oracne - Victoria Janssen (oracne) wrote,
oracne - Victoria Janssen
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in which i am whiny and want validation

Except for one Amazon review, and of course the brief review from Romantic Times with the lovely quotable blurb, I haven't seen any reviews of The Moonlight Mistress. And I feel whiny about it. I want to know what people thought. I really, really want to know. Did they like the characters? Which scenes did they like best? Did they find the ending satisfying?

Okay, some of my friends who read it told me they liked it, and even what they liked. (Several thumbs up so far for the scene in the shell hole.) I got an email from a stranger, a bookseller, telling me she'd liked it, which for me was something new and wonderful. I should be content with this.

Apparently, it's not enough. And I think I know why. It's because I want validation. Being paid for a book and having it published isn't the same sort of satisfaction as knowing the book was entertaining and that you made people happy. Also, that need for validation? Is much, much stronger when I'm in an uncertain place, for instance when I'm finishing a big project, like I am right now.

I think the need has a different angle as well. I can't control the overall sales of the book, but getting feedback reminds me I do have control of one thing - the story. I made the story. So it's important to know if the story achieved its purposes or not. That, too, reflects on the current project.
Tags: business of writing, moonlight mistress, writing
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