“The first chapter intrigued me.”

Another reader of mine told me on Friday that she’d gotten through the first chapter of AS FROM A TALENTED ANIMAL and was intrigued by it. She said, “Your novels keep getting better and better.”

“Oh,” I said, “you’re liking this one –.”

“Yes,” she said, “I’m liking it a lot.”

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“I Need Something to Read”

Five of my more favorite words strung together are: “I need something to read” but six of my most favorite words strung together — that follow closely after the first five words — are: “I want to read your book.”

These two phrases — uh, sentences — were “heard” by me via text yesterday, and this morning my friend — one of my readers — bought my novel GANI & SEAN.

I signed it to her, “You know I love you.”

When books don’t sell themselves and when they do

I prefer the latter — when a potential reader says, “I want to read that book – what’s it called?” and then almost correctly names your novel. The book has sold itself — I would imagine through word of mouth?

The feedback on my novels is generally either absent or glowing. Either the reader says nothing to me or he or she seeks me out to tell me how great I write or how much they loved my novel.

Several readers actually follow me — they are my tiny fan base. I love my fan base, and though I do write for myself primarily, I want my novels read by others, of course.

A novel is not designed to sit on a shelf; rather, a novel is crafted for the hands of the reader. The reader is meant to open its cover and bend back its pages and make its insides come to life.

Therefore, I call for readers.

Oh Carley I loved your book…

Those 6 words are some of the best a writer ( named Carley ) can hear – “Oh Carley, I loved your book and oh, so did my friend.”

“Which one did you read?”

“METAL MAN WALKING. I just loved it — the man walking North Chuck ( that’s North Charleston ) and his love of baseball when he was a kid. I just loved it. I want to read all your books.” He pauses, adds, “You write like a guy — you know, for guys.”

I smile. He’s right about that!

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Earlier, a different guy says a similar thing, “I’m loving your book.”

“Which one did you buy? I forget.”

“ANNIE DREAMING.”

“Oh yes; well when you finish it, you need to read METAL MAN WALKING. They go together.”

“Oh, okay,” he says. “That sounds great.”

A Surprise Sale

You probably think – ‘poor novelist; she’s only selling books now and then.’ 

Right now that’s true. Even one sale is exciting. I like to imagine the reader – someone I know or perhaps someone who will come to know me a little bit in the pages of my novels.

METAL MAN WALKING sold as a paperback – more power to the book in hand! – on Tuesday. Thanks reader(s)! Enjoy. 

And, don’t forget to write a review!