My Kindle Scout Message to Readers

Whether or not Kindle Press decides to pick up my new novel, Kindle Scout will be sending out a message to everyone who has nominated my book. It’s a personal message I wrote on their behest. Here it is:

“I consider it a true privilege when someone takes time out of their busy schedules to purposefully read something that I have written. It’s humbling, actually, and so I take my writing very seriously because I don’t want to waste your time. So thank you, sincerely, for nominating me and spending a few moments looking over my writing. It means the world to me.

I wanted to post this here as well because that’s how I truly feel. No reader owes me anything. No reader owes me a good review or even a few seconds of their busy days. But when someone chooses to read something that I have written, I am humbled by that. Tremendously, actually.

As I’ve said before, I spent many years not writing simply because I didn’t have the confidence to do it. I eventually let my love for writing take over and that helped me write several plays and then even novels. I am quite self-motivated to keep writing simply because I love the creative process.

However, the reviews and feedback that I’ve received from readers over the last couple of years truly has helped to sustain my efforts. It really motivates me to want to write even more engaging stories.

So thanks to all who nominated my book, and thanks to all who have taken the time to read my writing.

Finding Readership One Reader at a Time

I just had a wonderful review of my book. No, it wasn’t from an prestigious publication or website. It was from an individual I don’t know. (I promise. This person is not even a distant relative.) And the individual said in the review something like this  (I paraphrase):

I got this book when it was free. I don’t usually write reviews for free books because most of them aren’t very good. But this one was different and I wanted to write a short review to support Mr. Sasse.

Wow! You can read the actual review for yourself on Amazon, if you like. But this one meant a lot. A person who had no expectations, perhaps low expectations, in the end takes a few moments of their busy life to support me as an author. You can imagine how much that means to me.

And that’s when it hit me. I’m not going to reach large groups of readers all at once. I’m not going to have full-page spreads in the New York Times or be part of Oprah’s book club. Oodles of non-descript readers aren’t going to suddenly jump on the Sasse bandwagon.

I’m going to gain readers one at a time. Individuals, who stumble upon my work and like it. The ones who have nothing to gain except enjoying a good read and tipping their cap to the author.

I am honored to find one more reader who enjoyed my work. Thank you for the encouragement. Perhaps this was the most prestigious type of review after all.