Yes, again a trip proved inspiring: I returned on Saturday from our week in France with a general story outline in my head. I have written NOTHING down yet. However, now I have a good idea what the third late-1700s to early-1800s (massive) novel could look like.
And I have to thank someone on Instagram for unexpectedly supplying me with another “Ah, ha!” moment… much as I had had with a future new character (and indeed a new plotline) for the eventual Tomorrow The Grace.
She is going to form the basis for a major character in a novel – although she will probably never know it.
I will leave it to some future “literary detective” out there perhaps to figure out who in real-life I am referring to here.
So the first was this (released in 2017), set between 1787-1795:
The second (released last October) continues the tale to 1805:
As with those two, the subsequent one will also be a free-standing tale. (Meaning it may be read all on its own.) It will also feature familiar (and now increasingly maturing) faces from the first two books, including previously younger ones who will of course no longer be as young as they had been, as well as some new ones (as noted above). Thus also the great sense of fulfilment in creating what, in a way, is now a “historical family saga” as decades pass.
So, yes, I hope there will be another volume.
I am not exactly high profile beyond my web site here and, maybe, on my Instagram. Yet I have had many more book purchasers over the years than I ever expected back on the day this blog first appeared in December 2013. Getting the word out about his/her books is vital to any new author, and some have tried Twitter:
Twitter does not help with sales. There I’ve said it. Be mean to me. #WritingCommunity—
Glenn J. Devlin (@gjdevlin) February 08, 2020
But I never really liked Twitter, and now I’m scaling back on my already limited use of it (as you may already know). Over time I suppose I made a conscious trade-off. I have avoided engaging in what I consider borderline sp*mmy behavior that I believe is a turn off to potential new readers (and it seems as that tweet above indicates, I may not be wrong) and decided to follow the “rule of me”.
That “rule of me” is if I’m annoyed by something online, I assume lots of other people will be too. So I have instead sought not to jam my books at potential readers in the manner in which I see all too often done on social media. Twitter is particularly full of that irritating approach.
Mark Schultz (@wordrefiner) February 09, 2020
Then there are “pay pitches” like those. I won’t employ those either. Why not?
After I click publish here, this new post (tagged heavily about “books,” “travel,” “writing,” “fiction,” “romance,” etc.) within a few hours will probably draw me 50-100 blog visitors – many of whom are not signed up already as followers – from all over the world. If I post, say, three to four times weekly, I draw some 300 to 500 or so visitors over seven days. Even if I don’t post anything new on a given day, most days I still attract a dozen or so visitors at least.
I don’t consider those visitor numbers to be too bad given I am doing all of this myself for free and I am not, say, a fashion model blogging glamorous stuff.
One Instagrammer recently posted this to her “Stories.” I like this way of thinking. So I have unabashedly borrowed it here:
My novels are also properly advertised on occasion, on Amazon in particular. However, I do not ask for reader reviews. I do not believe in “asking” readers “to do” anything. (I have explained more here and here.)
What I do hope for from my site here, though, is even if a friend/follower does not want actually to read any of my books (and how is that even possible? LOL!), that at least they might feel they want to mention me to friends/family/followers who they think might like my books.
“I don’t really read what he writes,” she shrugs. “I follow him because I like his England and France pictures and he sorta reminds me of
your dadyour older brother. Anyway you read this sort of stuff and I thought you might like these.”
Good “word of mouth” is a new author’s biggest help.
All of that said, a completed next novel is naturally years away. That is not a bad thing, though. It gives anyone plenty of time to read the first two ones if they have not as of yet… and/or to tell their friends/family/followers about them. 😉
Have a good Monday (Ugh), wherever you are. 🙂