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I love my book, and know that I have written what I would want to read. That’s not my problem. My problem is that I view myself as an unusual person, so there are still those readers to worry about--there is no way I can feel fundamentally secure in the idea that I’ve written a book anyone else in the world wants to read, beyond a few sympathetic beta readers who are generally friends and family. And so as I wait for reviews, I’m bracing to be told in a really scathing way that I’m an over-hyped simpleton who, through the charitable good nature of others, managed to pay his way to publication and publicity so that he could inflict his mediocrity upon others.

Date: 2015-03-26 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladynine.livejournal.com
Hang in there! And don't be too hard on yourself - :)

Date: 2015-03-27 12:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mr-figgy.livejournal.com
Certainly I've encountered strangers who like the idea based on the preview alone, and like quite a lot of what it sounds like I'm doing. Now it's just the hypothetical "great idea to many but not a great execution" possibility I'm concerned with. Then again a lot of that is subjective and I can't make everyone happy.

Date: 2015-03-26 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] remus shepherd (from livejournal.com)
"The Artist’s Secret is that all art comes from abnormal brains. So if you create art that satisfies your own tastes, you have created for a market of exactly one abnormal person. If you’re lucky, a handful of other freaks get some joy from your creations too. But it won’t be enough to pay your bills. It’s not a career until you learn to create products that normal people like." -- Scott Adams

You took a big step, and who knows how wide a market you'll get with it. It's early yet. But it will always take time and practice to get good enough to overcome the Artist's Secret.

(Remus Shepherd (I haven't been able to log into LiveJournal for months.))

Date: 2015-03-27 12:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mr-figgy.livejournal.com
I also feel this is a series that got more fun with each book, so it's a situation where I've done a lot of revision on this one and can just hope it cuts the mustard, because its follow-ups should be incrementally more interesting/action-oriented having got the base character and world building out of the way. I don't require a smash hit (which is good because no one can guarantee that), but like you said, hoping to take those big steps.

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