The Unintentional Sadness of Google Alerts

At this point, my Google alerts are all just pointing me to illegal torrents of the Trent novels, not reviews or mentions. It’s kind of depressing. Had those novels sold better, there would have been a third volume. Instead, the series is essentially dead in the water. I can’t blame illegal downloads for the poor sales, I can’t blame anything other than the fact that the story just didn’t resonate with enough readers, but it still stings a little.

Not that there won’t be a third Trent book someday, likely self-published — the trilogy needs to be finished — but it’s not my immediate priority. My immediate priority is to get more novels out there. New novels.

And the Winner Is…

The Goodreads giveaway for a free, signed copy of Die and Stay Dead ended yesterday, and the lucky winner is:

Angela S. of Williamstown, New Jersey!

Congratulations, Angela! The book will be on its way to you shortly.

As for the rest of you, including the nearly 500 people who entered the giveaway, Die and Stay Dead is also available from Amazon or your favorite bookseller. (And while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out the first book in the series, Dying Is My Business!)

Last Chance!

Today is the last day you can enter to win a free, signed copy of Die and Stay Dead. What are you waiting for? Enter the Goodreads giveaway while you still can!

Caring for Your Authors

I received a nice email today from a reader who loved Die and Stay Dead. She called it “fucking AMAZING” and wrote, “This is not my typical read, but I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it and how much I could not put it down.” She even called it “beautifully written,” which is always nice to hear!

And “nice to hear” is exactly the point I want to make. We authors rarely get feedback from readers, so it’s always a treat to hear from someone who likes our work. Sure, good reviews are great, but critical acclaim doesn’t always translate into sales or reader attention. (Trust me, I know this from experience!) Hearing from readers who have actually taken the time to seek out, purchase, and read your book reminds us why we’re doing this in the first place: to tell stories that we hope others will enjoy.

More than that, though, hearing from readers is a lifeline of sorts. Authors work in solitude most of the time — it’s why you’ll find so many of us hanging out on Twitter; it’s our version of the workplace water cooler — and every nice note we get from readers reminds us we’re not alone. It lets us know that we’re not wasting our time, that there are people out there who appreciate our work. It recharges our creative batteries when they’re low, and reinvigorates us when we’re in our “why bother?” moods, which for writers come remarkably often.

So please, if you love a book, take a moment to let the author know. Online reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are extremely helpful and appreciated — we love those, too — but nothing beats a personal email. Seriously, nothing. Don’t trick yourself into thinking you’re just bothering us or that we don’t want to hear from you. You’re not, and we do. It’ll only take a few minutes out of your day, but I promise you it’ll make the author’s day.

Why not try it right now?

 

 

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