I love being a writer. For as long as I can remember, this is what I wanted to do. Oh, it went through different variations. At one point, I wanted to write for Hollyweird (I was very young). At another, I wanted to follow the family tradition and become a journalist. Then I realized that I had, for as long as I could remember, made up stories, not just for my own entertainment but for that of my friends and family as well.

For a very long time, starting back in grade school, I wrote stories. They’d be called fanfic today. As I got older, I realized I could use my imagination and make up my own worlds and characters and write about them. I’ve blogged before about how my cousin Clarice, God rest her soul, encouraged me to do just that. She told me the story of her father, my Great-Uncle Herb, who wanted to be a playwright. He wrote two plays — she gave me one of them, one Uncle Herb labored over his typewriter to produce — and copyrighted them. But then life happened and he decided making sure his family had food on the table and a roof over their heads was more important. Even so, he never lost his love of writing and one part of him regretted that he hadn’t been able to pursue his dream.

Had he been born later, at a time where he could take advantage of the opportunities writers have to go indie, that might have been different. I don’t know. All I know is Clarice’s words stuck with me. Even as I slogged through jobs I hated, I always did my best to find time to write. Oh, it wasn’t every day but when I could scratch out the time, I did.

So let’s fast-forward to today. Writing and freelance editing are my main sources of income now. I love it. Sure, I bitch about editing from time to time but that’s when I’m having to edit my own work. I know very few authors who are good at editing and proofing their short stories and novels. You see, we know what is supposed to be on the page and our brain thinks it sees it. That’s why we have editors and proofreaders, not to mention beta readers, to help us out.

We know we’ve done our jobs when we start seeing reviews going up on Amazon or elsewhere and when we see comments on social media or get emails telling us how much someone has liked our work. We tend to worry — okay, obsess and fret and threaten to never write again for whatever reason — when the reviews are slow to come. It’s hard to remember that not everyone who buys our work is going to run out and review it.

So here’s the thing, folks, I’m looking for reviews. What I’m considering, as a way of not only jostling a few elbows in hopes of getting folks who have read my work to go post a review on Amazon but to also bring in a few new readers, is a giveaway. I’m still working out the details and will announce them in the next day or two. So, there is your reason to check back here from time to time. I have the basic idea in mind — post a review for one of my books, send me the link and I will send you a free copy of one of my other titles. But, as I said, I need to work out the details. So, more to come.

Until then, let a writer know you appreciate their work. Writers need virtual pats on the back too.