First off, thanks for all the reviews. Fabric now has over 110 with an average 4.2/5.0 on Amazon. That usually doesn’t happen to a nobody eBook author. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. Whenever I hit a bad writing stretch, I spend some time reading the reviews for motivation. I am truly flattered that people take time out of their day to post reviews.
Second, my ultimate goal is to write full time. I have dozens of stories (“of Man” series and more) rattling around in the clutter of my brain’s back seat, but alas, I don’t have enough time to squeeze them all out. I have two other manuscripts with 20K words invested in them that are on hold while I finish up Point of Man. Work, kids, travel, Discovery Channel, blah, blah, blah…all conspire to keep me off the keyboard. So, I have a favor to ask. Tell a friend about Point of Man, and then another friend, then your reading group, then the milkman, and then pretty much anyone you determine that can read. It is fairly evident that my writing career will begin with a grass roots campaign. With your help, I am not that far away.
Third, I had a brief flirtation with a real live agent recently. While she took a pass, it was somewhat encouraging. Perhaps there is mainstream hope for me after all. I think there is a story that Dan Brown’s first two books sold less than10K hardback copies each. Then, there was that one he wrote about Da Vinci that sold a couple of copies.
Fourth, OK, time for us to have an honest discussion. I hate to admit it, but by my estimate, I am three months behind on Point of Man. I was hoping to have the first draft done by August. That isn’t going to happen (see post #2 for my lame excuses). Even my editor yelled at me last week. Sorry. The story and plots are going great, it just takes time. I got a great analogy awhile back from a very successful best-selling author. Writing a great manuscript is like making a sword. The metal has to be folded, reforged, and hammered over and over to get all the impurities out. Then, once the metal is perfect, the sword has to be sharpened, over and over and over. It is a long process. I am still folding metal, but I am not far from the sharpening stage. So, I just grabbed my hammer and am back to the forge…
Again, thanks to everyone for your support. I can’t do it without you,