online buddies, and I've been waiting all week to share some great news with you! Ok, maybe I shouldn't call it news. Developments is a better choice. Here's some new developments.
I'm working on my followup novel to The Beloved Daughter. But most of you know that already. What you DON'T know ... is that IT HAS A NAME!! My next novel will be called Not Alone. I have such high visions and hopes for the book and for what's to come after it's printed. In fact, as we speak I'm in the planning stages of starting a small Kickstart campaign in August so people can preorder copies (yes, I'm even doing international shipping because I love my WIPpet friends so much!).
Anyway, in addition to working on some of my pre-pub promo for Not Alone (the baby has a NAME everybody!), I've been working on something else really fun called The Beloved Daughter: Bonus Materials. See, after I ran my Amazon free promotional period for The Beloved Daughter, a lot of people read it and then downloaded my special-needs memoir, A Boy Named Silas. The blaring message these readers were sending me was, "We don't just want to read your novels. We want to know about you, too." Who wouldn't be flattered by that?
So I started working on a Bonus Materials ebook. Just picture a DVD. If The Beloved Daughter was the movie, this new ebook would be the bonus disc. So far I have character studies on each of the characters, outtakes (scenes I took out, with author commentary), sneak peaks (the first chapter of Not Alone, the NOW-NAMED followup to The Beloved Daughter), and my favorite part - Becoming Beloved: A Mini Memoir. In this section, I talk about my experiences writing The Beloved Daughter through to my post-publication depression last spring. I hope to show my readers that even though I write really heavy fiction, I also have what might pass in some spheres as a sense of humor. (Who would have thought, given what I write about, right?)
So... after that long introduction, today's WIP is from my all-time favorite chapter in The Beloved Daughter: Bonus Materials. It's in the mini memoir section, and the chapter is called... well, we'll get to that in a minute.
During the first month of its publication, The Beloved Daughter got only five-star reviews on amazon. You can imagine what it did to my ego reading phrases like riveting and heart-wrenching, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (in all caps for emphasis), page turner, and couldn’t put it down.
I’d check my review page every hour (although my husband might argue it was more often than that), and whenever a new review popped up I’d make some kind of meek comment like, “Got another five-star today.” I even remember at one point thinking something along the lines of, Wow, I didn’t know my novel was that good.
Can you tell I needed some humbling?
My first four-star review came a month after The Beloved Daughter was published. I should have been ready for it. But I wasn’t.
Ok, so the chapter this WIPpet appears in is called "Reviewers’ Curse (or The Day My Best Friend Only Gave Me Four Stars)." So my chapter title (and subtitle) plus the nine sentences above, make a total of ten - perfect for a WIPpet post on July 10th!
Anyway, you'll have to read the Bonus Materials when it comes out to hear the outcome of this fateful day, but I'll give enough of a spoiler to let you know that my former best friend remains my current best friend, and that I no longer stalk my amazon review page.
Blog Love: Thanks to K. L. Schwengel from My Random Muse for the WIPpet fun.
Random Fact: My very favorite bonus features from a movie is the deleted scenes from Rat Race.
Straw Poll: Like I mentioned, I'm getting kickstart campaign ready in preparation for Not Alone's release. Could you anonymously click on what you're most likely to do once that campaign is up and running? (No commitments, I'm just wanting a general feel to help me gauge where to set my fundraising goal.)