Readers & A Shift In The Mattyverse

Readers & A Shift In The Mattyverse

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Protector Series, Publishing, Random, Writing | 23 comments

Okay, where do I start? I quit my job today, and am officially a full-time writer. I think at this point, what that really means is that I’m unemployed. So let me shamelessly self promote and say if you haven’t bought my books, you should. It will make me happy. And really, that’s what everything is about right; my happiness? Kidding. Only a little.

On to what I really want to talk about. Readers.

As the past few months have progressed, I’ve been getting messages via Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and even e-mail, from readers. Their messages include how much they loved one, or both of my books. How happy they are to find the series. And sometimes to demand book three. I think this is generally called fan mail, but I’m just a small town boy from Canada, so the idea that I get fan mail, even once, is…kind of out of the realm of what I ever thought could happen. Sure, you dream about this sort of thing, but when dreams start to become reality, your true reality kind of wavers and you start to wonder if you’re dreaming. I know that sounds confusion but in my head, it makes perfect sense.

I’ve been really drilling myself to finish the first draft of the third book (The title will be revealed on my blog later this week), and I’m impressed with the progress. Having decided to write full-time is in all honesty, the scariest decision I’ve ever made. Luckily for me, I have a wife who believes in me more than I believe in myself some days. But these letters and messages I get from readers of my books pushes me so hard. It makes me want to achieve something really great, each day, and I hope and  and write and wish and work my butt off to put together what I want be a third installment you will absolutely love.

This blog post really, is just to say thank you. To all the writers, bloggers, and readers who support my work. Every time you recommend my book to someone, you are doing me a service that thank you just doesn’t quite cover, but what else can I do besides continue to write more books that you will hopefully devour, and let you know what it means to me.

Books are nothing without their readers, and you guys and girls make my day, every day, and I hope you know how much all this means to me. What you do for me touches my heart, and my soul, and rocks my world on a daily basis.