The other day someone told me he thought it might be better if I turned my talents to writing mainstream fiction because he didn't think I did much of job giving fantasy readers what they wanted.
I sincerely hope that what he was actually saying was that I don't write what he wants, which is doubtless true. I have to believe that fantasy is a wide genre that contains everything from the large canvas epics and swordfighting heroics to the more intimate romance, from modern urban settings to space opera, and the whole gamut of story types and settings between, and therefore any attempt to speak of "fantasy readers" as a homogeneous group is naive. There is something for everyone out there.
Anyway, I was still picking myself up off the floor when I had a reader post a comment re one of my trilogies in the post below (thanks Hisham) , which promptly restored some of the leaking self-confidence.*
Secondly I did something I have been meaning to do for some time, and that is start sprucing up this blog. I began by putting pix of all the editions of my books down the lefthand side. And to my astonishment, I realised there are 16 of them, plus another five in the process of production which I haven't received copies of yet. I hadn't realised there were so many...
I feel much better now.
*[Hey, Never underestimate the effect on the writer of a positive - or even just a thoughtful - comment. We work in a vacuum, and knowing what you, the reader, thinks is important. So go out there and give your favourite authors, wherever they are, a Christmas present. Write something on Amazon.com or amazon.co.uk or some similar site about your favourite books. Or send them an email. Or write in the writer's guestbook on their website about how much enjoyment they have given you this year. Believe me, except for the really mega selling authors who get a bit snowed under by reader response, they will read it. ]