Tom Andry

Novelist, Podcaster, Audio Nut, Father (not in that order)

News: Met an Author, Got a Review, Inspired a Writer

April 23rd, 2012

It has been a busy few weeks around casa de la Andry. We moved to Australia for my wife’s work less than two years ago but, because Perth is at the ass-end of nowhere, we haven’t had many visitors (tickets from the States range in the $3-4000 for coach). This weekend a guy that we were friendly with in the States showed up for a business trip. Of course, since he was a familiar face, we were totally excited and welcomed him like family. Turns out he was just as cool and interesting as we could have ever hoped. In the end, we talked a lot about writing and he revealed that he had always wanted to write a novel. Well, I shared with him the Note from the Author at the end of Bob Moore: No Hero, and he got inspired. We talked for hours about his story idea and he left with a real plan to write his book. I don’t know if he will or not but it was exciting to see him so fired up about writing.

A few weeks ago, there was a convention in town. It was a Science Fiction thing and my wife caught wind of it through the newspaper. She determined that I should go and try to see what I could do to market myself.

Now, like many writers, I’m terrible at self-promotion. So, needless to say, I was not excited about the prospect.

The other thing she did was find out who was going to be there. One of the guest authors was Marianne de Pirres and she was from Perth (we now live in Perth), she has three boys (we have three boys), and writes science fiction (I write…well, you get the idea). So, at near constant urging from my wife, I emailed her. Much to my surprise, she responded. I responded back and mentioned that I would be at the convention and that I’d keep my eyes open for her (which is not at ALL like stalking).

Long story short, Marianne not only shook my hand and smiled politely (what I expected) but she spent an hour with me talking about my next steps in my writing career. I left that meeting a new man. Like a sponge, I soaked up everything she said took it to heart. Writing is a solitary activity. And the Internet, while a great source of information, can overload you. Having Marianne say, “If I were you, I’d do X, Y, and Z next,” was like having a map handed to me. I now have a direction, a plan, and, because of her, strategies to help me be successful. It was a very important meeting and, I suspect, one that I will look back on as the turning point in my writing career.

Lastly, and most unexpectedly, Bob Moore: No Hero got a new review. Brian over at Superhero Nation decided to review No Hero, and, honestly, it is probably one of the best reviews I’ve ever gotten. Oh, I’ve gotten ones that were more positive, but Brian’s review was thorough, honest, and insightful. This review made me wish that he was one of my beta readers as, with the exception of his comment about the cover, I agreed with everything he said. It’s hard to think of your book as being flawed but, after a year, I can see that it was. Brian not only pointed out the flaws I knew about, but some that I hadn’t considered.

Of course, the first thing I did after reading his review was to thank him and offer to send him Bob Moore: Desperate Times. He accepted and I’m eagerly (and somewhat nail-bitingly) awaiting his assessment.

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