I attended a charity book-signing function this week sponsored my publisher Archebooks. It was a benefit for the Adonis Autism Center of Southwest Florida. I not only felt good about helping out a worthy cause, but I also had the opportunity to talk to other authors and see them in action.
It was reassuring to realize the authors sitting behind that long table have all gone through the very same process of writing a book, finding a publisher, waiting to go into production, anticipating their book’s release and tackling the marketing aspect, with much of the same trepidation I feel.
Sandy Lender, author of the fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods, does an excellent job of marketing her book while continuing to write as well as holding down a demanding full time job. I work to keep up with one blog on a weekly basis while she juggles five or six, several daily. She serves as an inspiration—if she can do all that while working, surely I should be able to do it too and I don’t even have a job(other than writing).
By the way, Choices Meant for Gods is one of the first fantasy novels I’ve read in years so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the sequel.
Michelle Weston, author of another fantasy novel, A Prophecy Forgotten, exudes energy and confidence so it made me smile when after purchasing her book, I learned that signing them makes her nervous. She worries about misspelling the buyer’s name. I worry that when the time comes for me to be in that position, I’ll be so nervous that my shaking hand will make it look as if I can’t spell my own name.
The one thing all writers have in common is the love of writing and the desire for people to read and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Maybe next year I will be able to sit behind the authors table with copies of The Ride in front of me and encourage another budding author much as I was the previous year.
Have a wonderful 4th of July. See you next week. In the meantime if you want to check out one of Sandy’s many blogs, go to http://www.todaythedragonwins.blogspot.com/. Michelle’s blog is http://mbweston.blogspot.com/.
Jane Kennedy Sutton
Author of The Ride
(to be released by ArcheBooks Publishers)
Tags: The Ride, Archebooks, Sandy Lender, Choices Meant for Gods , Michelle Weston, A Prophecy Forgotten,