If anyone wants to know why I write this is the definitive, joyous, life-affirming, beautiful answer.
I received an e-mail this morning from someone I don't know, from where I have no idea. It reads:
"Hi there :)
I loved your novel and was wondering if I could be placed on the list for a paperback copy?
That's as good as any acceptance letter from any agent, better than a review in the New York Times.
I've found a new reader and made a connection. There is no better feeling in life. It almost makes me want to cry but I'm going to laugh and cheer instead.