Thank you for reading my first novel, Virtual Heaven. In 2006, a need to write consumed me. Three days later, I told my loved ones I needed a break, discarded my cellphone, moved into a dilapidated trailer, and spent six months writing in near seclusion.
Once done, I remember thinking I’d be offered a million dollars. I wasn’t ready to settle for anything less than seven. I’m still waiting.
I paid to have the manuscript reviewed and consider it money well spent. I asked the editor for a step by step recommendation. I’ve shared her step one advice often. She said, “take five years and learn how to write.”
Her straightforwardness stung, but I was, like, “Okay, I’ll do that.” Groups, books, study, writing a few hours a week, all in secrecy. Five years later, I felt confident my writing wouldn’t insult readers, but still waited. Two more years maxed out my ability to learn on my own and I sought help. Two years after that (Dec 1st 2017), I have the confidence to publish.
Virtual Heaven is important to me, even though I worry flaws mar its DNA. I've spent between 4,000-6,000 hours on this novel. That process left me jaded and nervous and hopeful the story works and entertains and gives a reader enough faith to form a link with me, give my second novel a chance.
I do love that third act. It's like a snowball rolling down a mountain, gathering power, shaking loose an avalanche of interest that culminates in an ending I enjoy very much.
I released Virtual Heaven for free hoping to win over fans. If it worked on you; or if you feel Virtual Heaven has any merit, perhaps you would show me support by visiting Amazon, leaving me a review, and if you think the Virtual Heaven merits the action, purchase the novel for $2.99.
Positive reviews comfort and encourage new readers. The purchase, beyond funding more work, is to kick start Amazon’s analytics system.
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Until next time.