I'm home. I'm jetlag. I'm missing my baby grandson.
But this post isn't about Blake or me. It's about my novels. If you haven't read Susan Kieman Lewis' January 28th blog, please do. (Thanks Pat Brown for passing it along) Then explain to me what Susan thinks the alternative is.
It's not that I don't agreed with much of what she says, but I found her solutions weak. As authors, what else can we do to sell our novels that doesn't require tons of hard work, exhausting hours, little pay? To be told that everything I'm doing is a waste of time, makes me feel even more exhausted.
Susan doesn't believe Twitter, Facebook, or any of the other networking services sell novels. She says it's not about making friends and letting your readers know who you are and what you believe, it's about the novels. I'd tell you what else she says, but you might as well read it for yourself. Then maybe help me understand what the alternative is. I can't see myself begging reviewers to post reviews.
If she's right and no matter how terrific you think I am, you're not going to buy my books if thrillers aren't your thing, I get that. But what about those readers who do? How can I convince them that buying a copy of Dead Witness or Broken but not Dead is worth their time and money?
While I'm figuring that out, let me know what you think of Susan's post.