Tentatively I approached a few of my friends about reading my first novel. They all expressed enthusiasm and I sent them out electronic copies.
Once again the waiting game began, nerve-racking.
I continued working on the second and third novels in the series, Becalmed and Capsized, and tried to stay focused on the process.
Then I received a card in the mail from one of my beta readers. It contained a Starbucks card and statements about how much my reader wanted to visit Crescent Bay, the fictional village where my story takes place. The Starbucks card was a reference to how large a part coffee plays in the first book.
Success! I still keep the card nearby to read on those days when writing is a challenge.
Then a couple weeks later I got an email from another beta reader. The beginning was a typical email from a friend but she ended it with “or I could move to a small village…” and she went on to describe the main theme of my book. Hurray.
Feeling more at ease with my first book, I dove back in to finish the race.
As an avid reader I have always enjoyed discovering a series that had been out long enough that I could binge read the full story. Since I am a self-published author, I can decide when my novels are published. I had decided to release all three books at the same time on October first, my favorite month of the year.
Hopefully Chronos would be on my side.