“I’m about 4+ chapters in, and LOVE it so far… Did I mention that I love this book, so far?” – Suzanne M.
“I’m on ch 11 and am having a hard time not thinking about when I can read more. It reads like a CSI episode.” – Mary H. (who says she’s not really a murder mystery fan)
I was afraid to publish my book. I thought perhaps no one would buy it or that even if they did get it, maybe they wouldn’t like it. I thought maybe it wasn’t ready, that I needed more time to perfect and massage the words. Maybe if I just waited and edited and pruned and worked a little more, it would be perfect.
It’s possible that could be true. But it’s also possible you can edit yourself into never publishing.
I knew I’d told my story decently. I’d created some interesting characters, I’d developed their interactions reasonably and with logical purpose. The tale hung together and the action grew organically. It was time to let my creation go out into the world and seek its audience – whatever that meant. I learned long ago to craft my poetry and then turn it loose. It is so much tougher to do that with a novel, but it still must be done. If you hold your writing close to your heart and protect it, you’ll never find out what people think of it and you’ll never hear the magical words like those above.
Thank you to Suzanne and Mary who bought copies in the first week and shared their reactions. You ladies make me smile!