So release week of Galaxies and Oceans has been awesome! From the feedback and comments I’ve seen, Patrick and Aubrey have found their way into the hearts of a lot of people. I’m so proud of these boys and thrilled that folks love them too. <3
Over the first two to three days of release, Galaxies and Oceans went to #1 in seven countries in the LGBT categories!! People from all the world over have quoted parts of this book and told me how much they felt these characters. To know I can touch readers with my words is an amazing and humbling thing. I’ll never take for granted the gift I have been given to reach people, and I’ll never take for granted the readers who choose to read one of my books.
There is a responsibility that comes with writing, with reaching out and representing the LGBT+ community. Our choice of words can impact, can heal, can help. They can also harm. It’s important, as an author, for me to remember I have a responsibility to listen and learn – to hear. I hope I can continue to reach out and help others. Not just readers, but other authors as well.
Just yesterday, something on Amazon was brought to my attention. A cover (not mine) looked familiar to some people and questions were being asked. I took it upon myself to contact the author and, privately and politely, asked if they were aware of a possible copyright infringement. The author replied, horrified. No, they didn’t know. No, they were unaware and thought everything was above board. They’re new to writing, to this genre. This poor author was almost physically ill after realising what they’d done. They fixed the mistake, and all is right with the world again.
Do I want a medal? LOL no. Why am I telling you? Because I was a newbie once too. Hell, some days I still feel like I am. I had people help and guide me, and I like to think I can pay it back by paying it forward.
Anyway, after all the drama that unfolded in the M/M world this week, I wrote a long-ass post about author behaviour and responsibility and then, after much deliberation, I deleted it. I try and keep my GMM posts about productivity and fun, and I want to keep it that way.
So, on that note, an update with my WIP: I think I have a title, but I’m still undecided. Currently it’s at 51K words and I’ve sent it to my sister to pre-read because I think it’s a hot mess and at this point I don’t know if it will see the light of day. *sigh*
Oh, I almost forgot! The paperbacks of Galaxies and Oceans are here and they’re gorgeous!!
Anywhoooooo, that’s it for this week. Remember, be kind, be safe. Until next week…