If you follow Erika Chase on Facebook or Twitter, you’re undoubtedly aware that Thurs. April 19th was Launch Night! It was a time to officially celebrate the first Ashton Corners Book Club mystery, A KILLER READ.
Not that anyone who was following could have missed the fact that as of April 3rd it was on the bookshelves in local stores and available on line. And, please allow me a little BSP here, as I’m sure this will happen only once in my life – it made #2 on the Barnes & Noble Mystery Bestseller list and #28 on their overall list that week! I don’t know if I was more shocked or delighted. Probably a dead heat.
So now, two weeks and some days later, we had the launch. Why bother, you might ask? As I’ve just stated, almost everyone knows about it already.
True. But the point of the launch is to celebrate big with writing friends and readers. It’s a wonderful, supportive community and I know, A KILLER READ wouldn’t have made that bestseller list without a lot of reviewing, tweeting, and liking by friends.
Of course, writers write for themselves, for the pure pleasure of weaving together a story and then sharing it with the readers. So, this is also a celebration of the reader. Without them, who would buy the books? Okay, relatives are a given. But we’re truly thankful that someone chooses to buy, read and enjoy what we’ve spent so many months writing and agonized over through rewrites and edits.
Every writer recognizes that there are tons of new books on the bookshelves, be they virtual or of the brick and mortar variety, every month. And, as wonderful as it would be to buy every new book, it’s just not possible. There’s that small item called ‘budget’. That’s reality.
How wonderful then to find my book gathering a readership! I love hearing from someone who’s just finished reading the book and wants to share his or her reaction to it. It’s all part of the process of growing as a writer. Every comment, even the negative one, is useful; every positive response is an affirmation of the writer and an added incentive to keep on telling the story.
That’s the role that readers play in this partnership called books. So my launch of A KILLER READ was a celebration of all of us. Thank you for joining in!
Virtual hugs to all, Erika
READ & BURIED, coming Dec., 2012