Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Thank you, Facebook
I spent a goodly portion of my birthday on Facebook, shocked and awed by all the attention I received. It was my birthday and the rollout of my second volume in the "Exceptional Americans" series and several hundred people wished me a happy birthday.
Some were family, some were colleagues, some were friends, but most were Facebook friends, or as I call them, readers. They are the one-in-a-million Americans who have followed me over the years through my many adventures, mainly on the blog. They know me better than I know them, and yet they follow. As a writer, I am keenly aware that without the reader I am nothing, and I am grateful for my readers. A reader is to a writer what air is to a lung.
The people wishing me a happy birthday made it so. I didn't realize that is how it works. I am 62. I am still learning.
The book is now on Amazon. Kindle is taking pre-orders. This time around, I am calmer. I am sticking to a game plan of self-publishing enough volumes to impress a book agent before I seek one. Print is a tough market for non-celebrities. Always has been. Always will be. I will post advertisements and the like. I will have a small announcement on how autographed copies. I did not realize how much people like autographed copies. Books are a whole new territory for me.
I want to than Robert Bell for proofreading the book.
One last thing about the book, while I do want people to buy them, you are still my friend and my reader if you do not buy one. I realize it is not for everyone.