Three posts in one day?
Yeah, I know, I know, it’s been a crazy day, but I wanted to come on here and thank everyone for their kindness and help today, Everyone was amazing. I asked readers, with a giveaway incentive, if they had some time if they could leave an honest review and vote for the review that they felt was the most helpful whether it was a one star or a five star. Their votes pushed the most helpful reviews up and I devoured them. I also got to stalk reviewers and bug the heck out of them with questions 🙂
Thanks to readers giving up some time today and helping me out, I was able to get some really great feedback and find out how to make The Promise even better. I had an awesome time chatting with one star, two star, three star, etc. reviewers and got some answers that I was looking for. They were really patient and answered my nagging questions that I had about their reviews, what didn’t work, how did I miss the mark, etc. I got a lot of great answers that I am using.
Not many of you know this, but The Promise played out in my head for the past two years. I saw everything, the beginning, the middle, how they fall in love, the moment they realized that they were in love, everything and that included the ending. The ending was going to be insane, it was going to be heartbreaking, make the reader cry, and just thinking about it actually brought tears to my eyes, but there was just one problem.
It didn’t fit.
In order for it to happen, I would have to force it to work and have Reed do something that he would never do. I was going to have him break Joey’s heart. I just couldn’t do it and I couldn’t make it fit. I wrote the entire ending and when I added it, it was just wrong. It was like two different books being squeezed together. So, I let Joey and Reed write their own ending.
It was easy because they had a very easy, sweet romance that didn’t need any drama. It just ended. I wanted more, but I had to accept that it was done. But, I still wanted more for them.
Thanks to the negative reviews and the positive reviews that let me know where I slipped up, I think I have this figured out. So, thank you so much for leaving reviews, bad, good, and in between. They helped so much and I am so damn thankful that you left as much feedback as you did.
I am currently playing with The Promise, having a little more fun with this story, and I am adding several more chapters, filling in the blanks that many readers needed, and when it is done, the book will be free for an automatic (I think it’s automatic?) update. Either way, I will let you know 🙂
For those of you who have enjoyed The Promise as is, I hope this makes the story better 🙂
Thank you, everyone, that took the time today to help out!