A STORY WHICH WILL MAKE YOU THINK AND FEEL.
Entertainment which will fill a large number of hours.
My best writing.
Not to stop until the story is exactly what I want it to be.
Because there won’t be that many from me – I am too slow.
What do other authors promise you?
Aside from their books, other authors seem to be promising more and more these days:
Their presence in person at a conference on a panel.
Their Tik Tok or Book Tok videos.
Their FaceBook pages.
Their bookmarks and book plates and tote bags and the ability to purchase artwork of your favorite characters and cosplay costumes and…
Even their voice on your answering machine (go to Cameo and search).
I would if I could but I can’t so I won’t.
Self-published AND traditionally published authors are having to do more marketing and merchandising and promotion – to stand out in a world where everything flashes and glitters and moves.
Each new thing I can’t do bemuses me more.
I see the rationale – and I’m now farther behind in ‘doing what I should’ than I was when I started writing.
But what do you really need from your books?
To be dragged away to a same/different universe where you can live another life/lives and come back having been someone else for a long while.
You need something that will stick with you long after you close the book.
You need a story.
You need characters you care about living something that makes you want to go with them.
You want surprises, and implausibles turned into possibles, and to know that sometimes the good guys win.
You want something that will drag you back down into its depths if you are foolish enough to open it and start reading (I’ve tried to ‘study’ GWTW a number of times, to see how Margaret Mitchell does it, only to find myself immersed in the story and reading for hours again).
You want something that is uniquely your experience crafted out of the author’s half on the page, because care was given to making sure you are a participant and not an observer.
You want to find YOUR authors, the ones who do this to you.
If you’re my kind of reader – and I hope you are.
Five scenes to finish NETHERWORLD.
But they have to be perfect.
Hang in there – I’m working on it.