I am losing track of the number of people who have told me they are absolutely thrilled to know someone who has written and published a novel. From quiet dinners to Facebook free-for-alls my friends and family have helped get the word out and have bought not a few copies of The Loyalist’s Wife. Every week new calls and e-mails come from people I don’t know asking if I would speak at a book club, historical meeting, genealogical group–you name it. And bring my books.
From those I’ve known a lot of years the comment is rewarding if perplexing.
I have not changed.
Well, except for being blissfully thankful that, a. the book is out, and, b. people like it. But I am the same person I’ve always been, give or take a little life-polishing on the edges. Talking with folks and finding out what gives them joy is still a favorite thing. Catching up over a slow dinner continues to be another happiness. And reading to my grandchildren, watching their eyes light up at stories, well that is just the best.
But when I do events the fuss over my books and me, by extension, continues to surprise.
Writers often feel alone, misunderstood, confused and even discouraged. I took quite a lot of time before I felt comfortable even calling myself an author. Now the term rolls out of people’s mouths as easily as comments about the weather.
I ask myself what is it about publishing a book that elicits such a dramatic response?
5 Reasons Published Authors are Feted
- While others may only dream, the author actually completed and published that book.
- It is a happy thing and we humans like to have reasons to celebrate.
- Once the book is visible people can see the results of your years of work. (Six in my case.)
- A lot of people like to read and to know the author of a book is a special token for them. They prize those signed copies above anything else on their shelves. “My friend, the author” comes from their smiling lips.
- People like to hear the story of others who have accomplished something. It is reaffirming of us as a society.
For those who are published, congratulations on braving the storm. For those who value authors, thank you!