My two closest companions and some great news.

It’s no secret that disappointment and discouragement are constant and close companions of the writer.

img_0107One of my greatest discouragements has been receiving so few reviews in relation to how many copies of The Visitor have been downloaded. I’ve worked tirelessly trying to get reviews for my time travel tale, including offering numerous free download days. The results? The Visitor has been downloaded hundreds of times over the past year but has only received 42 reviews.

The most recent example was this past Saturday when The Visitor was available all day for free. 229 copies were downloaded, yet to date, I’ve only received one new review.

I am truly grateful for each and every one of the reviews I’ve received over the past year, I’ve just found that it’s taken an inordinate amount of time to obtain that many reviews . . . time that could have been spent writing.

However, it was during this epiphany of disappointment that I was blessed with great news: This past weekend, The Visitor reached number 1 and number 2 in the following two categories:

Thank you to all those who helped propel The Visitor to those coveted spots on Amazon’s ranking.

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4 thoughts on “My two closest companions and some great news.

  1. I feel your pain. I offered my novel SIGIL for free last month for 5 days. It had 4,000 downloads on Amazon. Still very early days I know, but only 1 review has filtered through so far. Congrats on hitting top of the charts!

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  2. Be disappointed and discouraged. It’s valuable. Absorb the nutrients into your experience. Own it. Words are abstractions without experience. Something I did not predict (not that I was in the prediction business) years ago was emergence of the internet. There were 3 major television channels and no remote control. There was a monopoly on thought considered worthy of transmission by government/corporate power structures to the U.S. masses. Now those channels have largely been bypassed. Certainly governing power structures have permitted that. I perceive those benefits to be government surveillance and an emotional/intellectual cathartic outlet for the masses,without which most would be constipated.

    There is no such thing as a private thought expressed on the internet. On it’s potential for future humanity, since everyone knows their thoughts are public, they will conform and harness their behavior over time. Even criminals will eventually know there is a camera everywhere. A primary unstated goal of government is to prevent anarchy. This is a good thing I think, when the alternative is Thomas Hobbes Leviathan. The bad thing is what we imagine in fiction constantly as a dark theme: an emerging future dystopia.

    Now everybody is free to rant on the internet. Applications exist to enable ranting, and knowledge sharing and writing. Now there’s a proliferation of new authors (thanks to companies like Amazon, etc.). With the massive inflows of authors and content, a lot of subject matter has to be redundant, and no one can pay attention to it all. It’s noise that has to be filtered out. Oh and its free. It has to be free to get people’s initial attention. And young people work for free as interns because the middle class has been outsourced. There’s good and bad with free. Your book subject matter is embedded in the head of humanity, that is, … time travel and warnings from the future to change actions and behaviors that will change outcomes that have already happened.

    I recently stumbled onto a word for it: retrocausality.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retrocausality

    You’ll probably never make money trying to sell this particular book. I think you may already intuitively know that, and that there are ideas more important than money where this subject matter is concerned. And therein lies (ahem … truth) the greater value in what you are doing.

    Thanks again for your posts.

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  3. Thanks for the words of encouragement, Quinn, as well as the introduction to the word Retrocausality. 🙂

    I think the crux of my discouragement is not that the topic of the story won’t be popular to a populace of Statists satisfied with a diet of government approved propaganda and not willing to entertain the idea of deep thought or self-reflection. No, the discouragement comes from those who read it but don’t leave a review.

    I value all reviews, even if they are critical. It’s the stick by which I measure my progress and impact as a writer. This is just one more aspect of writing that I’ve come to understand: not even half of those who read a story are going to leave a review. That’s just the way it is.

    Writers (like restaurants) live and die by reviews. If readers understood the value their reviews have, perhaps more of them would take the time to leave a review.

    Aside from that, the writing adventure continues, and it continues to be amazing.

    Thanks again for commenting.

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