Pride and Joy – MY BOOK

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU0MF8pwktg

I keep saying that music is what inspires me, now you know… even in my blogs!

I’ve not been feeling well the last couple of days and I’ve had plenty time to reflect on my latest journey, and now…. I’ve rested so much that I can’t sleep, so I thought I’d corral some of those thoughts and add them here.

I’ve heard that the first book’s been delivered! (LIKE LIKE LOVE!!!) I haven’t received mine yet! But then, I ordered several (and or many)! I AM EXCITED to get feed back!!!! (and nervous and anxious, and oh, just a gazillion other emotions!!!) But the two biggest emotions for me really are… PRIDE AND JOY.

Pride that I did it. I had to be pushed a little because I stopped myself. I had to be pushed some more because it ‘didn’t fit’. Pushed a little harder because I was unsure of myself, because I didn’t write what everyone else writes, but all of that made me stronger and I will wait now to see what’s next… BUT I’M STILL WRITING… Book Two (When I Look To The Sky) is coming along and even when I READ what I’ve written, I see so much growth.

And I feel JOY that those who have read it with me in these last months liked (LOVED) what I had to share and that they can’t wait for more. I can’t either!

I can’t wait to hear more… and I am ready for those who won’t like it, because, as I’ve said before, I’ve read plenty of books that I couldn’t finish, or ‘didn’t get’; it’s taste, and opinion, and not everyone has the same…

My cover designer friend  🙂  shared an article with me from one of his favorite authors and said that the excerpt below made him think of me. I’ve read it over and over and the words in bold really hit home for me. I’ve been told so many things that my book isn’t. Now, I know what it really is…. MY BOOK...

When author Jay Bell was asked, ‘What three pieces of advise would you give an aspiring writer who wants to be published?’ his reply was this: “Don’t take no for an answer. Agents and publishers might join the industry because of a love for books, but at the end of the day, they need to make money. Unfortunately, this means they focus on publishing what they perceive as marketable and profitable. A lot of original voices used to get culled by this process, but now with self-publishing, we all have a chance to be heard. The audience votes with their wallet. Focus on writing the best story you can. If a publisher wants it, great. If not, don’t let that stop you.

I’ll stick with my way…. and I love you for sticking with me.

The LOOK INSIDE feature on Amazon should be up soon, and I’ve uploaded it to a site that is converting to eBook format and will be available on Kindle, Nook, iBooks and several other eReader outlets soon (most say about 4 weeks for availability). I will let you know as I find out when they are ready and where.

Pictures of the cover, front, back and the flat of both are on my photo page if you haven’t seen the finished product yet. (MORE PRIDE AND JOY!) I’m working on some things and will keep you posted.

Thank you again for sharing this incredible experience with me.

Love, Barbara

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