That phrase is music to the author’s ears. Sold out! We whisper to ourselves, “Why that means they love me. They love my book. I am a success!”
And when we don’t hear those words, do we hear these? “I’m a failure. I might as well quit writing. I’ll never make it in this business.”
Since we emphasize love each February, why not think about the resources we writers are particularly fond of?
A New Journal
A beautiful handcrafted leather cover or a whimsical cartoon character beckoning you to open a pristine new journal, full of nothing but potential … is there anything more inspiring—or terrifying? Tentatively, you grab your favourite pen (see below) and make that first mark on the page. And then you’re off to the races, sometimes writing at lightning speed, sometimes pausing and wondering if you’ll ever again write a coherent sentence. I have a love-hate relationship with my journals. Most often I assign a specific subject to each journal—and then end up using them as scrap paper because they’re at hand. I’m sure I’d be surprised at what I’d find if I took the time to read through old (and not-so-old) journals.
Love is all you need … (The Beatles)
Love me with all of your heart … (Ray Charles Singers)
I can’t help falling in love with you … (Elvis)
Love will keep us together … (Captain & Tennille)
We sing about love, talk about love, write about love, especially at this time of year. But do we really know what love is?
In the movie The Help, Ms. Hilly spent all her time trying to control her world and the people in it. You might say she was building her platform.
I’m all for building platform, proclaiming our names, and selling our books, but there is a limit.
A constant stream of messages tout this expert or that and each of them apparently knows more about platform (or may I say staging?) than we do. By the way, do you know the definition of the word “expert”? Is an unknown quantity and a spurt is a drip under pressure! I know this to be true because occasionally, even I am flaunted as an expert.