My novel, HOUSEBROKEN, reached a new pinnacle today by hitting its 200th rating on the popular book site, GoodReads. Considering how few people actually take the time to rate a book they’ve read, it’s an exciting moment.
Key moments are what keep us going. Hearing of a new positive review from someone you’ve never met. Having a break-through on a current work-in-progress. Receiving a note or short email from a new fan. Discovering a new idea for a story, one that demands to be explored.
These are the moments we authors live for. They don’t come often, but when they do, they fill our canteens with that life-sustaining force that may see us through the next few months of desert crossing.
So join me as I celebrate a small achievement, and do an author a favor — leave a review for a book you’ve recently read. It may just be the key moment he or she needs to keep going in this mercilessly brutal (yet highly rewarding) quest.