I was working on my Christmas book ad and quit. Yeah, it happens like that sometimes, but now as I'm writing this blog, I thought of something funny to put in it. Sometimes, I think you have to say fuck it, and go wash dishes or make a really questionable breakfast of chile sauce and flour tortillas (with coffee). I was too downtrodden to make eggs. Bah humbug.
I think the real issue is that I get so bummed out when I see no reviews and sales flat line (though I did sell eight last weekend, in real time). Then there is the question of freebies and no reviews.
I was counting the downloads from my November givewaway, and there were over 40, but no book reviews. Why aren't people reviewing my book? Are they busy? Have a long reading list? Will they read it this holiday season? Do they think my books suck? I suspect that most people who download my books are hustling to sell their own books and asking the same questions.
I know friends who are like, "I don't like zombie books, but I bought yours." Which probably translates to, I didn't read it. I had one friend tell me recently, "I read your book, and you are a very talented writer, but I just can't suspend my beliefs when it comes to zombies." He can't understand how they function when there is no blood flow to the brain. (You're not supposed to!) Could you put that positive shit into a review? Nah.
And after all that blah blah, I always come to the same conclusion. Just fucking write and love it. Put all you've got into it, and then, send it to the two really great beta readers you have for support. Yeah, stocking gift coming your way.
Bah Humbug Doubts and Writing Blues. #barrioblues
Dr. Jesú Estrada,