In this profession, they say you've made it when you are on the NYTs Best Seller's list, or at least in the top 100 on that list. But what if you were to get your book or books as part of a book club discussion? Do you think that is "making it"?
I recently attended a "Reluctant YA Readers" book club (a group of adults who don't want to admit they read YA but do anyway - lol) at the local library. I really enjoyed the discussion, even though I hadn't read the selected read for the month. After the group left, I spent some time talking with the librarian who heads up the reading clubs. My book, FINALLY HOME, will be either the book selected for the October reading or I may end up on a different day just to have my own book event with the ability of being able to sell my book. The hope is that the second story in the series, THE TIES OF TIME, will be completed and published, so I can sell both books at the same time.
To me, it's not necessarily the NYTs best seller's list, but it means I have finally made it. I'm making a name for myself, starting locally and building a readership and hopefully that will lead to word of mouth sales, which in turn will eventually lead to NYTs Best Seller's list, not that that has really been goal since publishing my first story. It's a nice little perk.
Eight years from the first story being published online after taking a shared 2nd place to the present, putting my book out there for the librarian to put my books out in the face of the public. I've not pushed my books in the last couple of years as much as I did when I first got published, but now I feel it is time to really step it up and put more effort into getting my stories completed and published and maybe shoot for the stars - the NYTs Best Seller's List.
This is an encouragement note, as Heidi's was a couple of days ago. It doesn't matter the route you take to get there, just keep at it and persevere and you will get there. Reach for the top rung!!
Finally Home (A Kelly Watson, YA, paranormal mystery) - available in print, ebook, and as an audiobook
The Ties of Time (A Kelly Watson, YA, paranormal mystery - coming soon)
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