This weekend I participated in my first book festival as a member of the Southern California Mystery Writers of America at their booth at the Tucson Festival of Books. I am happy to say it was a success. We pretty much sold out our stock. I hadn’t interacted with so many people in years and had forgotten how much fun it can be. It was a blast and a half. There were three of us: Mary Jo, Joanna, and me. Rather than hunker down behind a barrier of books, we stood in front of the booth and interacted with those that went by.
I asked one and all, “Are you a mystery reader?”
If they answered yes, I exclaimed, “That’s great — because I’m a mystery writer!” And so it went.
Being successful as a writer is a daunting task. A great deal of effort goes into getting a book out. Most people think it’s enough to simply write one. I have news: writing a book is a mere one-third of the process, and that assumes you wrote a good one. Sales and marketing make up another third with distribution being the last. The Tucson festival gave me a huge boost, meeting strangers who will become my readers. I know that if I had to, I could always set up a card table somewhere and sell copies myself. This was a profound realization. I know I can be a successful author.
Seeing a way to succeed is everything. Our doubts retreat before such a realization. To see no possible way to advance, to move forward, or to reach one’s dreams is a kind of death.
Finding a way and believing in it is everything. Always remember that, no matter what, if the path is unclear, go out, and do it yourself. Carpe Diem!
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