Legend's first and so far only review comes from the person who helped it mature as a beta reader. Does this invalidate the review in any way? No, because I didn't compensate her for her help or the review in any way. And she didn't see the final copy until it was published.
I haven't felt this inspired by or connected with my writing for years. Top secret for now, the story I'm working on will make its debut on this website first. It's that important to the Stars of Heros series.
My titles reflect not only my story, but who I am and what the story means to me. Making money would be nice, but I'm not going to sacrifice the integrity of my words for a buck. I write and say what I mean. Packaging myself, or my works up, in some smelly perfume just to appeal to the masses isn't who I am.
Someone asked me this question over New Year's dinner, questioning the motivation for doing something that wasn't selling, or making any money. I gave them the simple answers of needing at least two books to start the name-building process and wanting to finish what I started. Here's the more complicated ones.
New Year's is a moment of new beginnings. Sometimes they happen before the stroke of midnight on January 1st. Other times, after. This is the story of one such event that lead to emotional healing and a new attitude toward life and editing.