Little did I know this meme would be a self-prophetic reflection of my feelings at this time. I know we are not to rely on feelings, since they can lead us astray. They are as fleeting as wind.
I want to be honest here: I'm worried. About many things.
My book, The Heart Changer launches in two days - April 26th. Does anybody really care?
I've poured my heart and soul into my novel - based on a historical event. I want my young audience to fill with hope after reading it. Life is too short and full of hard times. We all need a bit of hope. But will my book reach those who need hope? Will it get into the right hands?
What about my writerly friends - and family. Do they care? Enough to pass the word about my debut novel? Am I being too pushy? Too 'in your face' with my social media posts? I have it on a good authority that followers expect you to push the envelope when it comes to posts in the few days before publication.
Have I done enough? Too little? In the best way possible to make my book seen? Will people find it on Amazon with such an obscure tag? I was hoping for a "juvenile historical fiction" category tag, but it wasn't to be.
Will I get 50 reviews within a month of publication or less, which brings my book up in ranking on Amazon? Or more troublesome - will I get any reviews?? What if my readers don't like it? I do understand there will always be a couple of reviewers who for some reason or another, give it a 1 or 2. I've heard those ratings can reveal some truth about my story. Read my post on reviews here.
On Friday, April 26th at 8pm CST, I am hosting my very first author's FB Live event on my Page (have you liked my Page yet?) Will anyone show up? Or will I be talking to crickets?
And my FB Page Chat Party on Saturday, April 27th from 2-2:30pm? Will anyone join in to ask questions? Or will I need to entertain myself for half an hour?
As you can see, I have many concerns. But I understand it's totally normal.
My word of the year is PERSEVERANCE, and boy, I will need plenty of it during these next few weeks! Perseverance to push through the gloom of insecurity and hopelessness, and move towards HOPE. Because this one thing I know for sure - I have a great God. He wrote my story, and therefore, I needn't worry. All those readers who need hope will read my story. I will get as many reviews as He sees fit. And I will have exactly the right friends to join me in my first author's FB LIVE and Chat Party events.
You, see - He is the Heart Changer!
4/24/2019 02:50:15 pm
Wishing you a successful launch and beyond! I relate to all of this so well, though you are walking the road well ahead of me. Praying for all God's blessings on your book.
4/24/2019 08:58:51 pm
Thanks so much, Malinda. Keep on keeping on!
4/25/2019 08:48:59 am
Maybe I should set my alarm, because I don't want to miss any of it!
4/25/2019 09:53:51 pm
I hope I can stay awake for it all, Sarah. I’ll need a vacation after my launch for sure!😆
4/29/2019 09:00:13 pm
Thanks for cheering me on, Sarah! Looking forward to seeing you soon.
4/29/2019 06:36:06 pm
This is not the strong, confident woman I know. But, we all have cares and worries. Think hard of all the memorial stones that have been built on the Lord's work in your life. I know you will have another one built for such a time as this. He is with you! K.
4/29/2019 08:58:18 pm
Awwwwww. . .thanks, Kelly! I do believe this will bless many, which is why I wrote it. ☺️
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My MG Biblical fiction "The Heart Changer" debuted in 2019 with Ambassador International.