IWSG monthly post
Sometimes writing is a really lonely business - the market is fierce and it takes a lots paddling to keep the head above the water - staying visible in the sea of all the books published each year. The Amazon algorithms forget your book in a few days unless they somehow go viral in social media. And pirates abound - either stealing the book and giving it away for free, stealing the author's income - or spreading viruses when a wannabe reader clicks the link they have thinking they will get the book for free (which they didn't have in the first place).
But being a writer means there is this passion for writing - and that's why I keep on writing. Maybe one day I'll write that bestseller :)
Still, occasionally, my readers reach out to me and often that happens the very moment I feel there is no point in writing (yes, well, those moments don't come often, and the next day I am back to the old keyboard).
One of my first surprises came from a blogger when I published my very first book The Nephilim Quest 1 / Shadowhunter. She wrote a glowing recommendation, saying she had never read the like (in a good way). I almost had tears in my eyes. It was about 500 pages after all and took a lot of work to write - as it moves in three levels in time. Research for the ancient Egyptian part took a while.
And one day I got a very sour message from a reader to my email. Saying it would be polite to answer emails. I was baffled - I had never even heard of her. I searched with her email address from my files - nothing. And then I thought to look at the spam-folder. Yep. There it was. Had to apologise both for my over-eager spam filter and for myself for not having checked the spam folder for a while. To my surprise she turned out to be a fan and even sent me a box of cookies. (Now I would not normally eat anything sent to me by a stranger, but we weren't strangers at that point, so I indulged myself. Yummy!)
I have a Facebook page where it is easy to say hi - so if you are my reader, go check it out.
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