No, I'm not pregnant, and no celebrity dropped out of the sky to tell me that all of my troubles are over. So if you were hoping for something epic to follow this introduction, I'm sorry. Insert disappointment here.
So now that we've lowered our expectations for this tale, this is where it all began:
...then one of the creators of the text contacted me...
*insert expletive here*
After the previous encounter with an author I didn't rate well, I was ready to enter a battle-zone. But then this happened:
I responded, not because I felt like I needed to make up for my bad review, but because I felt like maybe that too would be appreciated. I still don't love the book, but I'm all the more willing to suggest it to others who might better suit the readership than I do.
I was talking to a friend about it. Nothing extensive, just a "isn't that nice?" comment about the exchange. And without thinking too much on it, I added, "I would totally do that, just show a small sign of appreciation to anyone who even bothered to give my work a try." But I hadn't. Not that I have a posse of raving fans. I have sold about 60 books total, and few care to review or rate. Even my giveaway readers showed very little sign of life once the books were sent out. I discovered, due to some glitch, that all rating details about my book Freakhouse are off. Apparently I have -1 reviews, which makes no sense if I can see at least 1 review on it. Anyways, one of my giveaways did get read, and it did get rated. It's been over a month, and I never got a notice about it, but I did see it. I decided to pull a Robert Deas. I just said "thank you". I was nervous about it, wondering if it bordered on creepy, as, quite frankly, I often talk myself out of initiating contact with anyone just out of the concern of being bothersome or intrusive (in case you're wondering why I don't call). But I'm glad I did it. Apparently I'm not the only one who was glad of it either:
To Sara: I already thanked you for reading my work, but thank you for showing me that a small act of appreciation is always welcome.
I will do my best to keep this going. It feels like the right thing to do.