Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Self Doubt, Reaching Global Audiences & The Seven Year Itch

Nothing in The Seven Year Itch is planned or intentional. By that I mean, the first draft was really written by the seat of my pants. The characters presented themselves to me, one or two at a time. I didn't really "create" them. J.J. came to me as the FBI Agent I used to work with. Tony came to me as the cute Italian agent who bought me cannoli during a trip to the New York field office. Jack Sabinski, appeared to me as a mix between Ed Grant and Archie Bunker (if you don't know those references, I hate you). After everyone showed up, I realized that I had a pretty diversified cast of characters--which I thought was pretty cool. It's also somewhat representative of what it's actually like working in FBI Headquarters. Although I didn't PLAN them, I certainly hoped they would appeal to a wide audience and that people would just take the story for what it is--a cool novel about FBI counterintelligence agents and the spies they chase. I hoped the readers would see the people as people in side this crazy world.

But trust me, I had my doubts about whether this formula would work. At the end of the day, I knew I had written the story that was on my heart. So I  just let 'er rip and hoped for the best.

Well, recently I found this very cool site ( that provides you with a link to your Kindle book in every region in which it's sold. My link is Every now and again, I check to see where in the world The Seven Year Itch is selling. We authors can't help ourselves. Every little boost to our ego counts. I was pretty surprised to see that it has sold in Canada, the UK, France, and Germany, in addition to the United States.

How cool is that?

But then TODAY, I check out the Amazon UK page and find this...

5.0 out of 5 stars The seven Year Itch 29 May 2013
By Mrs Ann Vellinga
Very good read, kept you thinking all the time. Looking forward to the next book. I hope S D Skye has written more and they are on Kindle.

There is an earlier review (4 stars) but that was part of my virtual book tour and based the unrevised version of the book.

This one is just a random reader leaving a review!

After doing my cartwheel (no easy feat, mind you), I couldn't help but feel grateful that I've been able to reach folks around the world. Twelve of them maybe, but folks nonetheless. (I haven't looked at the numbers.)  Sometimes when you're in the headspace where you wonder if you're spinning your wheels or if you should've done something differently, a little thing happens that helps you to know that you're going in the right direction.

Things will be okay if, in the words of Dory (Finding Nemo), you "Just keep swimming."

So, hunkered down more than ever with Book 2. It's coming in August--and better than Book 1 (if I do say so myself). The ending will leave you saying, "WHOA! Didn't see that coming!" Yet, you'll know it was supposed to happen.  And you'll be SO ready for Book 3!

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