Friday, January 21, 2022

Writing: Waiting For Reviews

 It's a typical part of every story involving "show business"--the hero or heroine awaits what the critics have to say about the new show. They stay up late or get up early to read what the critics have to say about their production or performance. And, of course, it is usually a great triumph, leading to a "boffo" hit or a "star" on the dressing room door. Do authors go through this? I can't speak for all authors, but to some extent I suspect that we all do. But there's less tendency to await the "reviews" for later books. This is certainly the case with me.

I turned loose a novella into the world this week--January 18, if you're counting--but I didn't get all giddy about the first review that was posted. I was glad that my words had made the reader happy, but I didn't do cartwheels. Actually, I was probably at work on the next book. If you've put together enough words to make a book, congratulations. If it turns out to be a best-seller, wonderful. But please, please, please don't stop there. The first book by Harper Lee was the best-seller, To Kill A Mockingbird. We didn't hear from her until her second manuscript was uncovered, and I'll bet you don't know the name of it. 

If you go into writing, realize that there's more to it than putting words on a page. There are interviews and blog posts to keep your name before the public and tell about your book. Keep on keeping on, and I'll look for your name in the bookstore.

Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know.


Priscilla Bettis said...

I do agree, but I also like the advice I heard on The Kill Zone blog: The current book sells your next book. I took that to mean if readers find one of your books and likes it, then they are likely to go buy another of your books.

Richard Mabry said...

I've heard that advice, too, and it makes sense--the best advertising is word-of-mouth.

Patricia Bradley said...

Loved the book...must get over there and review it!!! I always mean to do that first thing when I finish a book, but it's usually anywhere from eleven to midnight when I finish and by the morning it slips my mind. :-)

Writing the next book is hard when there's so much promotion the author has to do now. But your next book being available before the reader forgets the one they're reading is so important!

Richard Mabry said...

That "tease" at the end was to encourage me to write the next book--but, as you pointed out, there are lots of things an author must do besides write.