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Harlie Williams

Writer/Reviewer

A question for authors and readers...

News, sorry its been too long

He's pretty, isn't he?

Okay, that wasn't the question, sorry but feel free to comment.  :)

Here's the question:

For readers:  What draws you to read a book?  Length?  Cover?  Blurb?  Author name?

For authors:  When you were a debut author, what got readers to your book?

The reason I'm asking these questions is because hardly anyone is reading my debut.  I know, I know, its been out a month and it takes awhile for people to find it.  I've already heard these from authors...you need a back list, don't worry about your debut, concentrate on your next book, promo, promo, promo, did you have a mentor when you wrote the book (no I did not), have you joined a writer's blog (tried but I've been rejected more times than I can count).

That's all well and good and great advice but consider these facts that I have realized:

1.  No one pays that much attention to me on FB or Twitter, so any and all promo that I have done is ignored.

2.  I have/had ARC copies of my book and no one wanted them.

3.  I realize that my book is only 20 pages, it won't win the Pulitzer but I'm proud of it.

4.  I know that most reviewers are backed up.  It happens, trust me.

5.  I know that the playing field is crowded out there with books, so I'm not sure how to stand out.

6.  I don't have a posse.  Maybe I should get one...

You are probably thinking that I have sour grapes and in some respects I do.  It hurts when you do something that most people wouldn't dream of doing, you are proud of it and it seems that no one cares.  It hurts that I have done everything right so far and nothing.  Nada...zip...crickets chirping.

Well, I know that there are people who have read it and liked it.  In fact I was told that I actually mislead them into thinking it was just hot and spicy and its more than that.  ;)

I have two blog tours that will start next month and I will post every day where I am for that day.  Hopefully, people will find me on the tours and want to read the book.  It's all I can hope for now.

Have a great weekend y'all.

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