So, I just looked at my sales for the first of this year. Last year was good; 2021 looks like it might even be better.
When you realize how many different authors are out there, I am humbled by the purchases.
Before I go much further, allow me to thank you!
Currently, I have no campaigns going. The news has ‘befuddled’ the creative side of my brain. I see the remarks on social media, and it hurts. So much of what we hear and read is for some political agenda.
In their angst, and the media’s craving for ratings, they have not only injured the creative side of many people’s brains, but they have hurt the people who they claim to serve. To regain some sense of normalcy, I find that it helps if I leave my phone somewhere away from me. The phone is constantly blaring news feeds from CNN or some other site, all with some tease. I don’t need or want the distractions.
The burdens of the pandemic, friends that have passed, and the unknown all play a part in how we deal as a nation and as a people. The vitriol and animus from the media and the elite class is revolting.
How do we survive the virus and, oh yes, the pandemic? The virus being politicians.
I escape through my novels and others that I read. To be a good writer you must read a lot. Even the books you think are terrible, read them. As you read them before you throw them at the wall, ask yourself why they are so terrible.
In that way, you can make your writing better. I champion self-awareness, even in my slightly naughty novels. It is imperative that you know why you like or hate something.
One thing you might try if you too are like I am, go back and read something you wrote when all was well. I look at the titles that people are buying and remember the stories with fondness—some of those stories I might revisit at some future date.
I find that when I read them, invariably I think of new ways to make it better. I also enjoy what I write, so it is a win win.
Writing is much like any other activity. Suppose you play a musical instrument or even video games that require some amount of talent. It will come back to you. I don’t really want to call it muscle memory but, it kind of is.
As to the people buying my work. Thanks again. If you like it, please leave a review for me.
Reviews are essential, and few leave them.
Here is the kicker, if there is something you didn’t like, contact me via my website at www.authortwscott.com. Go to the contact page and tell me where I missed something. Many of you have taken advantage of that portal, and I appreciate it.
Feedback makes us all better writers. Since I am now president of a writer’s group, I have many beta readers, which helps. I love giving back to the community and friends; that is what we are.
Whether I know you personally or though this site, we have that in common.
For now, I am off to another world where the news of the day will be a distant memory.
It is rather funny when you think about it, I dream about my characters. In many of those dreams I am those characters.
Yes, I lived through the sixties.
Take advantage of every moment you are alive. Make your mark in history, (in a good way). I choose to do so through my art and my novels.
Much Love -TW