Learning from the past, Looking to the future

First, I want to thank everyone who bought The Inheritance.  Many of you have sent me messages of encouragement and support, which mean the world to me. 

I’m sorry to have to tell you, though, that the book has pretty much flopped.  The two reviews I got were scathing and, in retrospect, the critics who wrote them were spot on about the book’s problems.  I won’t get into the details here, but what it boils down to is that it needed a lot more work to make it commercially viable and I didn’t do that work. 

I was so eager to self-publish that I didn’t put in the effort that might have made The Inheritance a really good novel.  There were also tons of stupid errors in the manuscript that I didn’t correct at first.  I actually had to release a second edition that fixed these problems. 

For a while I was pretty depressed by this. After all, nobody wants to fail.  I am thrilled that friends and family enjoyed the book but I was really hoping to reach a wider audience. But I’ve gotten over that.  The Inheritance is what it is.  Lesson learned, time to move on.

That’s what I’ve been doing lately.  I just finished the second draft of my next novel, The Leviticus Enforcer.  This time, I’m going to be more careful.  After I do another draft, I’m going to get some objective eyes to look at it and help me get it ready.  I also hope to hire a professional editor to work on the book.  I’m determined not to repeat the mistakes I made on The Inheritance

Hiring that editor, though, will not be cheap.  In the next month or so, I’m planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money I need.  Keep your eyes open for details. 

I’m taking a break from The Leviticus Enforcer before starting the third draft.  Eager to keep writing, I’ve stared preliminary work on my third novel, tentatively titled The Justice Brigade.  So, as you can  see, I have not let the failure of The Inheritance get me down.  With God’s help, I’m pressing forward and am determined to make this new career work. 

More coming soon!

Robert

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One thought on “Learning from the past, Looking to the future

  1. It takes a lot of courage to follow your passion for writing. I once took a class in children’s literature from a guy name Jim Aylesworth and he had been a teacher but was an emerging author at the time. He talked about the overwhelming number of rejection letters he received. He persisted and has published several books. I have heard similar stories from other authors many of whom have worked on their books for years before releasing the book. Amy Tan spoke on TED about the art of creativity and discussed this very topic. Take classes, learn from other authors, hone your craft and you will reach the success you are hoping for. 😊

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