|Is this adoring audience for me or Jay-Z? That's okay, you don't have to answer...|
I have long bemoaned the lack of personal attention people receive in this industry, with its quick form rejections (if you're lucky enough to even GET a rejection these days; the new paradigm seems to be more along the lines of, "if you don't hear back in a few months, it means no") and authors who are often too busy to answer fan mail.
No, I'm not demonizing them. Not at all. I understand the workloads some people are under. I know many of them regret not being able to connect personally with fans or prospective clients. In the name of remaining productive, sometimes it's just impossible. But I'm going to try anyway, for as long as I can. I believe, especially when starting out, that when you're sowing the seeds of future fandom and good will, it's a good idea to keep your head down and give thanks to anyone who is willing to give you a chance, even if they are just downloading a free story you wrote.
|Currently #2 short story on Kindle!|
Thanks to you.
I can only use conjecture here, but since I've started thanking people on Amazon, I've seen about a two-fold increase (or greater in some cases) on my paid work. When I've mentioned to them that an alternate ending for ARIA exists in my collection DEAD WIVES TALES, I've seen corresponding sales of that collection. One reviewer seemed touched by my thanks, which tells me he or she probably isn't accustomed to hearing from a writer when they post a review. Later on, that person downloaded Scotch Broom and also posted an excellent review. I do not know who this person is, but my hope is I've gained a fan who will stick with me down the road. And who knows, maybe that one person will mention my work to a friend or two, and those friends will mention my work. And so on and so forth.
So I'm going to do this for as long as I can. If a massive floodgate opens on my work and reviews start pouring in by the dozens (a girl can dream, can't she?), it might be harder to do. I might have to limit my time to once a week. Maybe once a month. I might have to come up with another plan altogether to touch base personally with my readers so they know that yes, I'm listening. And I'm very, very grateful that they've given me a chance. Even if they think I suck.