The First Review!

Hey again, everyone!

This is always a bit of a balancing act, because I don’t want to seem as though I’m bragging.  But I want to take a moment to thank all of you out there for your incredible support.

First of all, I found out that this past week, my books had their best week of sales since Christmas!  Now maybe that’s just a random surge, but I’d like to think that Hawk fans out there are starting to get excited about Hawkeye football.  Or perhaps we just sold one book to every prospective high school player who committed to the Hawkeyes this past week!  (Hmmm.  Maybe I should send thank-you cards to Brian Ferentz and the rest of the coaching staff.  As a Hawk fan, I probably should anyway, regardless of book sales.)

The First Review!

If Brian Ferentz made my week, then R. Korthals made my month.  Who is that?  Honestly…no idea.  But on that note, my book What It Means to Be a Hawkeye received its first review on Amazon a few weeks ago!

Reviews…make me nervous.  I read a quote about writing once, and I wish I knew who to attribute it to.  But it really applied to me, and it went something like this.  “Not everyone is going to like what I write.  And that’s okay.  I don’t write for everyone…or anyone, really.  I write because I can’t not write.”  In other words, I write because I just can’t help myself! 

So it’s important not to take reviews personally.  Everyone has an opinion, and not everyone is going to like what you write.  Fortunately, I’ve received a few lukewarm reviews but no real scathing reviews yet (but I’m not naive…I know they’re coming eventually). 

Still, in reality, I’m writing because I have something I want to share with other people.  One of the toughest aspects of writing is the fact that other people are going to be reading, and more importantly, evaluating my work.  That’s pretty scary.  On the flip side, few things are as uplifting as hearing good things about one of my books.  When you get a review like the one R. Korthals wrote on Amazon, it gives you such a jolt to hear that a person you’ve never met bought a couple of your books and enjoyed them.  It makes all the hard work of writing (and don’t kid yourself…it is hard work) worthwhile.

Plus, it looks so much better when your book has a review on Amazon.  Books with the “Be the first to review this item!” tag look so…lonely!  (See Hawkeye Greats, By the Numbers.)

Anyway, thanks to R. Korthals for the very nice review, and thanks to all you fans out there who continue to support me and my writing.  I couldn’t do this without you.

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