This is not one of my funny blogs.
This is me being heartfelt.
On New Year’s Eve, I received two messages, one via Facebook messaging and the other via email. Both were from readers of Saving Casey.
Because they chose to write me privately, I will respect their privacy and not use their names.
But I need to share with you some of what they said.
Here’s the first one:
Saving Casey is fantastic!! I love this book. Just to read it, I finally went out and bought a kindle. I am going to recommend it to everyone I know, and I know a lot of readers. Instead of my usual sharing though, I will encourage everyone to buy their own copy.
I can't wait to read your next book.
The second letter was from a guy who doesn’t normally read fiction.
Let me first start with a few disclaimers. I must admit that I don't have much time for reading. I explore most of my books via audio format as I am commuting to and from work. I also don't read much fiction, focusing more on non fictional biographies, science, history, or technology audiobooks.
I was on holiday and out of the office all of last week, so I picked up my iPad and started reading Saving Casey on December 26. WOW! I found myself planning to steal a half an hour here or there to read a portion of the book and an hour and a half later, I'm still reading. I couldn't put it down. I read it in time slots here and there as my scheduled allowed and finished it last night. I think it is a fantastic read!! I can't imagine anyone reading the book and not loving it! You certainly have talent and I'm looking forward to the next one. You may have converted me to a fiction reader (at least some of the time :-).
He then proceeded to write his friends about Saving Casey, which he copied me on.
I finished reading Liza O’Connor's first book, "Saving Casey" last night and it was great! I highly recommend it! It's an easy read and you'll never guess the twists and turns Liza has in store for you until she actually takes you there. She is really very talented! I tend to judge movies I see based on how predictable they are. If I can guess where the story is headed before it actually unfolds, I get bored. Not with this book!...I had no idea how the story would end until I got to the end.
I definitely think it was worth more than the $5.00 I spent in entertainment value alone, not to mention that it is a thought provoking narrative on one of the social ills with which we are dealing today in communities across America.
I'm really not trying to sell you all on anything...I just think it was a great book
On the same day I received these messages, my Amazon ranking soared north, which I attribute to these two wonderful readers encouraging their friends to read Saving Casey.
Getting noticed in today’s massive publication market is incredibly hard. (I recently read that nearly 100,000 new books come out every month.) And since I am literally a starving artist, any money I spend on marketing comes directly out of my food budget. So when readers take it on their own to read and promote my book, it really makes a huge difference in my sales, and in my future as a novelist.
Thus, words cannot express how much this means to me. However, for these two lovely people, who took the time to write me, I want to try.
Thank you both for supporting me in this difficult path. Your positive actions and words not only increase my sales, but give me the strength to push forward, believing in myself and my novels. You make me see I am not alone in this overwhelming task. I have an army of new and old friends behind me…friends who support me with retweets, guest blogs, and shout out every day.
And with such fabulous support, I believe I can push my way out of the endless sea of new authors so readers can find me.
On days like this,
I know I can succeed.
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