It was a post on BGS that solved the issue I’m having right now. I’m only 1,000 + words into my new novel, and I don’t know why it’s so difficult. I know what I want to say, I know what I want the characters to do.
Writer Kay Seeley wrote that she felt sad to leave her characters at the end of her novel. After I responded that I often feel the same, it occurred to me that my problems above are because I do not yet know the characters!
It’s like beginning a new job - you see the people, you don’t know them, or what makes them tick. Or joining a new school. Who are all these people? After spending time with them you know them better!
Which means I have to get back to writing and get to know these people who are as yet, shadowy figures in my imagination.
Thank you Kay!
After a month on NetGalley, my book has been downloaded by 44 readers/reviewers. But I only have 4 NetGalley Reviews to show for it. According to Admin Liz from BGS in her video Using NetGalley To Get Reviews. this is about average for the number of downloads. However, they are all positive, and that makes me very happy, though it beats me why a reviewer who loved the book only gives it 3 stars...she wrote:
"A lovely story for Christmas time without being to (sic) overtly saccharine. A real rip roaring tale of pioneer folk!!"
Someone told me that 3 stars is a good review, but it's hard to believe that when it's right in the middle between Bad and Good which is more like Neutral to me.
AJ of BGS sent me a spreadsheet of those who downloaded the book. He recommends I email the reviewers to thank them, and to email those who have downloaded the book and not reviewed it, to do so, politely. A nudge. ..
(I wonder if BGS would do the emailing for me?)
My head is full of history and romantic intrigue, and to come from there, to pondering spreadsheets, is quite a trauma!
HAPPILY, the Amazon Reviews are all 4s and 5s. I like this one because she 'got it' - that is, what I was trying to do.