It happened. I’d heard people talk about it, in writing groups and elsewhere, but had never felt the emotion that overtakes when it happens to you.
The other day, a friend of mine rang me up and said; “Guess what? Your book isn’t in the book-store.”
“Of course not,” I replied. Patience, dear friend, patience.
“No, you don’t understand. I asked if they had it and they told me it had been sold.”
“Well are they going to get some more in?” I finally retorted.
But the feeling inside was one of wanting to jump out of my skin. My book? Sold? Like…wow!
I heard a story recently from another writer who told me that she went into a book-store not for one minute expecting to find her very own book on the bookshelves. But that’s exactly what happened. She picked it up, took it to the man behind the counter, and said;
“This is my book.”
And he replied;
“Not until you pay for it.”
There are many more stories very similar I could pass on, but the essence of the story is that no matter how many books you have published, the feeling of seeing your book on the shelves of a book-store will never fade.
It’s the passion we feel in actually writing the book that contributes to the sentiment we feel in seeing it bought. The process is a hard one, as I know only too well. But if it wasn’t hard, then why would we bother? And the old line never falters that hard work never hurt anyone. Besides, the harder it is, the better we feel.
So my first time is over. There’ll be a second – and a third. But I only wish I could have seen the expression on my face when my buddy called to tell me the good news. I guess the strength of feeling contributes to the quality of the manuscript. If we didn’t feel strongly we wouldn’t try hard. And if we didn’t try hard our chances of succeeding would be slim indeed.
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NB: If outside of Australia, ‘Prism’ is available at all good on-line bookstores.