My novel, HOUSEBROKEN, reached a new pinnacle today by hitting its 200th rating on the popular book site, GoodReads. Considering how few people actually take the time to rate a book they’ve read, it’s an exciting moment.
The role of an author is a lonely one, and we’re often confined to a small white room with competing voices shouting in our heads. Fortunately, most of us prefer the solidarity. There are times, however, when we question what we do, why we do it, and if it’s worth the extreme sacrifices this profession, (or enslaving hobby), demands.
Key moments are what keep us going. Hearing of a new positive review from someone you’ve never met. Having a break-through on a current work-in-progress. Receiving a note or short email from a new fan. Discovering a new idea for a story, one that demands to be explored.
These are the moments we authors live for. They don’t come often, but when they do, they fill our canteens with that life-sustaining force that may see us through the next few months of desert crossing.
So join me as I celebrate a small achievement, and do an author a favor — leave a review for a book you’ve recently read. It may just be the key moment he or she needs to keep going in this mercilessly brutal (yet highly rewarding) quest.