As you can see from the picture I finally have a print copy of Beyond Faith in my hands. Actually several copies which the editor at my publisher’s Blue Denim Press just brought here – some copies for Bouchercon and some for other author events where the publisher or a bookseller isn’t present. It was getting tiring, especially to my bad eyes, to deal with e-copies only. And again as you can see, it shows on my face. That tired look isn’t just from not enough sleep, it is partly because I’ve been getting out invitations to my book launch – again online. My face may be in permanent squint mode.
But to finally hold a copy does fill me with joy and a sense of accomplishment (despite the clutter behind me in my office). It was a long road of many revisions, two switches in book launch dates, but it is worth it. One friend said I was really proving myself as an artist. And (this is me, talking), I do get a lot of fun out of it as I can commit murder – all between the books covers, of course. Another friend I used to work with many many years ago – we connected through Linked In – is coming to the book launch – we haven’t seen each other in years and years and…
I guess what I’m trying to say to anyone who is writing a book – fiction or non-fiction, a short story, poetry, a play, whatever. The going may be very uphill, not only with the writing, but with getting it published or presented. Don’t give up. Think of yourself holding that book (a real print book – e-books won’t do it) or performing in a play, or… you supply the outcome.
Keep the long-range goal and wish in mind.
And keep on writing.
I plan to follow my own advice – once the book launch is over .
Here is the book cover up close without my sorry face in the way.