Hey, everyone! We're now 3 months into the launching of '76 Bridges, and I thought it would be a great time to post about the 3 most important things I've learned during this process. You know, 3 months...3 things...play on words! I know, maybe corny, but I just can't help myself.
So, here we go!
Over the last 3 months, there have been so many things I learned, but here are the 3 most valuable from my perspective:
First, Meeting fans, readers, and friends! This is perhaps the most enjoyable part of any author's life, well, with the exception of actually writing. And I have discovered just how wonderful and important these folks are, beyond my personal relationship with them. Did you know books are still heavily promoted and sold thanks to word of mouth and readers' recommendations? Social media is great, events are great, but nothing comes close to the value that readers, fans and friends add to an authors life - personally and professionally.
Second, nothing replaces good old fashioned leg work! I watched Loretta Lynn's movie about her life and all the traveling she did to promote her records, one radio station at a time. I've also read about John Grisham's efforts with boots on the ground to promote his first book - it is still as necessary today, as it has been in the past.
And third, never, ever, toss aside input from those around you - compliments and criticisms are important - you can learn something from either kind of feedback. Readers, fans, and friends have brought things to my attention I would otherwise never have considered. And, critics have opened my eyes to possibilities and opportunities that have proven to be invaluable. Life is a continual journey, and should be for us all, a continual learning process!
Today, we're visiting with the people of Ozark, Springfield and Branson, Missouri - I hope to have a great blog post next week about this opportunity!
Thanks to all of you who follow, read and comment on '76 Bridges!