Okay, so I thought I had researched the title of book two of the Mare Tranquillitatis Series, The Phoenix Egg, but obviously I didn’t – at least not well enough. Early-onset Alzheimer’s maybe… Anyway, there are currently several other books already out there by that name.
Actually, I’m glad about this because as the second book takes shape and the inspiration for the third is coming into focus, a modification to the title will bring it more in line with the theme of the series. So… The Phoenix Egg will now become Hatching the Phoenix Egg. As readers get into the series, this will make more sense.
Based on reader feedback (see my post Writing, and the Need for Reviews), I’m trying to get the second book out ahead of schedule so it clears up some of the questions people have about the ending of Lost Coast Rocket. If you want to be notified by email as soon as Hatching the Phoenix Egg is published, just sign up below.
Being an independent author is different from the old days of traditional publishing. I, as the author, have the ability to make corrections and even reasonable modification to my published books. This pretty much was something that never happened in the old world of publishing. Now the reader and author have the ability to interact and actually improve a book. Case in point, Andy Weir, the author of the Martian, originally published the novel on his blog, one section at a time. He received a lot of valuable feedback that he says improved the book.
In the modern self-published world, the readers themselves can do what is the job of an editor at the big publishing firms. I know for me as an author, I would be more likely to take the advice of a reader that had a solid background in the section of my book that he is critiquing. Say I am writing a scene about falling a large tree. Would I be more likely to take the advice of an editor who spent his career in a high rise in NY or the burly timber faller with forty years of experience falling timber? If I write a scene with dialog between a number of teenaged girls, am I going to take the advice of teenaged girl readers telling me “We don’t talk like that!” or the nearly retirement age guy in the high rise? The answers are pretty easy for me.
Yes, there are some down sides to it. That editor who spent his career studying books and selling books in a high rise in NY is a subject matter expert on what sells and can offer a lot of good advice in that area. However, he might be able to pick out good-selling books but he may pass ten really good manuscripts to every one he accepts. His job can be on the line if he makes too many mistakes, so he is going to play it safe.
No, a good author is not going to try to take and incorporate every suggestion readers make. All you have to do is look at online forums to see that for every question, there are almost always answers 180-degrees opposed to each other. You, as the questioner, have to have a fairly good understanding of your subject to weed out the advice that doesn’t fit your situation.
For various reasons, I do not post excerpts from my books beforehand, but I do use reader reviews.
So the plea of this post is please take the time to do reviews if you read my books. Hopefully, this way, I can put out better and more enjoyable work for all readers.
Click here to review Lost Coast Rocket.
Click here to review Impossible Beyond This Point.
I’m running another Lost Coast Rocket giveaway on Amazon. This time, however, I’ve given entrants better odds of winning! So for a chance to win one of three digital copies, just click here to enter.
This contest runs two weeks:
July 26-August 10, 2016
Note: You can still enter even if you entered my previous giveaway.
I’m giving away four (4) signed paperback copies on Goodreads in a contest that runs July 20 – August 19. So between those dates, scroll down and enter – you just may be one of the lucky winners!
Enter for a chance to win a copy of my new novel, Lost Coast Rocket. I’m giving away four (4) digital copies through Amazon Giveaways, so click the link below to head on over there and check it out! All you have to do to enter is follow me on Amazon, which gives you the added advantage of being notified when I publish future books.
Click here to enter my Lost Coast Rocket giveaway.
Joel Horn, Author
I have my new author page up now! My old page was specific to my first book, Impossible Beyond This Point, so it’s time to create an author website.
My second book and first novel, Lost Coast Rocket, is now available on Amazon!