Well dear reader, a week has gone by since Riddle in Stone was released and, boy, what a week it has been!!!
I’ve been elated by good reviews and devastated by “bad” ones and afraid of what was to come. But, overall, I have to say that it’s been a good week.
The book is selling fairly well (not flying off the shelves by any means, but the numbers are apparently good enough for the publisher) and I’ve gotten more positive reviews that bad ones. Which is wonderful!
It surprises me that some of you actually like my little story. I honestly didn’t know if any of you would. After so many rejections from publishers and so forth, I just figured it sucked. But maybe there is something there that is worthwhile.
Perhaps the most important thing that has come out of this week is that I’m starting to feel comfortable with the idea that I won’t please everybody.
At first, it was very difficult for me to reconcile some of the comments reviewers made about the book. Some people hated Edmund’s stutter and found it distracting, others thought it made him unique and endearing. Some people told me to get rid of the inner dialogue. Some people told me that they liked it. For somebody who wants to know EXACTLY what to do, it’s enough to make me want to pull out my hair!!
TELL ME WHAT TO DO AND I’LL DO IT!
This attitude makes me a good husband (hopefully), but it hurts my development as a writer. Evidently, there is no right way. There are bad ways to be sure and I need to learn what those ways are. But I can’t please everybody. I have to do what I think is best. I have to use my best judgment.
GOD HELP US ALL!
Right now—at this very second—I’m actually kind of content. I accomplished a lifelong goal. A publisher published one of my stories and a handful of you appear to like it! What’s not to feel good about?
I know that I’ll get more bad reviews. And I suspect that, in the end, there will be just as many bad as good.
But, RIGHT NOW, that’s okay. I wrote my first book and that makes me smileJ
HOWEVER, knowing myself the way that I do, I am quite sure that as soon as I look on Amazon.com and find that people hate the book, my feelings will change.
As my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Roush, said: ROBBIE IS A VERY EMOTIONAL BOY!!!
But as a depressive, I need to focus on the good days. And today is a good day.
Once again, I want to thank you all for your support and encouragement. You’ve been incredible. Seriously! I love my wife and family. But when they say, “The book is good!” I don’t believe them. Hearing the positive comments that some of you have made about Riddle in Stone gives me some confidence that maybe I have something to offer readers.
So thank you all! Thank you all very much!
Somebody has asked me to talk about how Riddle in Stone has changed since its first draft. I think that’ll be my next topic. So, until then…thanks for stopping by!