Have you ever had the best plans and the best intentions to accomplish something and then you got smacked in the side of the head by life coming at you like a freight train? That was my situation.
Family emergencies can be that freight train. Nothing can stop them from happening and there is nothing you can do but ride out the emergency to get to the other side.
I had just been coming into my own with writing daily to my new blog when I got smacked. Now, I have just a few minutes to jot down a few thoughts before I take up a new task.
First of all, I had my book signing event at Barnes and Noble in Greensboro, NC last night. It started out as a dud with nobody showing up to hear about my story as a new author or my reading of a chapter of my novel. That can be quite discouraging. However, I turned the night into a success by moving the book signing table around to face the front door of the store and I engaged the patrons as they were entering and exiting. Besides selling and signing four books, I also handed out over a dozen business cards to people who were thinking about buying the book. Getting something from nothing was a great feeling.
Second, I have been spending all of my time marketing my book on Facebook and Twitter. I have gained over 430 followers in just one month on Twitter. We will see if this leads to any sales.
Third, I got a great review and five star rating on Amazon as follows:
“A Great new entry into the sci fi world. Waugh has packed his first book with accurate scientific details that makes the premises and settings burst with reality. He develops his characters well and gets you comfortable with their personalities as the chapters unfold their thought processes and actions. Now that I’ve digested Book 1- I’m looking forward to the second in the series”
I owe a dinner to this reviewer. I can’t imagine getting a better review.
Finally, I have offered to be a beta reader for a new novel from a successful SciFi author. I will be reading and critiquing his new novel over the next four days. This is a new experience and I hope it helps to broaden my knowledge of writing.
Meanwhile, it is a beautiful day here in North Carolina, and that makes for a smile on my face and a spring in my step. I hope everyone is having a great day and a great week.