Well, hello there.
So, about ten days ago, my publisher advised me there had been some 37,000 free downloads of HEALER’S TOUCH. Now, this is where I have to remind myself that these are downloads that would not have happened had it not been free… because, well, I still have a student loan sitting there… looking at me… and I’m looking at it… yeah. Maybe next time.
Anyway, that was a highly successful promotion we had there… and we didn’t expect it. I guess it just goes to show what a decent cover, blurb and the few kind reviews I already had can do…
Over the course of the month, I’ve gone from having just 22 reviews on Amazon US to over 90. That’s amazing. 22 in a year… another 70 in a month. Goodreads has seen a jump, and I even got my first review on Smashwords. B&N also got some action.
It has been an amazing time for me.
I’ve gone from cringing when I thought about HEALER’S TOUCH (and a determination to make WARRIOR’S TOUCH not cringe-worthy) to being able to flip open HT and think “Hey, that’s not half bad”).
I’ve had reviews and comments left on my blog, Facebook Page, or emailed directly to me, telling me how much enjoyment people got from reading my book (that’s the BEST!).
I’ve had people declare it a cleverly written novel. I’ve also had it labelled “pretty dumb”.
I’ve had people like it, but be disappointed because I left too many untied ends. I’ve had someone like it well enough (giving 4 stars), but declare a refusal to buy the next one unless it was priced free, or maybe 99c. That stung (worse than the 1 & 2 stars… worse than the “pretty dumb”).
And there have been people disliking it. That happens.
Fact is… I have learned to see the good about it. That’s been huge for me.
It means that while I plan for WT to be better, it doesn’t have to prove anything. HT already did that. All WT has to prove it that I’m still here and I plan to keep learning.
So, a great deal has changed in the last month (along with my keyboard’s decision to start having issues with the letter ‘o’, apparently).
My son stopped having afternoon sleeps just as our free promo began.
Within days, I had people asking after WARRIOR’S TOUCH… ooooh boy. I love it, and I fear it.
No, I love it. It’s wonderful to have found an audience.
I’ll tell you a little about WT…
I had planned to complete it last August, but I struck trouble. I was trying to stick to my outline, and I had been pushing forward with it, even though my gut (and my characters) had been telling me it was the wrong path… It took me a long time to be convinced, and a little bit longer to figure out the alternative (kill someone, ah ha ha ha!). Finally, I “deleted” (vaulted) 50,000 words… Yeah. It is a lot.
I pushed on.
But there was still an issue from earlier in the book. Part of me thought I could tweak it later. Another part knew it would take more than that. I finally gave in to the latter… and then I realised I really needed to go right back to the beginning…
Now, this didn’t mean absolutely starting from scratch with no words. I still had words I could use. I just needed to re-write some opening chapters… and finally, finally, make a decision on the
So, now I’m streamlining. I fixed the beginning. I’m still confident many of the events in the middle will stay, it’s just a matter of making sure things reflect the new events that have gone before. Believe me, it gets tricky trying to remember what was part of the old timetable and what is part of the new… But that’s what a final pass for consistency is for!
And that ending… I have seen it (yes… I have). I have decent notes. I’m looking forward to it.
So, now my son attends extra hours at kindy so that I have booked-in writing time every week day (and most weekends, if my husband is available). And most nights, I get a few more words down, or edited… either way, it’s progress.
I need to be adding about 2000 per day to the current draft. Ouchies.
So, eager folks… stick with me. It’s coming!