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Write It And They Will Come??


Faith and Hope are delightfully dealt with by Emily Dickinson.

Faith and Hope can seem useless in a world where success is married to money and cheating with politics.

Faith and Hope are what writers have always needed: while writing, while deciding who should publish their work, and while doing what they must to find readers.

If what the author writes has no power to inspire them to faith and hope that folks will read it, folks will probably never read it.

That last sentence has another ending: If what the author writes has no power to inspire them to faith and hope that folks will read it, it still may be read widely if the publisher markets it to the right people.

What about self-published authors?

Both sentences are, I believe, still true

Some authors, like me, feel that if enough people read the book it just may start selling through word-of-mouth.

Therefore, since people reading the book are the Cake and books-sold is the Icing, though my novel is for sale, I still give it away

So, I feel the title of this post should be rewritten. How about this?

Write It And They Will Come
If You Have Enough Faith
To Give The Book Away Until It Begins To Sell Well.

A bit long? :-)

And, since I’m a self-professed maverick who self-published a novel that certainly doesn’t fit into any of the “popular” genres, I must either be profoundly insane to think my book will ever gain a wide readership, or………

I have a deep faith in the book’s worth and very high hopes that word-of-mouth will makes its worth well-known.

Naturally, anyone can comment on this post but I sure am encouraging any of you who have read the book to add your appraisal of what I’ve tried to convey.
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