Wednesday, August 3, 2016

"Failing Out Loud"

With guest blogger.... suspense author Lisa Phillips!

Bestselling Failure

Here’s something no one ever told you about being an author: it won’t be perfect.

Sure, we all have visions of NYT Bestseller status dancing in our heads, and that call. You know the one, the one known as “The Call”. Where a New York number flashes on your caller ID, and you gasp. Choke. Almost drop the phone. Yes, yes I was working out (obviously) that’s why I sound breathless. Yes, I would be very happy to sign whatever you send me so that you can then send me a check and I can do line edits for the rest of my life. (Not really.)

I still don’t like edits. Surely by now I should just be able to spawn a fully formed book that’s technically and spiritually perfect. That should be a thing, right?

Sigh. (In case you’re wondering, it’s not a thing.)

Or you self publish. I do that, too. Clearly you’re going to rush up the ranks and sparkling five star reviews will commence. Maybe you’ll get one or two bad reviews, plus that lady on Goodreads who thinks I might not be saved, but that’s not so bad right? RIGHT?

How about starting out with fifteen bad reviews, like this book:















Or this book:













Yes, both of them.

Sometimes it looks like Amazon’s fault, and sometimes there’s a technical issue that makes you look like the most inept, wanna-be, blatantly “self-published author, did you know she does that?” and you want to throw up. Good thing I’m not a crier, because boy would there ever have been some days I’d have used a whole box of tissues. Costco sized.

But we plough through.

I’m British, so I have that stiff upper lip thing happening.

I lead worship at my church, and wouldn’t you know it’s not always perfect?

I would have thought God would want His people to represent Him in the best light. I would have told you that He was going to make it sound amazing so that people could worship without the worship leader’s mess-ups distracting them. There is this neat Holy Spirit filter that kicks in, people forget you’re on stage and just worship. Never mind the mess ups, they’re all in, praising Him regardless. Those beautiful people who do that.

It’s like a good review: “I don’t know what all those other people were talking about it, I thought that book was great!”

God lets us be human, in all our humanness, in all our tarnished glory (not very glorious I’ll tell you) because it grows us. But that’s a whole other post about character, and stretching and fun stuff like that. (Ouch.)

So it’s inevitable. You’ll mess up. And the nature of writing books people are going to read is that you’ll do it where everyone can see—where they can read it for themselves. Especially if you’re self-published, taking all that work on your shoulders and trying to convince yourself you wanted to do it in the first place.

Or you could give up.

But who wants to do that?

If other people’s opinion is greater than your will to write then you will spend your whole writing life sinking, until you finally drown.

Feel like you’re drowning? Find that will to write in the hard moments when the kids are yelling and there are dishes in the sink, when dinner needs making and the hubs will be home in fifteen minutes but you just need a few more words.

Find the will to write when you bow your head and give up the fear. When you think about that one person, that “ideal reader” who gets what you were trying to say, who takes on board the message and finds new ground in her own battles. That reader who takes your book to her Bible study and tells all her friends about it, before she emails you to ask when the next one is coming out.

Pleasing the crowd doesn’t work. Write to that reader. The one. YOUR reader.

Because they can’t wait for your next book.

Lisa Phillips is a British ex-pat who grew up an hour outside of London. Lisa attended Calvary Chapel Bible College where she met her husband. He's from California, but nobody's perfect. It wasn't until her Bible College graduation that she figured out she was a writer (someone told her). Since then she's discovered a penchant for high-stakes stories of mayhem and disaster where you can find made-for-each-other love that always ends in happily ever after. 
Lisa can be found in Idaho wearing either flip-flops or cowgirl boots, depending on the season. She leads worship with her husband at their local church. Together they have two children--a sparkly Little Princess and a Mini Daddy--and an all-black Airedale known as The Dark Lord Elevator.

Lisa’s latest release is an August Love Inspired Suspense titled DEAD END.


Nina Holmes won't rest until she finds her mother's killer—and proves that her father was wrongly
convicted. And now that she's left the CIA, she finally has time to pursue the case that shattered her childhood. But someone realizes that Nina's digging into the past, and soon it's her own life that's in jeopardy. Deputy US marshal Wyatt Ames is just as determined to keep Nina safe as he is to keep investigating. But as he helps her with the case, they discover that this killer may be even more dangerous than anyone expected. And to capture him, Wyatt and Nina must be willing to do whatever it takes—even use themselves as bait.


Lisa is giving away FIVE signed copies of Dead End today!! Tell her your best author-failure story, and get entered to win!


62 comments:

Natalie Monk said...

After a crazy summer of neglecting all my fave blog hangouts, I wander back to Seekerville and find THIS post! Thank you so much, Lisa! (Love your writing, btw.) I can always rely on Seekerville to kick me back into gear when I've got that half-done project hanging over my head, non-writing pressures crowding in, and my self-made deadline looming. Actually the ACFW conference is a pretty big deadline if I want to have anything at all to pitch to the lovely editors I've scheduled appointments with.

I love your honesty, relatability, and willingness to share your experiences to encourage us, Lisa! Thanks for calling on our strong wills to rise up again and be useful!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Lisa! Welcome back to Seekerville. How interesting that I have been thinking about a similar quote all day..Pay more attention to your Creator than your critics. Author Shawn Thornton.

Oh, failures. I could list them til the cows come home.

But why? I believe that looking forward is the only way to face each day.

I have another quote for you, lol.

The devil will have you look how far you have to go. The Lord says, look how far you've come.

Your book sounds marvelous!!! Simply marvelous. I am off to buy it as Seekers cannot win prizes!! Bummer huh??

Cate Nolan said...

Hi Lisa,

One thought kept running through my mind as I read this...
Boy, she's brave!


I read your Indie books and thought it was the coolest idea ever. One of those "wish I'd thought of it" ideas.

Congrats on the new book. I can't wait to read it.

Melissa Jagears said...

Excellent word, Lisa. Thank you.

Mary Preston said...

I could name quite a few failures from my life. As a reader though, not a writer. Not enough hours in the day for one.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I loved this post from the moment it downloaded into my computer! Lisa, you hit the bulls-eye here because stumbles, falls and fails are part of life.

In this biz, we do it in front of a wide audience and today's audience doesn't employ "filters" the way previous generations did! But I've learned that by doing my best and plugging forward, the positives swamp the negatives!

And I love that, it's like we've all got our own little Good-conquers-Evil thing going on!

I BROUGHT COFFEE!!!!

And huge thank yous for FIVE BOOKS!

Now that's my kind of gal!

Cindy W. said...

Lisa, this is a great post. Thank you. This can pertain to many areas of life. I use to let everything everyone said about me hurt me. Then I realized it's only their opinion and that it's what God thinks about me that truly counts. It has taken years to 'grow up' and realize that there are some people who aren't happy unless they are speaking negative things.

BTW, I lead worship as church as well...and I have made more than a few mistakes but as you said, when the congregation is worshiping they aren't really paying attention to me and my mistakes.

I would love to win one of your books. Thank you for the chance.

Blessings,
Cindy W.

Jill Weatherholt said...

This is a wonderful post, filled with so much truth, Lisa. If I wrote for others, I'd probably never get a word written. There's only one opinion that matters, and I'm grateful I'm able to realize that. Thank you for visiting! I'd love to be entered into the drawing.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Cindy, I love your point about leading worship... and growing up.

I love that we're able to leave the pangs of high school nonsense behind us... but then comes the wife stuff, the mother stuff, the worker stuff...

And we come to realize that we need to be the best version of ourselves that God meant us to be and ignore the rest.

I think it's okay to best ourselves in trying to do well... but it's not okay to look around and try to best others because we've all got our own wealth of joy, sorrow, personality, quirks and quests.

My peace within comes from faith and no matter what others might rain down on us, that faith is our stronghold.

DebH said...

Hi Lisa
I'm one of YOUR readers. I love your work. Just throwing that out because momma always told me if I'm thinking something nice about someone - well then, SAY IT to them!

I also love that you are soldiering on with writing and not allowing what others think to change what you know the Lord wants you to be doing. Thanks for the Lesson for today. I can certainly use this for encouragement for my writing and other areas of my life.

Would love to be in the draw for one of your books (cuz I'm a big fan - I've marked it on my wish list so I don't forget to purchase it if I don't win). THANKS for being so generous.

And double thanks for the awesome post today. I appreciate the reminder of the WHY we write/create.

Myra Johnson said...

A wonderfully real, honest, and encouraging post, Lisa! Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom with us today! Love the reminder to write for OUR reader and stop worrying about everyone else. We certainly can't please everybody, and trying to is only going to frustrate and stifle us.

Richard Mabry said...

Lisa, thanks for sharing. Rejection is a large part of any author's life. At one writers' conference, the question of the number of times an author had been rejected was raised. The winner was best-selling author T. Davis Bunn. His comment? Why stop there? You could have gone higher...you still haven't reached the number of rejections I received.
Oh, and I got my agent after I decided to quit writing completely. At least, that was my idea. God obviously had another one. I've now had ten novels of medical suspense published, with more in the works.
Richard Mabry

Lisa Phillips said...

Wow, thank you so much friends, and readers!! It's really early here (MST) but I've got my coffee and the dog walk can wait a minute. :-)
Thank you all for the kind words. It was hard to be honest, but I love that God gives us these shared experiences - reading, writing, even leading worship. What a blessing to know we all have our own journey but there is so much fellowship in it.

Janet Dean said...

LISA, welcome back to Seekerville! We writers want to do the best we can, but not everyone will love our stories. Thanks for the reminder that we're writing for God and the reader/s He had in mind. And accept that not all reviews will be five stars.

Your story sounds great! You're very generous to give away five copies of Dead End!

Janet

Missy Tippens said...

Lisa, welcome! What a great post. I love your quote: If other people’s opinion is greater than your will to write then you will spend your whole writing life sinking, until you finally drown.

I've grown pretty tough. But I'm still learning to be resilient. This was a good reminder!

Missy Tippens said...

Natalie, so good to see you!

Missy Tippens said...

Oh, a great Tina quote, too! "The devil will have you look how far you have to go. The Lord says, look how far you've come."

Marianne Barkman said...

Lisa...so great to have you here. I love your novels, and am glad you push through the negatives to the positive. We're all trying to do that, whether writers or readers! Thanks for the post and that reminder

Vince said...

Hi Lisa:

Bad reviews on Amazon are one thing. The loins in the Coliseum were quite another thing. It seems there will always be critics.

Your bio mentions living a hour from London. That wouldn't be Leicester City, would it? I've been a Foxes fan for many years. I listened to every game the year the were sent down to the third level. It seems this year the Foxes had the last laugh. I sure hope you are a football fan! I don't think I ever met a Brit who was not a football fan.

Have you been back to London? I was there several times before the Globe (the new one, not the original) or London Eye. I was there the day England won the World Cup. Every hotel was full! I had to share a very small room with an Aussie!

Do you still use British English (lorry, boot, biscuit, half seven, no definite article in front of 'hospital' or 'university')? I spent three years in Italy listening to pirate radio broadcasting just off the coast of England. (England does have a coast right?)

I look for great things to come from BREXIT. The Brits have always some of the best businessmen in the world. Now they can cut much better deals.

So there it is: not your typical romance blog comment -- but then the Foxes didn't let the legions of critics get them down as they were being sent down.

Please put me in the drawing for a Kindle copy of "Dead End". I need the ebook to make the copy large enough to read. If Kindle is not an option, please let someone else win!

Vince

P.S.
Do you watch, "Inspector Lewis"? A BBC production set in Oxford. Very intellectual. Exceptionally well written. A great show for writers to watch.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi Lisa Welcome to Seekerville. What a great reminder that there are so many rejections in this business that you really have to develop a tough skin. And if you persever, you will eventually reap your reward. Like Missy, I love the quote you gave us. so true.

My biggest sense of failure was when I was signed on with one of the TOP agents in the Christian industry. I was sure I was on my way to success. And I guess he thought that since I was writing for Harlequin earlier, I would be an automatic shoe-in and he wouldn't have to work that hard. Well guess what? I wasn't a shoe-in. And he finally admitted to me that my work had been sitting on his office floor for a year. Untouched. Unread. Not sent out anywhere. sigh. Well I have since let go of that anger and disappointment because over the years I've learned one important truth. God's timing is the perfect timing. Not what I think it should be. LOL

Thanks again for sharing. Have fun today.

Nicky Chapelway said...

I haven't actually been an author that long, but does the fact that my book has been on Amazon for almost nine months now and still doesn't have a review count? Actually your post came just in the nick of time. I've just signed up for a blog tour to get more reviews for said reviewless book, and so I have been fretting a lot. What if no one wants to review my book? What if everyone hates it? What if all the reviews I get are only 1 star? Ugh! I'm giving myself a panic attack! Thank you for the advice and I will try not to let any bad reviews get to me (you know when I actually start getting them).

I would love to have my name entered in the drawing for you book. I am a huge fan of suspense!

Lisa Phillips said...

Hi Vince!
I'm so glad I don't get thrown to the lions every time I write something bad!! That would be terrible.

I grew up in Essex. I'm pretty sure it's been a loooong time since England won a world cup!
I have Larger print (I guess it's halfway between regular and 'large' print) if you want a bigger print copy.
Not sure I've ever seen inspector Lewis. I've lived in Idaho for 10 years, so the verbiage is fading. Especially with critique partners "is this a British thing?"

Lisa Phillips said...

Wow, Sandra! I'm sure I've been on many floors by now.
Yes, God's timing is so perfect.

Nicky - good luck for your blog tour! What's the name of your book?

Heidi McCahan said...

Hi Lisa,

Thank you for your words of encouragement. I needed to hear this today. The reminder to write for that one reader that 'gets me' motivates me to keep going. My author fail is that my first novel was published by a small press and the first paperbacks released had a duplicate chapter as well as a missing chapter. Thankfully they went to friends and family who could gently let me know of the error and it was quickly corrected. The mortification was intense. I can laugh about it now. Sort of. :-)

Janet Dean said...

LISA, tell us about your writing process. Panster or plotter? Though I can't imagine how anyone could write a romantic suspense without some plotting.

Janet

Nicky Chapelway said...

My book's title is A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses. It is the first book in the My Time in Amar series (not to mention my first book period) and so I hope that it will start getting some more notice for the sake of the future books in the My Time in Amar series, not to mention my writing career.

Lisa Phillips said...

So much mortification! I know how you feel Heidi!

Janet - I'm a serious outliner. For an LIS I can write from the synopsis usually, since I'll do a paragraph per chapter so it's basically an outline. For my full length novels it's more in depth: usually 1/2 a page to a full page per chapter.
The great thing about outlines is that you don't have to think about what happens next, and so it frees your brain up to come up with cool twists, secondary character's antics, and go in more depth with the character's emotions and growth.

I highly recommend K M Weiland's "Structuring Your Novel" and "Outlining Your Novel". They are both great resources.

Lisa Phillips said...

Hey Nicky - Go on authorcentral.amazon.com and make yourself a profile, then link your book to it. Amazon has certain things that will give you more visibility and that's an easy and effective one.

Congrats on your first book!

Cynthia Herron said...

Lisa, so much encouragement in your words today! Sometimes, we view authors as having it all together and being immune to criticism and harsh reviews. I'm floored by some of the mean-spiritedness I see occasionally. In those cases, I don't think folks are trying to be helpful. They may have an agenda or some other motivation that drives them. Being helpful to other readers is the last thing on their minds.

I'm the poster child for perseverance. Every time I've thought about quitting this writing gig and told the Lord, "Just give me a sign. One sign. A raindrop. A cloudburst. SOMETHING if you want me to keep going" He's answered in big and small ways...and a few contest finals. :)

Thank you for sharing your heart so openly. Obviously, you've proved naysayers wrong. Well done and much success to you!

Sherida Stewart said...

OH, I loved your post, Lisa! Perfect is my favorite word....but definitely does not define my life. Your thoughts are so uplifting! Thank you!

My author failure...the first review of my published short story..."not up to the quality I expected." (Of course, I'm just positive that comment was from a contestant who didn't win.) I'm grateful for subsequent reviews from readers who were touched by my story. The author's life! Congratulations on your newest release!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Hiedi McCahan! Welcome to Seekerville! Welcome to Seekerville!

Ouch! That was a lesson learned. Hope your future publishing forays were kinder!

Tina Radcliffe said...

I forgot to welcome back Natalie Monk from her summer travels. Great to have you here today! We missed you!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Speaking of Suspense K9s. Well we weren't so this is random..but good to see Marianne back in Seekerville.

Are you done doggie training?

Lisa Phillips said...

Good for you, Cynthia! Keep on keeping on!

Ouch, Sherida. Bad reviews are hard to swallow, but there are always lives touched. God is working!

Sandy Smith said...

Great post, Lisa. I am just working on my first book so don't have any stories yet. I am feeling excited today, though, because while on my two mile walk I worked through some issues in my story that I just hadn't been able to make work. So maybe I can move forward again.

Your book looks good! Please enter me in the drawing.

Debby Giusti said...

Lisa, love your cover!!! So does it reflect the setting where the big climax takes place...or an early-on portion of the story? Very intriguing. I need to stop at Walmart and get a copy. Congrats!!!

I'm so glad we don't have to be perfect. I'm often forced to give myself a pep talk and say, "Just Do It!" Like the Nike commercial. Get words on the page so I can revise and pull the story together. Didn't Nora say something about the blank page? It's memorable, except it's eluding me at the present moment. Tina will probably remember. :)

Will you be at ACFW? Hope so! A number of folks from this blog will be there...we'll be ready to chat and give hugs. Hope to see you there!

Tina Radcliffe said...

"Find the will to write when you bow your head and give up the fear. When you think about that one person, that “ideal reader” who gets what you were trying to say, who takes on board the message and finds new ground in her own battles. That reader who takes your book to her Bible study and tells all her friends about it, before she emails you to ask when the next one is coming out."

This is so potent. This IS why we write.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Lisa are you a pantser or a plotter by nature. We all HAVE to plot for LI. Are you a desk PC person or a roving lap top/tablet gal?

What's your writing day like?

And I have to ask..do you have a British accent???

Lisa Phillips said...

Hi Debbie, the cover is the setting for the climax. Great question! Sad to say I won't be at acfw. Perhaps next year.

Tina - outline for sure. I've never had success with panting though I know it works for a lot of people.

I do have an accent! It's not thick, but it's definitely there. :-)

Lisa Phillips said...

Hmm...my writing day changes depending on when school is in. This year (which starts Monday because they're at a year-round school)I'll have a 4th grader and a kindergartener on a half day schedule. So my writing will be pm during school.
Summer is more of a free-for-all where I just exhaust the kids during the morning and then write during quiet time.

Lisa Phillips said...

Oh, and I'm for sure a PC gal ( poverty will do that to ya. Haha) right now I have a surface and I really love it. I use the dock when I'm at home and it's so portable for when I'm out.

Debby Giusti said...

Lisa, knowing the cover is the setting for the climax has me even more intrigued! Love seeing new ways to put the hero/heroine in danger!

Early on, I fretted knowing my stories weren't everyone's cup of tea. Guess I thought I had to please the world. Didn't take long before I realized I have a certain group of readers. They're the ones who enjoy my stories. Hopefully, that group grows with time, but there are some folks who will never touch a Debby Giusti read...or any of the LI stories...or even Christian fiction. And that's okay. It shouldn't shake my self-confidence...although sometimes it does. :)

Thanks for being with us today! We'll miss seeing you at ACFW!

Lisa Phillips said...

Oh, and I'm for sure a PC gal ( poverty will do that to ya. Haha) right now I have a surface and I really love it. I use the dock when I'm at home and it's so portable for when I'm out.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Well, now I really want to meet you. Accent!!! Sherlock Holmes!!!

Not going to ACFW either.

Nicky Chapelway said...

That would be great except you are not allowed to use author central unless you are at least eighteen years of age, and I'm kinda... not. Also my parents don't really like personal information of me (i.e. pictures) going out there, so I guess I'll just have to wait till I'm legal and all...

Sharee Stover said...

Lisa, this was such a great post. I loved this line: "That reader who takes your book to her Bible study and tells all her friends about it, before she emails you to ask when the next one is coming out."

It's the dream...

Thank you for the wonderful words of encouragement!

And now, you made me want to read your books. So double Yeah!

Janet Dean said...

LISA, I'm a plotter but I don't do the detailed outline for my LIH novels you do for LIS. But from what you've said, I think it would be helpful. I'm going to check out the books you recommended. Thanks!

Janet

Trixi said...

Funny thing Lisa....I was just encouraging one other author the other day about this subject of being perfect (or as she titled the blog, 98%). Or wanting to write that perfect story but falling short, or those bad reviews that people leave on Amazon. Well I can tell you, just like you said here, you're not going to please everyone! I love your perspective....write to that ONE reader (maybe me?) who will GET you, who will GET what God is saying through all your imperfectness. And by the way, I detest perfect characters in a book, I can't relate to them....I need to see that they struggle through life too! And I need to see that they rely only on God to help them.

Reviews are reviews, and I do love to write them myself. If I feel I can't leave at least a 3 (I give a lot of 4 & 5), I will simply email the author my reasons. I try to be kind & fair in my reasoning. I don't wish to shred an author, after all that's their heart and soul out there in the world. Thankfully, I've found very few books that I just couldn't review. And if I did give a 3 star, I stated valid reasons while still being kind, compassionate & fair.

Keep on keeping on Lisa!! Keep writing those stories God has placed in your heart, you know He will speak to each individual reader differently if you do just that! I love an honest author who admits that they are human (gasp!) :-)

No need to enter me as you are going to send a book to me (per your newsletter I got in my email the other day), and I had contacted you. I can't wait to delve into the pages :-) So excited for your newest, blessings!!

~Trixi~

Trixi said...

P.S. Just so you know, I haven't met an LIS I didn't like yet. I don't think I will either, they just keep getting better & better!

Boo Smelser said...

Like Nicky, I know what it's like to be review-less. For months. I finally have reviews now, after my books have been out two years. It's a review dessert land out there, but I suppose no reviews are better than bad reviews.

By the way, please throw my name in for Dead End.

Connie Queen said...

Lisa, I love this.

I'm not published, but I've learned the only way not to have rejections, bad reviews, and disappointments is to do nothing. Don't write. Don't finish a book. Don't send it in. Don't take a chance with something new.

If you're doing, you're taking a chance.

It makes me feel a little less of a failure that I know it true of the published and unpublished.

I love your LIS books. Feel free to toss my name in the hat. Love your cover btw.

Patricia W said...

Keeper alert!!! Haven't read an article that spoke so directly to me in a while. I know that drowning feeling. I was there not too long ago. "Find the will to write when you bow your head and give up the fear." Yup. Working on that.

I've never read your books, but I'm going to look for them. Thank you.

Patricia W said...

Keeper alert!!! Haven't read an article that spoke so directly to me in a while. I know that drowning feeling. I was there not too long ago. "Find the will to write when you bow your head and give up the fear." Yup. Working on that.

I've never read your books, but I'm going to look for them. Thank you.

Tanya Agler said...

Lisa, Thank you for sharing your stories. I guess my author-fail story is not learning the craft before I submitted my first manuscript to publishers. What's amazing was each and every SASE came back with a rejection since I hadn't even taken time to edit. I've learned much since then, but that's why I always encourage people who want to write to join a writer's group or read some craft books or talk to them to help give them suggestions that might help them in their writing journey. Thank you for sharing your story.

Lisa Phillips said...

Thank you all for joining me today and for all of your kind words about my blog post. You guys are super sweet and I hope you all win!!

Julie Lessman said...

LISA!!! Please forgive me because my brain apparently dropped off the map on Wednesday and I did not make it here in time for your post. Usually it's Mondays that that happens to me, so I'm a little worried ...

BUT ... you, my friend, put my worries to rest with this incredibly encouraging post that I desperately needed. You see, I just finished my latest novel last week, and no one has really seen it yet to give me feedback, so I am going through all those awful feelings right now until I get that one "loved it," which I'm hoping I get! :|

You said: "If other people’s opinion is greater than your will to write then you will spend your whole writing life sinking, until you finally drown."

Oh, AMEN AND AMEN!! That statement reminds me of the new Meryl Streep movie (which I haven't seen yet) called Florence Foster Jenkins, which is a true story of an absolutely awful singer who made it all the way to Carnegie Hall based on her own fortitude and self-confidence DESPITE what everyone else said. :)

You also said: "Pleasing the crowd doesn’t work. Write to that reader. The one. YOUR reader. Because they can’t wait for your next book."

You have NO IDEA just HOW MUCH this statement means to me!! Oh my goodness -- it is SO true, and I sooooo forget it way too much!! My editor at Revell always said I have the most rabid fans (hate that word -- I call them reader friends) many of whom have told me they would read a grocery list if I wrote it, so THOSE are the readers I need to focus on, not the 1-star reviewers because God knows nobody can please them all!"

Great post, Lisa, and I'm sorry I'm a day late (and WAY more than a dollar short, I assure you!).

Hugs,
Julie

Penelope Powell said...

Lisa,

I'm late in posting this, but I wanted you to know how much I appreciate what you said. It reminds me of grace seasoned with salt:-)

I just had my debut novel released by Anaiah Press in e-book form. The print version has been delayed to correct all the typos missed. Sigh. Your article reminded me to keep it all in perspective, because bottom line, the message is intended to minister and encourage... even in flawed form.

Thanks,
Penelope Powell

Penelope Powell said...

Lisa,

I'm late in posting this, but I wanted you to know how much I appreciate what you said. It reminds me of grace seasoned with salt:-)

I just had my debut novel released by Anaiah Press in e-book form. The print version has been delayed to correct all the typos missed. Sigh. Your article reminded me to keep it all in perspective, because bottom line, the message is intended to minister and encourage... even in flawed form.

Thanks,
Penelope Powell

Deanna Stevens said...

I can only imagine what an author feels as they await reviews.. Thanks for sharing today..
toss me into the hat too please...

Mary Lawson said...

Hi Lisa,
I sent in my manuscript for a geographic ABC picture book to a publisher. It got as far as a committee who decided it didn't fit there format😒. So going to rework it and lee on trying.

Jackie said...

Hi Lisa,

I love your sense of humor. Thanks so much for sharing today. (Actually yesterday, but I'm a day behind.) I remember subbing my first chapter to a critique group. The responses I got back almost made me give up. I appreciate anybody who will critique a chapter from a new writer.

Phyllis Wheeler said...

Thank you Lisa!

I wrote an entire book but realized it just wasn't good enough for publishing. Bummer. But it gave me more appreciation for authors like you who get it right :)

Please enter me in the drawing for "Dead End" and may God bless you and all of Seekerville!