PAST VERSUS PRESENT

As my readers know, I write in present tense.  I like the immediacy it gives to the action.   It is also a relatively recent development in fiction where past tense is the traditional mode of story-telling.   While I have had a few potential readers shelve The Twelve Systems Chronicles after reading the sample due to an aversion to present tense, it has not troubled me.   It is unrealistic to expect every potential reader to like my stories.

 

On the other hand, like all indie author - and a growing number of traditionally published authors - I struggle for visibility.   With a limited marketing budget, one of the best sources for getting f my novels discovered are credible 3rd party reviewers.   While In'DTale ezine has accepted and favorably reviewed both Bright Star and Transgressions, I've discovered that many other potential review sites dismiss present tense narrative out of hand.

 

So the conundrum.  Do I switch to past tense including the effort to revise and issue second editions of The Cartel, Bright Star, and Transgressions?  Or do I concentrate on finishing the series?

 

And - most importantly - what will readers who have enjoyed the novels in present tense think?

 

If you have read and enjoyed The Cartel and would like to venture an opinion - the first two chapters of The Cartel are available in pdf format on left side of this page.

 

Or, they can be reviewed on wattpad https://www.wattpad.com/364100903-the-cartel-the-apprentice-volume-1-prologue

Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

 

Honor endures.

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1. Laura | January 30, 2017 at 02:51 PM EST

I love your books just exactly as you write them! I vote for writing more and continuing (not finishing!) the series.

I don't understand the problem with present tense. It gives the book a different feel, but it's not a bad one. Then again, I'm a reader, not a reviewer...

2. EG | February 11, 2017 at 02:10 PM EST

Thank you for taking the time to comment. Staying with present tense seems to be the consensus!

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