Our Relationship

by Brandon

I’m an author. That’s my profession. I come from a long line of story-tellers and I’m doing my best to continue that family tradition.

More specifically, I’m an independent author (an “indie author”).

The reason I made the choice to publish independently is simple:

I want to develop a relationship with my readers.

I don’t want to be a merchant that says, “Here are my goods. Buy ‘em if you like ‘em.” Instead, I want my books to be the result of a creative relationship between me and my readers. I want to give you the books you want to read, without compromise. I want you to be able to tell me what you want, and I want to do everything I can to provide that.

Being an independent author gives us the opportunity to build that relationship.

A good example is my newest book, Day Soldiers.

Day Soldiers was written as the first book of a three-book series. I know where these characters are going and I’m excited to continue their story in a second book. The second book is especially exciting because it will be the direct result of my relationship with my readers. I’m already getting great feedback about Day Soldiers. Early readers have loved it and that means they’re coming to me with many questions about the future of these characters.

This feedback and these questions help me to craft that second book in a way that delivers exactly what my readers want. This is what makes being an independent author exciting. It’s what makes it humbling and fun. It’s a direct communication. If you like something, you can tell me. If you don’t, you can tell me.

I write from the perspective of a reader. I always have. I write the books I want to read. It’s really that simple.

As an author, I try my best to make every story a roller coaster ride through a world that is both mysterious and familiar. I hope my books leave readers satisfied, but wanting more. I try to make my books thought-provoking, but not preachy. At its core, a good book should be fun, and I try my very best to deliver that to my readers.

But mostly, I just write the book I want to read.

And being an independent author, I can do my very best to write the books you want to read. So far, this method has worked out well. As I mentioned in my previous blog, The Gods and the Builders has already exceeded my every expectation. I owe that to you folks. I really do.

I humbly hope that continues with Day Soldiers.

That’s the beauty of this relationship. You can tell me what you want and I will do my very best to deliver it to you.

That’s my promise to you, because… really… I owe you at least that much.

 


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