If you’ve read my blog, then you’d know that on January 2, 2019, I asked the universe a really big question and, in turn, received a REALLY BIG ANSWER that changed my life. That insight was like a mandate from the cosmos, and through thick and thin, I have remained faithful to my cause.
The process of creating a first book is not for the faint of heart. Though the writing and illustrating flowed well from the start, the rest of the process took a considerable amount of time, patience and a willingness to let go of control. It also took a commitment to stretch my learning curve far beyond what I thought I ever could. Have I mentioned that I am super low-tech?
Book birthing takes a lot of humility, too, because even though you and your family and friends may think that you have written a wonderful book (by divine decree, no less), it just may take longer for the rest of the world to catch on.
For example, I had a reading scheduled at a local bookstore on January 4, 2020, (one year and two days from the mandate, and one year and one day from today)! I was set to share my book right after the regular story time, which meant that there would be a built-in audience. The bookstore was also going to announce my reading ahead of time in an email blast that would go out to all of its subscribed members! Plus, I had quite a few friends who were going to come.
I was excited and arrived early. Story time, however, had already finished and people were leaving. I found the store manager who didn’t even realize that I was coming in. Nothing had been prepared, and you could not even understand the person on the loud speaker who was finally announcing me to no one in particular left in the store.
So, my husband and fourteen friends became my audience along with two holdovers from the original story time, who stayed even though they had no clue what I was doing there! It wasn’t exactly the “debut” that I had imagined, but it was still fun, some books were sold, and it was a good experience for me.
I was never told, after all, what the outcome of writing my books would be, only that I was to write them. Faith is what keeps me going. I choose to be motivated by the energy of love and trust that something beautiful will be on the other side – for me as well for those who buy my books!