Writing is like flailing in the dark and flinching when an invisible hand smacks you upside the back of the head. It’s like being Tony DiNozzo, never knowing when Gibbs is sneaking up behind you. Of course, sometimes a little smacking is a good thing.
The mail brought my royalty check today, and Out of Balance… a little book that came out six months ago and largely vanished… suddenly churned out triple-digit sales. Um… what?
Now I am not complaining. At all. Nope, I will take that kind of surprise any day of the week and twice on Sunday. However, the business of writing annoys me endlessly.
I haven’t advertised this book, I can’t find any reviews, and no one has mentioned it randomly appearing on Barnes and Noble shelves near you. I know there was a convention recently in Albuquerque, so did someone make a display of “local authors”? I don’t know.
I have no idea why this book suddenly “took off” any more than I know why other books haven’t. I love Insistent Hunger with Paige, the cop who takes shit from no one, not even when her rookie partner shows up minus his heartbeat. No one else loves that story like I do.
Sometimes I have a clue. When Teddypig ripped on Gathering Storm, giving it one star and saying I’d broken faith with romance readers by failing to fulfill the requirements of a romance book, my sales skyrocketed. To be honest, he’s a little right. That’s a suspense novel with two main characters who happen to get down and dirty. I’m tempted to send him a copy of my upcoming BDSM romance In the Weeds and pray he hates it just as much.
However, writing is a profession for people who like tightrope walking or maybe it’s more those who like long walks off short piers in rocky terrain. You don’t know what’s coming. You don’t know what will take off like an out-of-control conflagration and what will fizzle away.
You definitely don’t know why you suddenly get a royalty check that actually looks like a paycheck. Does anyone out there know why Out of Balance has suddenly found an audience? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?