Tomorrow is the book launch of Book III of the Locket Saga: A Coward’s Solace! This past week my schedule changed and i have been getting ready for this event. If I don’t have anything more than what I have written here, please forgive me for not doing any more than this.
This week I have been talking with a few people about the event. I have also been working on my speech for the launch. I was thinking about what it would be like if no one else was there. What if no one wanted me to sign their book. I have decided that even if that were the case, I would use this as an opportunity for me to grow as a writer and as a speaker. I have been thinking about something that a friend told me not too long ago. He says that success comes to those who first develop themselves. This is something that I have been learning all year. Growing and developing as an individual must come first, then success will follow.
It has been almost a year since I sat on the side of the road bawling because I had a blown tire, no spare, and no money to get it fixed. It was that day that I learned that I had friends who were willing to help me. My son bought the tire. Another friend went to get it and another reassured me while I was on the phone. I know that I would still be sitting on the side of that road in my truck if it were not for them. I also know that I have a God in whom is my trust.
I really like the idea of being a self-published author. Someone recently asked me why I didn’t try to get published by a ‘real” publisher and make ‘real money’ with my books. I cannot explain it. I don’t think that she would understand if I did, but that is simply not the path that I am meant to take. As it says in the Bible, there is a way that seems right to man, but it leads to destruction. My gut tells me that is not how I need to go. I know she means well. I think she is trying to say that I am good enough to publish with what she considers a “real’ company, but it does little for my confidence or self-esteem on the path that I am currently pursuing..
I have recently been blessed with a schedule that is more flexible than any I have had in a long time. I think I am in the best place that I have ever been. This will mean a lot to me as I stretch my public speaking and book signing legs. I see my future meeting people on a one to one basis. I like the idea of getting to know people in this way rather than through some big company. I have media coverage for my event. I am really not worried that no one will show up for my book signing. I cannot wait to tell you about it either!
Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener
She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.