Becoming a published author was a dream come true. Yet upon reaching my release date, I realized that I’d not reached the end of my journey, but merely the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. After one month, I’ve begun to realize that writing the book is only one aspect of authoring a book.
The modern author wears many hats: writer, speaker, salesperson, marketing specialist, business owner, event coordinator, to name a few. It’s truly remarkable the number of jobs an author is required to suddenly and expertly execute upon completing a manuscript.
The first thing I must confess is that I am an introvert masquerading as an extrovert. I say this because I want to give credit where it is due. Any success I gain is only achieved through God’s design, my willingness to obey Him, and the helpful support of my family, friends, and my loyal readership. Its been one month since my release date and I’ve already seen modest personal sales. (I won’t receive my first royalty report until the end of October).
Am I an overnight success story? No. Am I likely to be on the New York Times best seller list soon? Probably not. Is that reason to give up? Absolutely not. The joy of writing is not gaining wealth or fame, but rather the joy of knowing you’ve had an impact on another human being (though wealth and fame are a nice perk). The joy is found in knowing you’ve at the very least entertained them, or maybe made them think about a topic in a new and profound way.
Every book has a message and I pray that many people read, receive, and enjoy my new novel, Chronicles of Alethia: The Heir Comes Forth.
Keep on writing.