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5-Stars and a Great Review for “Krissy’s Notebook”. Plus a Little Update.

Thanks to Mac and Steph, the Goodreads readers who recently gave “Krissy’s Notebook” 5-Star ratings!

We really appreciate it! And Steph- thanks for the great review; you are the kind of reader we like to reach. You “got” Krissy, and so we’re glad you liked our little story about her and her dear Curtis all the more.

By the way:  Ann-William hasn’t said much lately, but we have been busy working, on both a revised draft of our story “Villains and Birdsongs” and on a new draft of our next novel, “The Last Italian Tune-Up”. We are also on the hunt for models to portray Krissy and Curtis in some new artwork we’d like to do, and we have some ideas for a few new Ann-William images as well (who’s up for a picnic in a creepy old cemetery?).

So please stay tuned. And as usual, we’d love to hear from you! So drop us a line sometime!

Yours, And Yours,

A-W

“Krissy’s…” Readers: We’re Dying to Hear From You!

We have been so absolutely pleased-pleased-pleased to see that copies of “KRISSY’S NOTEBOOK” have actually been selling in appreciable numbers!

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It amazes us every time we see someone actually take not just an interest in our work, but also take a chance on it by actually paying for it.

And it also humbles us. We realize that your time spent reading- even reading what we believe is pretty good fiction, is valuable time nonetheless. So to those readers, we say-

Thank You!

But can we also ask a favor?

If we’ve managed to get you to give us a try, would you please be sure to let us know what you think? Good or bad- we’d like to know. It is so difficult, being a small team, writing and publishing work all on your own, with only the feedback of a few trusted beta-readers, one of us with a Masters in a field wholly unrelated to writing about teenage murder, and the editting, no, editing (sorry) savvy of a guy who got his English BA over a decade-and-a-half ago.

So, drop us a line here at Ann-William.com, review us on Amazon (especially Amazon)- Hell, write nasty things about us on bathroom walls (but if you do that, remember to send us a picture at least) (and make sure you write our web address: that’s ANN (HYPHEN) (remember the hyphen; we’re decidedly not “Ann WilliamS“) WILLIAM.com somewhere; web traffic is traffic:-), comment on our Facebook…

We’ll take what we can get:-)

And in case you haven’t yet:

CLICK HERE TO Sneak a peek at KRISSY’S NOTEBOOK

or-

GET YOUR COPY NOW!

 

Our most recent review is… pretty crappy? A lesson in taking criticism.

We still don’t entirely get why, but it is; a 1-star on Goodreads by a reviewer who’d won a free copy through a giveaway.

We’d been pulling 4s and a couple of 5s and gotten some good comments on the story, but this newest reviewer seemed to take issue with our usage of “I” vs. “me” in the narration style and apparently didn’t find the story all that intriguing, relative to their own personal experiences. Although damn- we have fire, murder and a rather psychopathic high school girl. My colleague and I must have gone to the wrong high schools:-)

But hey, we still have those 4s and 5s, and hopefully we’ll see more of them. One bad review does not make for a bad book, and we definitely don’t think that “Krissy…” is a bad book. Some time ago we said we wanted feedback, good or bad, and now we’ve gotten both.

This does serve as a reminder though, that if you want to write, and want others to read what you’ve written, you need to be ready for that occasional person (hopefully they are only occasional, or maybe you really do have problems…) who’s not going like what you’ve written, perhaps in ways you don’t understand or even agree with. And when that 1-star lands with a thud on your reviews list, you need to suck it up and drive on. Write a post about it if you want, but don’t bitch like a baby about it. Try to make some sense of what the reviewer says, use whatever you can to improve, and then move on.

Perhaps by reminding potential readers that your book, your dark love story that has fire, murder and a rather psychotic high school girl is available now on Amazon.com, starting at just $2.99, or for FREE if you have Kindle Unlimited. And that you’d still love to get more reviews- good or bad. Because not only do you want people to read and hopefully enjoy what you’ve written, but because you want to grow. And because that feedback, good or bad, will make you a better writer.

Yours and Yours,

Ann William

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Thank You Goodreads Readers!

Most recently to Sue Williams, the latest Goodreads reader to rate our dark little love story, “KRISSY’S NOTEBOOK” a solid 4-Stars. We really appreciate your taking the time to read us and are glad you liked our little story.

And to the wider Goodreads Community: thank you as well for the response to our Goodreads Giveaway. “Krissy…” is now on the “To-Read” shelf of approximately 476 Goodreaders. We look forward to hearing from you all! Good, bad- doesn’t matter; we want your feedback, especially because we’ve been thinking a lot about the sequel lately, and about just where our friends Curtis and Krissy should go from here. Readers will recall that their story starts back in 1999, and ended in 2007, but where has it gone since then? And why is it getting told now, circa 2018? What might be happening today?

And lastly, please remember, if you have any questions about the book, or about anything Ann William, you can always drop us a line here, or on Facebook/Instagram. We’d love to hear from you.

Yours, and Yours,

Ann William

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Goodreads asks: “What’s the Best Thing About Being a Writer? And Our Answer Is…?

Well, here is our answer, which we’ve turned into a shameless (but hopefully at least mildly entertaining) plug, written mostly for the benefit of our THREE (oh yeah- 3!) Goodreads followers (you guys rock, by the way, and we’ll try to be worthy).

(the following is a re-print of our answer on Goodreads)

“The best thing”, we think, about being writers, and especially when you write what we like to write, is all the fascinating people you get to hang out with.

I mean: we have this one friend, Kristina, who’s quite possibly a psychopath, and although we’re not sure yet, we think she may have murdered a bunch of people: a couple of her husband’s old high school bullies, a few of his family and even a few totally unrelated people (who nevertheless, to hear her tell it, “probably deserved it”).

And her husband- yeah, we’re not sure what to think about him. Nice guy, interesting, but… there’s just something about him. Something… unsettling. Like he’s not always telling you the truth. Even about his own wife.

We also know this other teenaged girl, “Calypso”, who’s practically a demi-god; can’t be killed, is pretty much immortal, has these scary “powers”- and you should see her nails- if you can even call them that… I mean, damn. Problem is, she hates the entire world, and wants to remake it into what she thinks it should be, even if she has to kill all of us in the process. Which, with her powers, she might actually be able to do, and sooner than you might think.

Our friend who’s the vigilante daughter of a rogue, Vietnam era assassin, our other friend who throws these tremendous, practically Roman orgy-esque parties in her gigantic beachouse (well, used to, until those smiling things showed up). That other woman who lives all alone in a dead world, but who still goes out looking for her husband every day (although not necessarily for the reasons you might think). Not to mention all those other people who keep banging on our door, begging in various seductive, strange or downright scary voices to be let in, so that they can introduce themselves. Or maybe “show us something”.

Of course, as a writer you can’t always pick your friends; oftentimes they pick you, but still, the ones you do end up with are absolutely “the best thing” about being a writer.

“KRISSY’S NOTEBOOK” Goodreads Giveaway: Like Some of Our Characters, It Doesn’t Have Much Time Left…

While things between our main characters Curtis and Krissy might or might not be coming to a very bad end, depending on how good a job Curtis does-

“I am mostly writing this for you, Krissy, because I still love you.

But I’m also writing it for Pennsylvania State Police Detective Lucas Mitchell-

Just in case.

-the Goodreads Giveaway of our darkly twisted love story “KRISSY’S NOTEBOOK” is definitely in its final day!

Thank you very much to the almost 300 readers who have requested a copy so far. There is a lot to choose from out there, by way bigger names than ours, so your interest is greatly appreciated. And if you’re one of the ultimate giveaway winners, we really look forward to hearing your thoughts after reading. That feedback will help guide us forward as we decide just what to do with our artfully desperate Curtis and his dangerous(?) wife Krissy. Perhaps by telling her (possibly quite different) version of their dark little story.

Haven’t entered the giveaway yet? Well, you still have until the witching hour (midnight) of 7/6/18, so please take a look!

CLICK HERE for more on “KRISSY’S NOTEBOOK”.

CLICK HERE to enter the giveaway.

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“KRISSY’S NOTEBOOK” MAKES FOR A GREAT BEACH READ. NO, SERIOUSLY…

And be sure to follow us either here or on Facebook for info on upcoming novels and short stories. We also have a pretty decent Instagram account, so check us out there too.

 

Ann William is now on Wattpad

A commenter on our Instagram page (which you really need to see) recently turned us on to Wattpad. For those who don’t know, Wattpad is a sort of social writing site, where writers can post, and then readers can read-for free-books, short-stories, etc.. It is also a good place for prequels, sequels, spin-offs of existing stories- that sort of thing. Readers can then post comments and exchange feedback with the writers.

And since we love to talk short stories, we thought we’d post a couple of our own there too.

You can find our shorts “Party Balloons” and “BAM! You Are Now Dead!”, along with other shorts and excerpts by clicking HERE. Or you can use the Wattpad button below.

So come by, and let’s chat!

We’ve Got (Fake) Blood on Our Hands…

“Self-Publishing”, as many of you know, also means a lot of “self- almost everything else”. Which in our case includes doing our own visuals. For better or worse, we try never to use any stock images on our site, or our books.

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Yup, totally ours…

 

Besides, photography is fun, and it’s nice to do something creative with your hands, even if that something is a kind of creepy diorama.

 

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“Krissy’s Notebook”, Available in Kindle or Paperback (Stage Blood Not Included)

Which in this case, is a visual we hope to use in support of our novel, “Krissy’s Notebook”. We call the image “Take Krissy to the beach with you, pleeease? We promise she’ll be good…” Of course, with the dual intonation that while the story will (hopefully) be good, our character Krissy, most certainly will not (since she’s a suspected psychopath).

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Sand- check. Great book- check. Gen-u-ine Italian pigsticker- check. Fake blood- check. Seashells purloined from Ann’s daughter- check

So be sure to look for it in future Instagram, Facebook or Goodreads ads. God willing, it will even inspire a few people to buy our dark little love story. For now however, one of our favorites is shown below.

***By the way, if anyone wants to read/review the paperback we used for the image below, send us an email. We’ll mail it out to you @ N/C. Just be forewarned: it does have a little fake blood on it:-)

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“Take Krissy to the beach with you- pleeease? We promise she’ll be good…”

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