As a writer who is going the indie route, it is easy to feel lost and under appreciated when you look at the sales reports on your book sales. But you have to look at it another way. For every person that has decided to purchase your book, they might tell another reader friend about it and yes, slowly though it may go, you build a following. But the bonus is those are people who didn’t know you, weren’t friends who were doing you a favor by purchasing your book, but honest to goodness other people who decided to take a chance on a writer whose last name wasn’t King, Patterson, etc. And every time someone new buys your book, they have validated your option to put words on the page as a storyteller. It would be nice to see reviews from every person who reads your books but realistically, look at it this way, if the millions of readers for say “King” put a review up on Amazon, it would blow out the server. So take a small bit of pride in the reviews you do receive, good and bad, and keep writing because you are tiny (today) but growing daily. Peace
Sometimes we act in ways that cause a really negative action and we wonder, about three weeks later, where the fall out is coming from.
In fiction, this is the good stuff that makes a story rock. You’re thinking, what the hell are you talking about, but go with me here. Say you start your story and your character has unprotected sex with a stranger and 3 weeks later starts having a burning, itching sensation. It either came from the random shag or something else is up, (I don’t know, it’s your character) but it opens the door for all kinds of conflict in your story. Because your character either already has a partner – which is going to piss them off (std, anyone). Or the slag finds out who you are and comes knocking on your door because she missed her friendly visitor. So, all this is to say, unintentional actions sometimes have consequences that you don’t foresee but can rock the hell out of your story with some beefy conflict.
Quiet Riot is out on Amazon and Smashwords. This story continues to follow Perri Stone, prison investigator, in the Correctional Facility where she works. She has returned to work after being away for a little over a month, only to find out some big changes are going into affect and the prison population isn’t very happy about it.
A riot ensues. Some actions take place that will change people forever.
I hope you are ready for the ride.
There is also a short piece on a different installation of Perri Stone’s adventures once she leaves Kansas. The next book will be out soon.