Welcome to this week’s Open Book Blog Hop. The topic today is:
‘Would you like to be a bestseller or have a smaller, more manageable following?’
The short answer to this question is yes. Of course I would like to be a bestseller, that would be immensely gratifying as writing a book is jolly hard work. When the horror anthology, Nightmareland, edited by Dan Alatorre, in which I have three short stories went to number 1 in its category on Amazon twice, I was very delighted. It is nice to think that people are interested in your book and are buying it.
I said to my mother this morning that maybe A Ghost and his Gold will be my last book. It is currently at 75 000 words and I have about another 10 000 to go maybe more. There are a couple of controversial events that I excluded initially, but I am going back to include them as I want to present as realistic a picture of the events of the Second Anglo Boer War or South African War as is reasonably possible. This book isn’t all historical events. There is a strong paranormal element which binds the whole story together and that is why the title is appropriate. This book is The Red Badge of Courage meets The Shining [in my imagination in any event – smile].
My mother reassures me that I will write another book because she says writing is a challenge for me and I will get impossibly bored if I don’t write. She may be right; time will tell. I also depends on what ideas for stories I have.
Anyhow, back to the question at hand. I would like to be a best seller, but [here it comes] only on my own quirky terms. I do not believe I could write to a formula or to a publishers specifications and, as a result, I am not sure if I can ever be a modern bestselling author. I write for my personal pleasure as well as in the hope that other people will enjoy my books and short stories. Being happy with the content of my books is important to me and I would not want to relinquish control over my content.
Anyhow, the question is currently hypothetical so I will just carry on as I am and hope for the best.
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