It’s been a week since the book release celebration, and I’m honestly still in awe of the day. As for the numbers—about seventy people came through the door between 10a.m.-noon; all thirty books I had on hand were sold (still available online); with 20% of novel sales donated to the Friendly School of Folk Music, I wrote a $90 check; my only eight poetry chapbooks were sold; five giveaway bags were raffled off; if this wasn’t the Friendly Coffee Lounge’s highest sales day, it had to come close; countless smiles and hugs were shared.
It’s been a week since the book release celebration, and WOW! Days before the event, I started hearing from people who bought the book online, finished it, and wanted to tell me how much they enjoyed it. There were specific things they liked—for one it was the imagery and descriptive language, for another it was the historically accurate details, and others just connected with the characters as if Livia could have been an ancestor of their own. These readers didn’t have to comment. I didn’t know they had purchased the book in the first place, and if they didn’t care for the story or my writing, they didn’t have to reach out at all... but they did. Will every reader feel the same? Of course not. But at least I knew that some readers had positive things to say. That feedback put me at ease when heading into the book release party, because the product being celebrated turned out to be a compelling read to more eyes than my own.
It’s been a week since the book release celebration, and I still find myself looking back at all the pictures. Not that I ever question my blessings, but if I did, this event would have put things in perspective for me. And it wasn’t just the people whose physical presence was with me; there were texts, private Facebook messages, emails, snail-mail cards. I didn’t realize how many folks actually followed my writing endeavors and supported them. Saying "thank you" feels trivial in comparison to the depth of gratitude behind those words. Maybe if I capitalize the letters, it'll make a bigger impact, so here goes--