To all of the people who have downloaded my free reads (and reviewed them, positively or not!) – thank you. It’s so interesting to see what people think. I’ve only previously had that feedback from fan fiction, so it’s great to have that same communication from original fiction readers (if on a lesser scale – fangirls are much more rabid with their fanfic love!).
At the time of writing, Lipstick is at 4.50/5 from 2 reviews, and Cursed and Compelled is on 3.43/5 from 7 reviews. Happily, the latter has two 5-star and two 4-star reviews, so I’m not going to spiral into a total pit of depression from the 1-star, 2-star and 3-star that make up the rest.
Getting the comments is kind of like playing a videogame. Get a good one – yay! Mental Xbox achievement points! Get a bad one – ouch… mistimed that jump, fell into a ravine, let’s reload and try again. I’m not going to bother editing Cursed and Compelled, but I can definitely see the points of my detractors, and now I know what not to write.
It’s kind of addictive seeing how many people have downloaded the freebies. I’m like, ‘Oooh, five hundred? Sweet!’ Once I get to a thousand, I might treat myself to some form of cake. *grin*
And having self-published freebies, I think I can understand the self-publishing bug a little more than I used to. It’s nice to have my own schedule – I’m so impatient that waiting on publishers makes me aaaaargh. See previous posts for details.
But any stuff I write that’s over a couple of thousand words will be sent off to publishers-who-are-not-me. I prefer having the ego boost of knowing that someone else has chosen to publish me… and I freely admit to the ‘ego’ part.