Great news. The Last Night received another five-star review.
I don’t mention this information to brag. In fact, the number of reviews over the nine months since publication have been few, but I’m humbled by the quality of the response. New and independent authors such as myself thrive on reader feedback—not for ego boosts (although it certainly doesn’t hurt), but rather, because good reviews help find more readers.
This trickle of feedback also reflects what I’ve always known. Excluding some wonderful case of serendipity, this book was never going to be an instant best-seller for two reasons: 1) I was, and still am, a relatively unknown author; and 2) based on the conversations I’ve had with people, the novel’s subject matter creates either instant appeal or instant skepticism.
All of this is perfectly fine, by the way, because this means everything is going according to plan. I’m in the writing game for the long haul, and as an independent author, I can afford to wait for this book’s readership to grow incrementally over time. I’m proud of Alex and Ed’s story. I believe in it. And I’m glad other people are beginning to as well.