Wattpad, the social media site for readers and writers, began featuring Beneath the Surface on Wednesday, 7 January and a week later Beneath the Surface reached eighth position in Wattpad’s top 1,000 of their Fantasy chart — and I’ve received over 600 votes and many comments.
It was extraordinary to watch. Every time I refreshed my browser more votes magically appeared. I found it amazing to think that while I sat at my computer screen, about the world people were sitting before their screens, reading my writing. And many voting and commenting.
So — forgive me! — I want to share two of these with you. I’ll be quick, I promise. 🙂
There are so many wonderful comments I could tell you about, but I’m singling out these two, both received yesterday, as I like how they respond to the story more broadly, not just at the chapter level. I received the first in the morning, the second at the end of the day. So I was on a high all day!
The first, from a London reader, has commented after reading Pt.1, which takes the reader through to the beginning of the adventure. Here it is, I’ve cut-and-pasted it in…
You can find it at the bottom of chapter 7 here.
What more could you possibly hope for in a reader’s response? Hooked into the story. Loves the main character. Compares my writing style to a favourite book. Wow. Thank you! I don’t know Jenny Downham’s book, but I’ll sure be seeking it out.
And here’s the second quote I would like to share with you. All I will say about it is, this is my very first response from anyone anywhere regarding my book as a whole, so, as I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s feedback of critical importance…
You can find that one at the bottom of the very last chapter, Chapter 95.
The comments and votes are still coming in. And — human that I am! — I remain apprehensive as I click open each and every one of them.
Thank you all, for your votes and comments of endorsement for my little fantasy novel about an unwell boy who enters a world beneath his garden. And thank you for permitting me this moment of pride in telling you how things are travelling for Beneath the Surface. Which I will end now.
Except to say, Beneath the Surface will be available to read in its complete form on Wattpad for a limited period. The story starts here.