Surprises? Along the way there have been a few. Like the cover of my third book printing out as gray, not the blue you see displayed on the sidebar image. “Oh well,” said the designer. “Oh well,” said the publisher.
A friend made up a song: “Sell…gray books in cyber space,” he sang. “And put on a happy face.” So that’s what I did. The gray color really doesn’t matter.
And then there were the awesome surprises revealed by Google. A routine search brought up reviews of my books. Not on Amazon, but on blogs!
Blogs? Yes, book review blogs were new in those days. (And 2010 wasn’t all that long ago!) These dear reviewers bought my books and then wrote about them: Alexa (First Impressions) and Meredith (Austenesque Reviews), and Jane (Reading, Writing, Working, Playing), and Chautona (Paradoxology). I remember sitting there just staring at the screen. Talk about shock and awe!
I must also add my cousins to the list–who read my books and liked them. Okay, so my mom sent them copies, but still. (I begged her not to, but did she listen?)
You have to understand a few things about my extended family:
- They’re successful (most are entrepreneurs)
- They have traveled extensively
- They were educated at top-drawer schools
- They’re good-looking
- Most are athletic
I have been in awe of these literate, attractive, well-to-do people since I was a girl. Never did these older cousins put me down or act condescendingly–it’s just that they were just so successful. And I was so, you know, ordinary.
And they liked my books. Along with a bunch of other people. Who would have thought? I’m shaking my head and smiling, yes.
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