Someone’s Reading. And That’s Pretty Special.

Authors, especially indie authors, have to fight and claw for every reader they get. It’s an incredibly crowded field in the publishing world these days. Hundreds of thousands of writers of various backgrounds, pedigrees, and experience have published their books in a myriad of places for the reach of millions of readers. The world has never had more books. The world has never had more authors. The world has never had more readers. The world has never had more opportunity.

Think about how lucky Charles Dickens was. Dickens traveled to America as a celebrity in a time there were few celebrities. He would hold readings and people would gather to listen to him recant his tales in person. But really, how much market competition did Dickens have when he’s competing against two dozen writers? (BTW: totally made up number to make a point.) Plus, Dickens didn’t have to compete with other entertainment medium. No Internet. No TV. No cinema. It was either a Dickens’ story or Uncle Jed recalling his move out west on the wagon train.

So hopefully I’ve established the fact that indie authors of 2016 have to work twice as hard to break through the noise and be noticed by readers.

That’s why it’s extra special when you know your book is being read.

I recently did my largest promotion ever. I’ll be sure to share some facts about it later. But what I have noticed is that the book I promoted is getting many reads by folks using Kindle Unlimited. I especially like to see the numbers roll in that thousands of my pages are being read, because that means that THOUSANDS OF MY PAGES ARE BEING READ. While I am writing this, someone is sitting with their Kindle and reading a novel by Mark W Sasse. That’s still the most amazing thought as a writer. My book was chosen over how many hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of other available books.

That’s pretty special. I never take it for granted, and it makes me want to work harder as a writer so I can produce more stories for more people.

Thanks for reading. Now back to my story.

Some advice, perhaps, from Charles Dickens?

I’m giving my first EVER author reading next week. I’ll be doing excerpts from “Beauty Rising” and taking questions at the Dalat Library. However, can I admit that I don’t really know what I’m doing? I’ve never done a reading. Actually, now that I think about it, I’ve never even been to a reading.

Well, perhaps fortune shines down upon me because tonight, I’m going to get some help from Charles Dickens.

As you may know, Dickens was a master of doing readings of his own works – and he did hundreds of them all over the world.  An audience favorite quickly became “A Christmas Carol” which we all know and love.

Actor Phil Zachariah has studied and mastered the art of being Charles Dickens, and he is recreating Dickens’ intimate evenings with his 19th century audiences on his own 21st century tour around the world. He’s doing his show in Penang tonight, and I’m just about to go.  I’m hoping the master storyteller himself will be able to give me some pointers of what to do next week.

I’ll let you know what I think of the performance and if it will be helpful for me or not.

But now I have to go.