One of my favourite things about writing and publishing a book is seeing where it ends up. I’ve seen the book in bookstores and libraries, I know that there are people reading my book on three continents, and several countries from Goodreads and from people sending me pictures.
Last week I asked for people to send me pictures with the book, and here are a few that I received (and a couple of my own.) It is neat to think that people are reading my book in Comox, Digby, Texas, Austria, Massachusetts, Edmonton, and of course a lot in my hometown, Calgary. It is also really cool that to have friends supporting my efforts. I really appreciate you all!
A lot of friends have been updating me while they read the book and have talked about parts they have read. It is a little like being in a book club. It is really fun to hear what people are thinking, especially when they are digging into the satire or some of the foundational ideas. Keep the commentary coming, I love to hear it! If people wish to send more pictures, I’ll include them in future posts here.
Reviews and Interviews
I’m working hard to get my book in front of reviewers and my target audience. It is a crowded market, but I’m seeing some progress here. I got my first formal review from readerviews.com and an interview from them as well. The first interview that I did was a while ago at IndiePublishingGroup I’m also expecting a few more reviews out of this, but it may take a while.
Additionally, On Swift Wings has been nominated for several awards: readerviews and indiereader in best debut, Western Canadian, literary fiction, and fantasy categories. At the very least, this will likely result in a few more reviews and maybe some killer publicity, who knows?
As for the second book, working title: Immortals, I scratched out all of the work I had done before because I didn’t like the voice and style and rewrote the first chapter and started the second. It brings a whole different challenge for me, but I’m enjoying the process with a little more experience under my belt this time.
Thanks to everybody for reading, may your world always grow!
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Nice to see the collage of readers. When I’m done I should borrow it from the library to see the physical book. On a side note you might want to gift the library an e-reader copy for people to borrow.
Glad to read about the start of book 2. I believe you mentioned this was going to be a sequel? From the title I take it this might be further adventures on the island of the struhldbrugs? Or are you going to explore the idea of immortality in a different tale?
All the best with getting your voice right. As I mentioned in an earlier comment and from your own admission you were trying to copy Swift’s style with this book. You did well with that as I stated your book came across as though it were a 1700s novel. Though personally I would like to see your own voice shine through more without the need to be filtered through the tribute to another author.