(Above is the link to Amazon.com)
Here I am on the edge about to plunge into the world of publishing.
I’ve crossed over from dreaming about it, to making it real. The book has now been published.
And there is this part of me that still doesn’t quite believe it…pinch me!
There was for a moment that insecure part of me that insisted ‘It’s not good enough.’ These are the demons that have bound me in ‘If only…’ for the majority of my life.
I am past ‘If only…’
I am past ‘I wish I could…’
I am at ‘I can and I will.’
I’ve been thinking about some of the past conversations I’ve had with members of my writing groups. We’ve discussed success and what it means to each of us.
I can tell you this. Any one who writes a book and wants to publish it really does want to see their work do well.
We want to reach out to the masses and emote, entertain, touch and inspire.
We want our voice heard, understood in whatever genre we’ve chosen to express our creative self. We look for acknowledgement. In all the words we writers’ pen, they hold a part of our soul.
I’ve read obscure books that were brilliant. I’ve read books so poorly written that were best sellers.
And the difference comes down to marketing.
A few years back a fellow who attended a couple meetings of our writing group had published a book on Amazon. Excitedly I asked several questions and then he told us that he’d taken it down after a week as there had been no sales. I pressed for more information wanting to know what his marketing strategy had been.
There in lay the problem…he didn’t have one.
You can write the best book ever but you still have to market it and let the masses know its there.
Books do not and never will sell themselves.
Nothing will for that matter.
Vince appears on our TV screen and slices and dices his way into our homes convincing us that our lives will be so much better with this little gadget he’s selling. How we’ve managed to get by without this item in our lives is really quite extraordinary.
I’ve watched infomercials and purchased items believing that I will benefit.
When the Dermawand was being marketed I had just entered into my 50’s. With the promise of aging skin being tightened I had to at least give it a try, didn’t I?
And I did.
We’ve been inundated with products that will make our lives that much better.
Kitchen, beauty, diet and fitness items top the list.
Take this pill and lose all the weight you want. Workout just 15 minutes a day on this machine and you’ll have that six pack you’ve always wanted…guaranteed.
And now I’m thinking how to market this book…honestly.
Will it change your life?
I don’t know but it changed mine.
I hope that my book will bring some insight into the issue of abuse. I hope that it will offer comfort on some level to those who’ve experienced this. I hope they’ll know they have choices and they are not alone.
I want to work toward a day where we move past judgments, move past negative energy and move past living as victims.
And while I’ve mentioned those demons that still haunt, still taunt, I do know that they will never take away what I’ve found. They are simply echoes from another time.
I hope you’ll read my book and that you’ll take something from the words I’ve written and the memories I’ve shared.
I can’t ask for anything more than that.