I have big news of a personal nature to share this morning with all other writers out there who seek recognition and validation for their efforts.
Yesterday, I blogged about the clock ticking down to the official announcement of the CWA Debut Daggers Crime Writing Award Shortlist at the Crimefest International Crime Fiction Convention in Bristol. This was something that I had entered my three Romney and Marsh Files into. And because of my core belief in my writing and these books I confess to having harboured genuine hope of getting on that list.
I didn’t. I’m now officially part of the chaff.
Naturally, I’m disappointed, but there is nothing ever to be gained by wallowing in self-pity. And I’m not into self-doubt where my writing is concerned.
Anyway a good friend of mine advised me to check out the comments on Amazon of the books I have published if I needed a boost. No need. I have them all memorised. Well, only the good ones.
While I was on the computer, I went to my blog to see if anyone has visited recently and found the following comment posted this morning in my ‘About Me’ page:
Hi. Just finished the second Romney book and downloading the next. I have thoroughly enjoyed your writing. The two main characters are believable and the story lines are not bogged down in minute detail like many other detective books tend to be. Well done and thank you!
Carole, thank you for your most timely, welcome and encouraging comment.
I’m not known for dishing out good advice, let alone taking it (you should see the train wreck that my life is) but today I will make an exception. Here’s something that all writers slaving away at their art could do worse than to take note of: If you’re looking for recognition and validation of your work, as I am, you need only look as far as what your readers take the time and trouble to let you know what they think. No one’s opinions matter more than theirs.
well your blog post made me smile, and then I saw the picture at the top and laughed – so thanks for that. Went to Dymchurch today and thought of you. In eager anticipation.
Thanks for the comment and the thought in my old home village. How was the weather and did you have fish and chips? Regards.
Please don’t kill Romney off. I am looking forward to reading more
OK. Just for you, Mandy – Romney will return. Thanks for caring. I’ll be starting a fourth sometime in the summer. Best wishes.
Commiserations on not being on the list. I agree that you need to take heart from the readers that make the effort to say nice things about your writing.
Cheers, Pete. I appreciate your comment. I’m almost over the crushing disappointment to the extent that I don’t feel crushed any more. Regards.
Well, I love your books and think they have made a wrong choice! I have read some utter drivel published books and thoroughly enjoyed yours. When your head is out of the cake, can we have some more please 🙂
What a lovely comment and one that put a smile on my face. Many thanks. Your kind support is much appreciated. Cake actually makes quite a nice pillow, but when I’ve had enough, just like Arnie, I’ll be back. Best wishes.