On validation.

So, I’ve been struggling (obviously) with the release of the Queen and last night figured out why I don’t feel 100% settled with the book.  Thus far, my lovely friends and family have been the reviewers and certainly, they have been generous in their comments (thank you, fam).  With both Joe and 702, I’ve had a fair number of reviews (both good and bad) from unrelated people who simply read my books.  It’s not that I value the opinions of my friends and family any less (or that I could do this without their support) it’s just I’ve been waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop for some time.

Basically, I want a stranger to read my book and give an honest opinion.  I’ve been waiting nearly a month and it hasn’t happened yet.  Yes, I know I should stand proudly by what I’ve produced, but I would love to know if the book resonates with anyone.  After all, I wrote the Queen, like all my novels, to be read and enjoyed.  So, call it validation or whatever you like, but I think it’s what is stopping me from moving on to a larger marketing push, etc.

If you need me, I’ll be obsessively refreshing the Amazon page to my book…

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Holding at 1.

So, by the numbers, here’s roughly what I did yesterday:

  • Pin book details on personal book related Pinterest board (Nook)
  • Contact 5+ industry related websites/blogs for potential book review
  • Contact personal / professional reference for book review

Results?

  • Book is live on Nook
  • Book is live on iTunes
  • Alma mater is going to list the novel on Alumni Authors board on Pinterest and include in summer reading newsletter
  • Additional industry person who runs blog I am a big fan of requested book, sent!

More pieces of advice/lessons learned:

  • Have a press release ready!  (Website, naturally requested one which I am working on fast and furiously)
  • As always, have more patience.

Random:

  • My other books have seen an uptick recently – related or unrelated?