|Posted by walkersuspense on January 18, 2013 at 3:40 PM|
I have had an overwhelming response to one of my very first published short stories, Grace's Secret. The response while mostly positive, has also had its fair share of dislikes, mostly due to the length of the story. Since this is all new to me, and I'm learning as I go along, I welcome all of the comments I have been receiving, even though sometimes they sting. Hearing bad reviews will be something every good writer has to learn to deal with.
I felt I needed my blog this week to be about my response to Grace's Secret; how it came about, what I'm learning from writing and publishing it, and what I am doing to take what I've learned.
Back in late summer, 2012, I began helping someone with their books. Simply just being a beta reader. Writing had always been a passion of mine, but I never knew how to go about getting started. With encouragement and mentorship, I began writing Ink Slinger which was to be my first published novel. However, it fell short a few thousand words to be considered a full length novel and I was ok with that for my first time around at this. Many successful books are novellas.
With guidance from an amazing support team, I made the decision to publish 2 short stories before releasing Ink Slinger. I was on a deadline to get Ink Slinger out before Christmas, and I wanted my short stories to be out there well in advance. I also wanted to have my short stories free to everyone. That was also another learning curve. I found that many of the sites you self publish your ebooks on, will not allow you to list your books for free with them unless you list exclusively with them. I didn't want to list exclusivley to only one ereader device, so I went another route. Which, I found I will also go about another way for my next books as well.
I actually wrote Co-Dependent before Grace's Secret, then I quickly had the idea of Grace's Secret and I put it in writing. I felt it could have been a bigger story as all of my readers felt as well. I was in a hurry to just get something out there. Another mistake of mine, which I have learned from.
I had not anticipated that it would take off the way it has. It has been on Amazon's Top 100 Free Thriller/Suspense category list for a few weeks now, and has stayed in the Top 20, Top 10 for most of that time. I am thrilled as I was not expecting that, but there's a nagging at me that I left it unfinished. I knew writing a short story would be difficult for me, as I always seem to be the one to write too much. When I wrote it, I was relieved that I had accomplished writing a short story that I believe to be a fantastic start. But that nagging sensation never left me, and with every review that says they wished it had been longer, I feel their disappointment along with mine.
So with that, I want everyone to know that has read Grace's Secret, felt let down because of the length, wanting more, that I hear you. I'm with you! I am trying to find my place in this publishing world, and I will make mistakes along the way. Those mistakes will hopefully make me a better writer and will give YOU, my readers, what YOU want and what I want to write for YOU.
I am happy to announce that I am currently working on my first full length novel. It will be in the category of erotica/thriller. I don't want to give out any details other than if you truly liked Grace's Secret, and just wished it was longer, then you wont want to miss reading this next story. Perhaps a prequel to Grace's Secret, maybe a sequel, or a start to a series? You will have to stick around to find out.
If you like the horror type stories, like Ink Slinger and Co-Dependent, I am also working on another story for that category as well.
Thank you again for taking the time to read my stories and more importantly for helping me improve.
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