“I STOPPED BELIEVING IN SANTA CLAUS WHEN I WAS SIX. MOTHER TOOK ME TO SEE HIM IN A DEPARTMENT STORE AND HE ASKED FOR MY AUTOGRAPH.” ––Shirley Temple
So now I have officially autographed my first book. Signed. I have sealed the envelope for the bookclub copy for the August bookclub. Sealed. I have received my daughter’s copy of my book in the mail. Delivered. I have officially signed, sealed, and delivered Mr. Darcy’s Promise for the entire world to read! What a moment!
Some of you may wonder how I self-published my book. I first wrote the book. Then I took a 6 hour class at the University of Utah (literally two 3 hour Monday night classes) taught by a hysterical author, Stacy Damalski, author of Confessions of a Band Geek Mom, (definitely worth the read if you want to laugh so hard you pee your pants!) where she walked us through the steps to publish your book. I did exactly as she taught me with very few variations. I asked a few questions along the way, but for the most part, it was painless process. It was very rewarding to see all the work I put into it go live on Amazon.com. I’m not going to sugar coat it for you; self-publishing my book was like working another full time job. But it was full of these moments where we must stop and pause. It was so very fulfilling and rewarding to know that my team, a team I hand-picked, created such a wonderful product to sell. And as of now, I have an average rating of 4.4 stars! So those of you who have read my book (thank you by the way!), take that “moment” and write a review!
But of all these moments in the last year since I wrote the book, autographing my first copy and giving it to a dear friend was indeed the best of them all. And although I’ll never be Jane Austen herself, I do hope she would have been pleased with my variation on Pride and Prejudice. I wonder if she felt these same moments. It is so sad to know she never saw how truly successful her books have become and how she has changed lives. I wonder what she thought of when she autographed her first book for a friend or neighbor. I did read once that the Prince Regent kept a copy of all her novels in each of his residences and she knew him personally. I assume she signed them for him. How I would love to have looked over her shoulder in that moment. For me, that moment would have been priceless!
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