What makes writers happy? In a word, readers.Sure, we love sales because sales lead to income and income leads to paid bills. But more than sales we love readers. Because we write in order to tell a story. And to tell a story you need an audience, otherwise you’re just talking (or typing) to yourself. That’s not particularly satisfying. So while we’re capitalists (for the most part) and professionals (in theory at least) and nearly insanely hopeful individuals (when we’re not busy developing an embarrassing drinking problem that will turn us into legendary figures who died too you) we’re mostly writing in the hopes that we’ll acquire readers. Better yet, satisfied readers.
That’s the brass ring for a writer. Developing a following of dedicated readers who enjoy your work enough to seek out the next story, the next book, the next essay – and hopefully purchase it with a broad smile and a hopeful heart.
I’m feeling a little energized on this particular topic this week because of a handful of e-mails I’ve received. Not thousands of e-mails, mind you. Not even hundreds. But e-mails from a handful of satisfied readers have made it through the digital maze and found their way to my computer. I appreciate these notes more than I can tell you. In each case they asked when the next installment of the Lifeboat Augusta series would be published. I’m so pleased by the question, and I’m happy to report that installment number two is well underway. It should be coming to an ebook outlet near you before the new year rolls around. Additional installments will be showing up in short order after that one, as well. Installment two is called, “Just About Armageddon,” which expands on the story that starts with, “To the Lifeboats.”
Randy Tagget, Keisha Miller, and the full cast of Lifeboat Augusta characters become more nuanced, a bit more mysterious, and in at least a few instances, a little more devious.
The process of writing this series is actually enjoyable. Believe it or not, I’m having a terrific time telling this story in all its technicolor glory. And that enjoyment is enriched considerably during weeks like this one when reader’s e-mails continue to show up on my computer expressing a real desire to get their hands on the next installment sooner rather than later.
It makes this writer happy to know those readers are enjoying the story as much as I enjoy writing it. So hang in there, appreciate the anticipation you’re feeling, and brace yourself for, “Just About Armageddon.” It’s headed in your direction and will be ready for your voracious consumption soon enough.