What I didn't know last Monday was that the cover was slated to go up on Amazon at the end of the week.
(Interesting factoid: They give you a multi-day window during which the cover will go online so, though it could have been as early as Thursday, might not be up until today.) Next translation: No time to have any fun with the cover reveal...or was there?
In a panic, I emailed a few close writer friends who in no time put together a fun plan, donated awesome swag and, come Thursday morning, the interwebs were plastered with THE SOUND OF LETTING GO. More than amazed and delighted, I was so very deeply touched by the support of my friends--and of the entire book-loving internet community. Third translation: I've teared up quite often these last few days.
Final translation: Everyone reading this post today is awesome and wonderful and amazing. My gratitude is boundless. My heart is full.
NOW, THE QUESTION. And it's a BIG one (okay, more than one):
- What does is mean to be a writer-blogger today versus when I began in 2007 (here are my first two posts) before the economic debacle of 2008...before the implosion of Borders and before the explosion of self-publishing?
- What does it mean to be a midlist writer (like me) who doesn't get a huge publicity/marketing budget from her traditional publisher and who is also an avid Tweeter/Blogger with awesome friends in these online book worlds?
- In the wake of all this cover-love gratitude, how can I pay it forward and remain true to my own book and business aesthetics?
- Are there changes to be made?