I was reminded this morning about a story I’d heard before. Maybe you’ve heard it, too.
It is about a lady waiting at the gate for her plane to begin boarding. The man seated next to her reached over and took a cookie from her bag and ate it. She became more and more irritated at his brazenness as he kept helping himself to one cookie after another.
The lady, afraid he’d eat all of the cookies, began to eat some as well. When they both had eaten their fill—and only one cookie remained—the man broke it in half and gave the lady one half and kept the remaining half for himself.
Still harboring anger toward the stranger for just helping himself to her cookies, the lady boarded the plane. It wasn’t until later that she looked into her over-sized purse, embarrassed to see her bag of cookies inside, unopened.
Sharing should be such a simple thing.
Such a natural thing.
But, it really isn’t.
Authors, like those in other professions, have the potential to be competitive by nature. However, I have not found that to be the case.
Over the years, there have been countless occasions for writers to share what they know with others—conferences, blogs, podcasts, and so on. And each time, they share their expertise with seasoned writers as well as those just starting out.
If you are one of those authors who have invested your time and expertise in others, I just want to say
“Thank you for sharing your cookies!”
From the dreaming to the writing to the publishing and marketing, there is far more to getting your book ready for the consumer than you probably ever imagined.
Think back to the day when the desire to write was born within you.
Now, remember the books you’ve read, the conferences you’ve attended, the podcasts you have watched, the associations you have joined.
Consider the people you have met along the way and their influence on you, the bookstores and libraries you have visited as your dream took shape.
The average reader probably has no idea how many hours you have spent writing, how many nights you stayed up late, how many early mornings you drug yourself out of bed to write while your family remained snug in their beds.
Someone once said that the harder you work for something, the sweeter the reward.
That person must have been a writer.
The reward isn’t always monetary. Sometimes it is simply in a job well done… a knowing that you persevered… that you saw the task through to THE END.
Sometimes it’s a particularly meaningful review. Perhaps it’s a note of thanks from someone letting you know how your words impacted their life.
Don’t give up.
Keep on Truckin’.
Hang in There.
Because one day you’ll be doing that Happy Dance.
It will have all been worth it.
How can I turn a writing blog into an occasion for Thanksgiving?
The most obvious way is to write something about giving Thanks—related to writing.
I have several things/people to be thankful for this year:
- I am thankful for authors/writers who share what they know. I learn either from individuals, speakers, books, podcasts, blogs–any way I can.
- I am thankful for my readers, and my critique group whose kind comments encourage me to keep writing.
- I am thankful for those who pray for my writing.
- Foremost, I thank God for increasing my desire to write, my talent, and His leading as I write. Every day, I am aware of His awesomeness in allowing me to pour out His love and provision to others through the written word.
Thank YOU for reading week after week, sending in your comments, and following this blog. I want to write about what you’d like to know, so please send me requests at any time. I can almost guarantee you that I will need to do a little research to provide what you need—but I love it–because I enjoy learning “write” along with you!
Another way to uniquely promote your book and create more sales is to do interviews. Opportunities to do radio, newspaper, and magazine might be more realistic at first. However, do a great job and you may be invited to do a podcast or television interview.
Many of us are members of Goodreads—if you’re not, you should be! This site invites author interviews after a short submission process, including writing a short blurb about why the author feels his or her interview would be interesting to their readers. (Is there something unique about you or your writing that readers would like to know about?)
Lately, it seems all the buzz is about U-Tube videos, podcasts, and interviews.
All things visual.
There are websites which help authors do book trailers, podcasts, and interviews.
But, of all these, which really bring results? Which equate to book sales?
Glad you asked.
My next few posts will deal with each of these, individually. I will bring you the latest numbers in a concise manner.
See you next week for the first installment.