Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Contest is Over!

My Goodreads giveaway of The Tinkerer's Daughter ended Saturday at midnight. I thought I had scheduled it to run a few more days, but anyway I'm quite happy with the results. There were over 1200 contestants, five of which will soon be receiving shiny new hand-signed copies of Tinkerer. For those who didn't win, thank you for taking part and be on the lookout for new contests!

I have yet to see how this will affect sales, if at all, but based on the number of contestants and the short time period of the contest, I'm considering it a success. I'm thrilled to have the ability to do this, and I've got to give all the credit to Goodreads. They have built something that works for both authors and readers. It's easy, it's intuitive, and it even chooses the winners automatically. Now I just have to put the books in the mail. Goodreads has made this so easy that I might just do it again soon.

In related news, Tinkerer was reviewed over at Bibliophage. I have to admit the review wasn't quite what I had hoped for, with 3 out of 5 stars. The reviewer seemed at odds with the strange melding of steampunk and young adult fantasy, which is not a unique problem for me. I've already spoken here about my ADD tendencies, and I think they are part of the reason that I write such unclassifiable fiction. These stories come alive in my mind and I put them down on paper they way I receive them. When I'm done, they rarely fit easily into any standard genre. Two or three maybe (if not more) but never just one. Tinkerer is steampunk, fantasy, adventure, coming of age, and so on. The Darkling Wind is fairy tale, adventure, romance, coming of age, fantasy... my books are all like this. This is what keeps me interested in writing them.

I know, I know. We like to be able to classify things. We like to pick up a writer's next book and know it'll be a lot like the last one. Sometimes I wish I could be one of those writers. It'd be a lot easier for me to sell my own fiction if I knew how to describe it. Yet, in  a way, maybe my strange undefinable storytelling is just my style. I do take a certain amount of pride from the fact that when people pick up one of my books, it'll be different from other things they've read. Will they remember it? Will Breeze and Tinker remain in the reader's heads long after the last page? I don't know, I can only hope.

At any rate, you can't please everyone and I certainly don't expect to. I'm selling books every single day. I'm getting paid to do what I love. Who can complain about that? I'm grateful to the people who take the time out of their busy lives to read and review my work, good or bad. Aside from my gratitude to the kind people at Goodreads, I also owe it to all the bloggers, readers, and reviewers out there who've given me a chance. Publishing today is a strange, beautiful machine and it wouldn't work without you!

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