“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me”-C. S. Lewis
As any writer knows, it’s not enough to just write a book. You must be willing to market yourself as well as your work. It’s a hard thing to do; putting your baby(book) out their for all sorts of criticism whether it’s good or bad. I took a deep breath and let it out and after I introduced myself, I began each sentence with, Do you read romance novels?
On July 25th, I had the pleasure of being the guest author at the Ladies in White book club. These are nurses, in varied fields of medicine, that come together once a month to relax and enjoy each others company. They take turns hosting the club in their homes, to eat, drink and share opinions regarding their chosen tomes.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book”-Ernest Hemingway
This particular evening turned out to be a lesson of interest for me. To hear the women express their opinion regarding certain chapters, paragraphs or moments in You Need Love Like I Do, the story seemed to come alive. I also learned to work on tempo, description and what does and doesn’t work for a reader. All of these things of course are opinions not to hurt but to help regarding my future books.
To move forward, you must not be afraid of people’s opinions. These, like everything else in life, if taken for what they are worth, will help the author to become stronger and better at his craft of writing.
Many thanks to the ladies-Kim Edmunds, Christal Delong, Jennifer Lambert and Jodi Lalla. It was a pleasure!
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must write it.”-Toni Morrison