So I have stopped my review request campaign. Turns out that this is rather rude. It’s like telemarketing. Luckily, one of the first people I sent an email to is an author who has a rather acerbic wit. She led me to her website that deals with authors who would spam others. It had excellent advice and I am in the process of implementing the advice.
On a more positive note, I have now included a widget on my website. It’s on the right-hand side and it is a graphic from Pacemaker that shows how many words I have written in my novel Stoc. I need to write about 50,000 words to finish the novel. I finished Part One yesterday at around 48,000 words. That will bring the novel to around 100K words which is the right number of words for my novels, I think. 120K words is a little too much.
Anyway, now you can track my progress!
I’ve started a massive book review campaign. Over the next several days I will be mass emailing potential readers to one, read my novels, and two, kindly leave a review. If you’ve received an email from me, it’s honest, and hopefully not annoying.
Independent authors are dependent on reviews. See the irony there? Can’t write that stuff. If you’ve read my novels please take the time to leave a review on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Goodreads, or wherever you like. They make a massive difference on visibility and sales. Reviews lead to greater prominence on Amazon, and that leads to more sales, and more sales leads to me writing more.
As an aside, I used to have many more five star reviews for my first novel, Duilleog. Inexplicably Amazon took down about 5 of them. No warnings or reasons provided. I’ve since read many explanations but nothing makes sense to me. It is annoying.
You probably won’t believe me but there comes a moment whilst writing when great ideas and storyline events happen and the world lines up and you are pretty impressed with yourself. That’s why I write – for those moments. Doesn’t matter how well you outline – something new and wonderful will come to mind and next thing you know you’re immensely happy with yourself.
Update on Stoc
I’m sorry to admit that I am severely behind with Volume 3 of the New Druids series. I am still fully employed in the military and work is draining me at the moment. I’m trying to make a change in my work and life and that has my focus. End of summer is my goal for release. Certainly by mid-August. I’m pleased with the story and the outline and the writing is much easier this third time around. It’s now all about getting ink on paper (or bits on screens) and forming sentences, paragraphs, chapters, and worlds. I’ll be in PEI this summer fishing on a lake [yes, there are lakes in PEI] and I expect to crunch out the remainder of the novel.