Happiness is a Book Club
There is nothing to writing. You just sit down at a typewriter and bleed. ~ Rev Kane
So, several months before I had published my book, Appalachian Trail Happiness, I got a note from a friend of a friend. She posted on Facebook to my friend that they should read my book for their book club, and have me come speak. I was both surprised and flattered, I mean heck, the book wasn’t even done yet!
Well, this past week I did in fact drive down to LA and join my friend’s book club for the evening. The whole day was great. I went down to Hermosa Beach in the afternoon and hung out with a friend and his kids. Had some Shel Silverstein verses thrown my way and had a couple of hours to catch up with my friend.
It was a gorgeous day and the drive up to Palos Verdes where my friend lives was lovely.
I’ve done a couple of presentations about my book, but this was my first book club. I have to confess to being a bit nervous about the whole thing. The idea of having folks right in your face who may not have liked the book was not a comforting feeling. I’m happy to say that they seemed very happy with the book, I even sold a couple of extra copies.
They also gave me a great suggestion, when I first wrote the book, the book was split into two sections, the main story and then a sort of glossary where I explained trail slang and told some stories. Eventually, in the final edit, I took the glossary and incorporated the stories and terms into the main part of the book. What the book club members told me was that the glossary would have been helpful either way. So I will be sharing that out on a post later tonight.
So I guess I’m an author, it’s funny to say that, but I have a book that’s out and published, that people are buying. I’m not making a lot of money off of the book, but I’m actually proud of 79,000+ ranking on Amazon’s author list. But I’m happy, it’s a start, the most significant step so far to becoming what I want to be, a full-time writer and speaker. So thank you very much to the book club members and in particular my high school friend Suanne who hosted, for helping add one more piece to that puzzle I’m working on.
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