I have to say there is a lot about being a new author that is gray and murky. Who would ever guess that the hard work of writing would be a mere cake walk compared to the entrepreneurial demands of marketing a book. Dammit. If I wanted to me a marketeer, I would have majored in Business not French Literature.
I do not look forward to slogging through my social media and email accounts. It is a vast jungle full of those damn skinny palm trees. I pluck the weeds every day in search of gems, but mostly there are authors like myself hawking their books along with other types of entrepreneurs. Some people yammer on about their illnesses and post their umpteenth update to their profile picture. Some post stupid cartoons or invitations to games and argue with others over politics. Still others post about vacations, the accomplishments of their children and grandchildren (guilty). There's so much stuff, it makes my brain hurt.
At the far end of my garden is an Australian Tea tree and beneath it is an orchid plant that blooms every February despite its ugly, confining pot and the unpredictable weather. It reminds me that I need a new survival skill for myself--the ability to find the gems and overlook the weeds and gloomy weather.
I got an Amazon review recently for DREAMING OF LAUGHING HAWK that I thought was a gem for an author. It goes like this:
I work with a daughter of the author and was thrilled to read this book and see what it was all about. I'm an avid reader but have been in somewhat of a reading hump, and not getting through any of my books lately, which is highly unlike me. I started reading this book yesterday and am completely finished a day later.That's a gem because someone I've never met genuinely fell into the story and lived it. That makes me want to survive as a writer.
I enjoyed that the main character moved to CALI in hopes for all things new, as I did myself about a year and a half ago. Although this story is set before my time, I enjoyed the personal growth and struggles of Elizabeth. I truly appreciated how the story made me switch my 'loyalties' from liking and wanting things to work with Collin, to suddenly realizing how wrong he is for her and realizing I too have fallen for the heart and soul of Hawk. I find myself choosing sides in a story like this, but found that it was impossible to stick with my original choice and I'm glad I didn't.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next story!
Thank you Linda for giving me the opportunity for a 2 day escape:)I plan to loan it to my Mom on her Kindle now too!