Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A Writer's Ultimate Goal
The best library event ever! The room filled quickly at the Stark County Library, because at this particular library, they can't keep their five copies of Televenge on the shelf. There is a waiting list for Televenge, as well as the five copies of Southern Fried Women, and the list is growing.
There's nothing like speaking to a packed house and selling out of your books.
The warm support from those who had already read the book became evident as they opened up after my reading, and expressed their love for my work. It touched me deeply and I want to express my heartfelt thanks to each person who attended last night's reading.
To speak about your book is one thing, but to speak to a group who is sincerely there to support you and lift you up ... there's nothing like it. Afterward, the books we brought to sell sold out in a matter of minutes. Grateful for every kind word and gesture, I realize this is why I do what I do.
It's not just about making money. It's not just because I love to write and can't see myself doing anything else. It's because my message touches people on some level. It's not just a fluffy story with a protagonist, a bad guy, and lots of pretty prose. Something tangible seeps out of me as I write, and somehow I manage to get that onto the page. It then reveals itself to the reader, who in turn, is changed, blessed, and find they're wanting more.
That has always been my ultimate goal. As a writer, you can't ask for more than that.
Blessings to you and yours.