Authors are a hard working bunch. It starts with the dream of writing a book. Then come the countless hours alone with your notepad or keyboard, getting the story onto the page and out of their heads.
Days turn into weeks that turn into months as words fill pages that are edited, rewritten, re-edited and proofread. But the dream continues and the author keeps working at the goal. Write the Book.
Social Media Networks are built and connections are made. A beautiful website is built. Everything is set up on Amazon. The author is excited to announce their book to the world.
And then nothing happens. A few sales in the beginning with the rush of the PR work that may or may not have been done. Weeks go by without a sale. What's an author to do?
Get out and start hitting the pavement with their book. At conventions of any kind that might offer a new audience for the book, you'll see the dedicated author with a booth and piles of their book, or books, just waiting for someone to take them home. The author hopes it's you that takes the book - so they're not packing them up and hauling them home to the six other boxes stacked in the garage.
Thank you Derdrui. Yes, stepping out of the comfort zone takes a lot of effort. It would be nice to see events that are better planned and publicized for this section of the community. There are places that do a better job here in the valley, like the Poisoned Pen and Dog Eared Pages.
NanciArvizu, It's true that you never know who will cross your path when you expand your comfort zone to the unknown. It must have been disappointing that the library event wasn't well publicized and that the location within the library wasn't prime. Thank you for sharing how you met Sandra Leesmith. I followed the link to Seekerville, which is an interesting site indeed.
Thank you! It's a challenge ll writers face, hard to get awareness when there are so many news books being published daily.
I know! I'm envious :) Most of her books are set in places she has visited. Lucky!!!
Traveling in an RV and handing out books in exchange for reviews sounds like a great idea :) And traveling in an RV is a great idea in and of itself :) I can only imagine how inspired she is when she gets to see so many new places and people.
Thank you Sheila!
And now, Ms. Leesmith has one more online place where potential readers can discover her and her books. It's a well done one, too.