel, you may recall, that I began my senior year in high school, and it’s been almost 30 years since I visited with it. My plan is to take the basic idea and modernize it, certainly rewrite most of it, and see what happens. I’m really looking forward to working on this story again. I fell in love with these characters back in 1983, and they’ve never left me. It’s always bothered me that their story never was completed, and now I’m going to take the time to do just that.
I love this new modern world of indie publishing! I follow several writing blogs, and the one recurring theme I see in all of them is that you must keep writing. Never give up. I admit to going through several years of being discouraged, a long haul in which I was trying my hardest to get discovered through traditional publishing routes. During that time it seemed as though my creativity had all but dried up. It’s easy to say “keep writing and don’t give up,” but it’s very different to actually do that when you’re getting absolutely no encouragement at all from the powers that be. Now the only powers that be are you, the readers. The writing process is a lonely one at times, and for the most part you are never sure your work is even being read, let alone appreciated. I am thankful for every review (good or bad), for every Twitter follower and Goodreads fan, for every email I get because I that means someone is reading my drivel and mostly enjoying it. And that, my friends, gives me all the encouragement I need to keep going. To keep writing. To keep putting those words – those pieces of myself – out there for all to see.
Thanks for the encouragement! See you next month.