7 Days Later

 

Well, it’s been seven days since I officially became a published author and I figure it’s a good time for some introspective reflection.

So, seven days ago, I was in a mood where I basically was just curious about what would happen once the book was out there in the market place for public consumption (and possibly ridicule). I didn’t know what people would think, if anything. I didn’t know if I would be applauded or ignored. Happy and blessed to say that family and friends have been so supportive and such an encouragement to me.

Also happy to report that as of September 20th, 18 books have been sold. Might not seem like a lot, but considering that I am not a known author, it is fantastic.

And, of course, as they say, it only takes one match to start a fire! It only takes one person to tell another person who could tell a few more people and then before I realize it, lots more books could be sold.

Truthfully, the Tuesday the book was released, I was optimistically spastic.

At work, it seemed like the longest day. I remember looking at the clock on my computer and it said 9:43. Then ten long minutes later, I checked again and I swear it said, 9:34. By lunch, a Facebook post had gone out about the book and soon family and friends began to flood me with messages of congratulations, which was such a blessing. At the end of the day, books had been sold and more congratulations came in. It was a wonderful day.

Over the course of the week, I remained very calm and curious about how things would continue to go. 

There were times when I thought, what have I gotten myself into? Also, there were the occasional moments of trepidation where I thought, nobody else is going to buy the book and people won’t like the book. But, I didn’t say these thoughts out loud and eventually they faded away. By Thursday and Friday, I started to think of how to get more readers (none family and friends) and how to develop better marketing strategies and create more interest in the book.

And I decided that to enjoy the journey and really learn as much as I can about the book business on my way to great success.

I don’t have to be pulling my hair out and getting upset. I just have to be patient because, as the Scriptures say, you’ll reap in due season if you don’t faint. At my church, we say that every delay is in our favor and that is what I believe. So now I know what happened and I am still curious about how things will go, but I’m always curious because I was trained for journalism. Nevertheless I have faith that it will work out the way it is supposed to and everything will turn out great.

In the meantime, I actually have to finish up the next book, which is a continuation of the novella and I am behind schedule so…

Until next time…