Between the books you bought and what I gave away, somewhere around five hundred of you have read Soul Identity. A big THANK YOU to all of you, and please tell your friends about it!
The end of the year is rushing at us. I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the writing lessons I’ve learned this year:
- Writing is easier than it looks, and it’s lots of fun to live in the dreamworld of the first draft.
- But writing is just the tip of the iceberg: revising, rewriting, and editing make up the bulk of time spent on a book.
- Procrastinating on research drastically increases the time spent refactoring a story.
- Writers have to be sensitive enough to create ficticious worlds, but hardened enough to handle real-life criticism.
- Amazon’s Kindle just may work. I want to figure out how to sell better in an electronic world.
- Lousy and well-promoted outsells great and obscure. Here’s to the end of obscurity!
I published Soul Identity in July, and immediately started writing Soul Intent. I also had a lot of fun on the Amazon Discussions, and ended up reading over 30 self-published books this year (check out my Amazon Listmania to see which ones), and that taught me a lot about what works and what doesn’t.
Happy new year, everyone! And if you haven’t read Soul Identity yet, may I humbly suggest that you put it on your new year’s resolutions?