Once the work of writing and publishing a book is done, then an author faces the real road of uncertainty. It’s a bit scary, kind of like having “butterflies” in the stomach. Yet it is an exhilarating tension in putting oneself out there as a writer.
As much as I’ve tried to plan marketing strategies for each of my publications, once released, a book takes on a life of it’s own. In my past experience, unexpected and much welcomed opportunities crop up along the path of book marketing.
I’ve met the most fascinating people and have received correspondence from readers who wish to share their own tales when they relate to the books to I’ve written. Such as the woman from Australia who wrote to me in response to my award-winning memoir. She wanted to relate a story about twins in her family who were extremely low birth weight, born prematurely, just as my twin sister and I were.
Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected brought reconnection with long lost friends and childhood neighbors and from a woman from Ruxton, Maryland who now lives in North Carolina who once babysat for me. I had to dig way, way back in the archives of my memory bank and ask other family members how I knew her. What fun to catch up with each one of those I’d lost contact with and to learn where life has led them.
So, as I face the upcoming release of Book #2 in my Neighbor to Neighbor Series, I remind myself despite the uncertainty I face of whether my new publication will be successful or not, the satisfying connections I make with readers is the most rewarding part of being an author. Otherwise, I wouldn’t feel compelled to yet again to write my heart out.
“Have no fear of moving into the unknown. ..Do this in complete faith and confidence.” ~ Pope John Paul II