Months ago I began my first “official” post to this blog by talking about my adventures in self-publishing and why I’d taken on such a daunting task. It was a multiple-choice question, with “All of the Above” being the correct answer. One of the answers (answer B, I believe) encompassed in that All of the Above was “I wanted it read, in its entirety, by someone who felt no imperative to like it. No imperative to hate it either.”
For some reason I can’t fathom, I’ve put off sharing the results of that adventure on my blog. I’m shameless in shouting it from the rooftops (irritating as well), but I’ve said nothing here.
Cue the drumroll….
I received my review from IndieReader the beginning of this month, and although I didn’t win, I did get a 5-star review from a reviewer who mirrored back everything I’d stuffed into my little 304 page tome. She GOT it! Not only did she get it, but I know now that my vision manifests on the page with such clarity that it remains intact once it reaches the reader .
Do you know how amazing to me that is? I’ve been living with this vision for over 30 years. Its ultimate fulfillment does, admittedly, remain incomplete until I’ve finished the last book in the trilogy. (Do people even refer to them as “trilogies” anymore? Or do they just use “series” to cover all contingencies? Hmmm.)
There is a key to this reaching, and my reviewer even mentioned it. A few years back, I made the decision to send Lisen, the hero of the piece, to spend a few years on earth. Important years, ages 10 through 17. Now we view a large part of the story and the strange, nonsexist world in which its characters live through the eyes of someone who knows us as her own. She may be Garlan, but she often steps back to study her world as we as humans would, giving the reader a sense of accessibility that had previously been lacking.
I did it. I wrote my best. I rewrote my best. I formatted for publication my best. I designed a “professional” cover even though I’m anything but an artist. I put every bit of best that I possess into Lisen and into Fractured, and it worked. I hope one day that the borders of Lisen’s niche expand to include many more readers than she currently has nipping at my heals for volume 2 (Tainted, due out late this year). In the meantime, I take pride in the fact that although I didn’t win a prize from IndieReader, to me I won the whole damn lottery.