Okay, so I am a child of the "I want it now!" generation. This attitude has only shown me how patience truly is a virtue. It is quite beneficial to be patient. Expectations can be set low, so that success is a wonderful surprise! Yet, setting a goal you reach for, is a bit tricky when you set your expectations low. Where is the happy balance?
These past four weeks have been a learning curve for me. Now I have my book - what do I do? You mean I haven't sold all 3,000 books already? What is that all about? Ha ha. Again, Yoda says - patience.
The learning curve to getting published was huge for me! Getting my book sold, is my next curve. The cool thing about this part of process is that I have two mentors. Two amazing woman that have been in my shoes before, and graciously want to share their experiences with me. Linda Boyden and Hope Marsten are both wonderful, inspiring writers. I have been so grateful for their help and advice.
Getting book signings is a lot harder then I thought it would be. I have one on the calendar and one possibly in the works. The Folsom Zoo picked up the book, which I am so happy about. I would LOVE to do a book signing event there, but no one will call me back. Wait, maybe I am calling the wrong person? hmmmm. I'll look into that one.
The most amazing part of having my book out is reading to kids. I went to four classrooms this week. I read to kids from 6-10 years old. They give me such hope. I read about all the horrible things happening to these animals and the planet, and I look into the faces of these glorious children and feel hope. Children have this unique way of believing they can fix things. Some children stood up straighter when I told them that they could make a difference in this world.
I am also getting ideas, by reading to kids, what they are inspired by; what makes them say wow; what makes them ask questions; and what makes them stop and think. This insight will simply make my next book that much better.