Just recently I actually got a bit of feedback from people interested in Murder at the End of the World. Nothing major just a bit of enthusiasm at being able to read my book. Even so, it felt great, really great. People actually seemed excited about reading my book! Can you believe that? It’s hard to describe just how it feels to hear that from people, it’s almost like…validation? Feels like maybe I didn’t just waste all that time I spent writing. Of course, if my book’s not that great, then all that excitement is sure to fade a bit, but I’ve got hope. If someone derives enjoyment from my story, then…you know…that’s what it’s all about, right? If someone out there enjoys my book then good, bad, or somewhere in between, it doesn’t matter. I succeeded.
So, don’t be afraid to tell someone you love their books! Don’t be afraid to tell someone you hate their books! Writers feed off that feedback and get better, it’s what keeps us alive. It’s that little jolt of caffeine in the morning that wakes us up just enough to get going, it’s that kick to the backside that keep us from slacking off when things are slow. Well, maybe I shouldn’t be speaking for all the other writers out there, but I’ve come to realize that feedback is the very thing I need to keep writing day in and day out. Sure, a million dollars would be nice, but what if everyone still ignored my books? I’d much rather open up my email and see a few fan letters sitting there waiting to be read.