Monday, November 2, 2009

Motivated To Do It Again

Deb took this picture the day BAD LATITUDE was delivered. This was the first batch.

Funny I didn't think twice about reader reaction, even after these babies showed up. Never thought much about promotion or having to "talk the book up", or "create buzz" either. There were absolutely no goals or expectations with BL but that seems to have changed. With one under my belt & RECKLESS almost ready to go, reader acceptance somehow seems more important. Is that a good or bad thing?

Here's a copy & paste from FaceBook. I thought it was pretty cool.

Amy  ________  October 26 at 7:58pm

Trav started the book!! He stopped reading Harry Potter to start it and turns off the TV in his room, tells us to "keep quiet" so he can "be in the book" as he's reading. So cute. We're going to send it down after he's done and he's already started writing you a letter with questions. :) I also wanted to add that he never reads at home. He reads at school b/c he has to. So thank you for writing such an excellent story that captivates my kid more than the Disney channel ;) In a follow up comment Amy mentioned that Travis (after checking out pics on my FB pages) was surprised that my boat really is named Laffin' Gaff - same as Pop's boat in the book. Hah! Wish I had about half of "Pop's" money.

The kid in the picture is Travis (aka Trav). I've never met him, but I've known his mom since she was about sixteen. [She's a fan of author Harlan Coben, so she's got great taste in writers.] Time flies & I'm old. I asked permission to use her comment & the picture for my blog. (Amy bought the book on Amazon, so this isn't a polite response to receiving a gift. Had to add that clunky tidbit for the sake of credibility.) The bottom line, I think, is when something like this 'writing stuff' works out, &, for me it has (so far), & you get positive feedback from readers, you feel obligated to raise the bar. Expectations. Instant pressure. Now it matters. There are lots of ways to have a positive influence - getting kids to read is one of 'em. So maybe this writing gig is worthwhile after all. Maybe it's really more about the audience. Maybe this is why we write.

Now we'll have to see how the latest Rackham Adventure turns out as the kids travel the high seas aboard the 82 foot schooner RECKLESS ENDEAVOR - with old Calico Jack along for the ride. Not a big deal, 'cept the old pirate has been dead since 1720.

 Thanks Travis & Amy ....


Carol J. Garvin said...

I think most of us would say that we write because we have a story to tell. We don't give a lot of thought to how that story will be received, so it's probably a good thing to get feedback like this occasionally. It proves that there are readers who are affected by our stories and that puts a new twist to things.

You know things now that you didn't know when you wrote BL and it sounds like your experience with it has made an impact on you. You grow with each book and I don't think it's a bad thing to hope each one will be better than the last and welcomed with even more enthusiasm by readers. Somehow I don't doubt that it will be, and you'll need a lot more of those boxes this time.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Thinking back to who you were prior to BL arriving at your door must make for interesting reflection. I know I'm a little surprised by how unmoved I am about my next one. I have no expectations. Of course I hope for the best, but that's not why I'm writing.

I get where you're coming from, old man. Hey -- want to do a guest interview thingy on my blog to help promote Reckless?

Amy Starkey said...

It's so cool that you posted this! You're such an entertaining guy, so no doubt that your book would be anything less than a captavating read. So keep on writin'!
Travis read your post and with wide eyes said "Oh my god that is AWESOME! I can't wait to tell Pop (that's what he calls my dad) and Grandmom that my picture is on the internet!"

JaxPop said...

Carol - I agree you grow with each project. RECKLESS has certainly been easier. Staying HOME would be helpful.

Joylene - Prior to the day I found BL rap rap rapping on my door - bunch of boxes, nothing more - I was quite sane. Now I'm not sure.

Amy - Geez I remember your parents! Tell 'em we said Hiya. Hope you guys get to visit the Haunted City. Appreciate your kind words. Now make sure you lie to Travis & tell him what an incredible baseball coach I was 'back in the day' - Hah!

Anonymous said...

That's one of the best parts of writing--having a reader respond positively to it!

Jenn Hubbard

Anonymous said...

Just thought I'd drop by and I'm glad I did.How exciting to get such great feedback! It's what makes it all worthwhile. Doesn't it?

JaxPop said...

Hey Jenn - What's with the anon.? Hi Laura. Welcome to The Haunted City.
This post was a struggle. Brag/Gag. The FB message was one of those light bulb moments - not a promo opportunity. Will be nice to get home soon where I can write. Not workin' out so well these past few weeks.