So I’m an author of a newly published book, I can now sit back and watch the sales roll on in, right? Wrong. Any author will tell you that, while sales are great, knowing that our book is being shared with others is the greatest reward. It’s really about our book, not us. Unfortunately, books can promote themselves, they need a little nudging from their authors.These past few weeks have been a very busy time for me. Juggling a newly published book, work, writing, family and friends, a little bit of volunteer work thrown in there are well, makes for busy times. But I knew that going into it, and I wouldn’t change anything if I could. Well, maybe I’d wish for that million dollar book contract (I keep harping about ) so that I could drop work off my list, but we don’t live in a perfect world. And to tell the truth it would likely be pretty boring if we did.
Here’s a photo from last Wednesday’s Literary Night in New Germany. I was invited to participate along with Alison Smith, a very talented poet from the area. We read from, and discussed, our work. It was the first time for the event and no one knew exactly how it would go over. But you never know what to expect from rural Nova Scotia. We were very pleased by the turn-out. There were lots of books sold and signed, great conversation, what more could one expect? The event was mentioned multiple times on CKBW radio the week prior to and leading up the event. I swear we didn’t even have to pay Mike Richards to do this. What a swell guy! He gave away some free copies of my book this past week as well, and did a short interview with me. He has other giveaways planned with several other Nimbus Publishing books in the weeks to come, so if you’re from the area tune in.
I could have listened to Alison all evening. No wonder her poetry has received so much attention. You can check out Alison’s blog HERE. So that’s been my week, along with becoming a grandmother for the second time. But I’ve gotta say, I’ll take a new grandchild over a published book any day. I can hardly wait to cuddle that little bundle of joy.