I just received one of my favorite reviews I’ve ever received for any project I’ve worked on. I’ll get to it in a minute, but I want to start off with a bit of a sappy thank-you to every one of you who has written a review for One-Night Stan’s, Thicker Than Water, or Gunslinger, P.I.
When you’re as early in your “career” as I am, and you’re struggling to meet fans online, trying to sell your work to strangers without feeling like you’re just screaming “Buy my book!” at passersby on the street, when you’re refreshing your “sales” page every twenty minutes, crossing your fingers that you’re going to sell just one book today, when you’re managing your finances and really counting on the $12 royalties check you’ve got coming at the end of the month, it’s the reviews that remind you that you actually did something you can be proud of. At the risk of being corny, they remind you that you entertained somebody. That you made them laugh, or bite their fingernails, that you kept them up two hours past their bedtime. For somebody like me whose stories often spend several years gestating, the reviews go a long way in showing me I’m not an idiot for putting so much time into a project.
That’s not to mention how much the reviews help an indie author increase his/her sales. It’s not easy to convince somebody to buy a book when there are only two reviews praising the author and for all anybody knows, they were written by the author’s parents. Every single review is a major help and every indie author is thrilled with each new one.
To everyone who has posted any kind of review for any of my work, thank you. Thank you for indulging my addiction to this fantasy world in my head where you can’t throw a rock without hitting a murder victim, a drug-user, and two people fucking.
Okay, on to One-Night Stan’s.
A few of the scenes from One-Night Stan’s existed as part of a separate (read: shitty) screenplay I wrote eight years ago, but the rest of it didn’t fall into place until four or five years ago. Still, it’s a story I’ve spent a long time with and it means the world to me that people are having fun with it.
There are now three reviews on Amazon, all of them 5-star reviews, calling it “bloody, disgusting, and humorous,” and saying “it kept me on my toes,” “highly recommended for anyone with a twisted sense of humor,” and “I can’t even put it into words, you just NEED TO READ IT!”
The story is extremely rough, but, if you can stomach it, one of the most amazing stories I have run across in a very long time. It is far from predictable and I dare you to try and anticipate what comes at each and every turn. In fact, forget it! Just sit back and be blown away as I was!
When this incredible tour de force is turned into a film, just imagine a screenplay written by the brilliant Aaron Sorkin (West Wing, A Few Good Men, The Social Network), directed by Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, The Departed, Shutter Island, ) and you very well might have an idea of what you will find right now on paper should you venture to the area in and around Greg Sisco’s One Night Stan’s.
Thank you so much, James. Writing a novel that blows somebody away is not very satisfying unless there are people like you out there who let me (and the world) know just how blown away they were. Today I feel accomplished, and I thank you for it.