In the writing world, you take every advantage and opportunity you can to meet other authors and gain as much knowledge and understanding of the publishing side of things. And as much as I just want to pull my hair out and scream "I just want to write"...it's all about getting your face/name out there and selling yourself. Being aggressive and assertive are not in my DNA and my stomach flops when pushed out of my comfort zone with either of these. But the only way I am going to have a chance to get my novel published is if that happens.
Enter in Friday night...
My husband and I were celebrating our 9th anniversary by going up to Goshen's First Fridays events and walking around downtown. While we were ducking into each store, we came across a used book store that was also supporting a book signing by a debut author, Beth Neff. The old Natalie would have passed by and smiled politely (wishing I had the guts to say something) ...the "new" Natalie...while bile held in my throat...approached the author, sat down and asked a ton of questions. She was so encouraging and extremely kind and patient as she answered all my questions, while praising me for all the hard work I've been doing! I know it may not sound like much to you, but this was HUGE for me. Huge.
At the end of our twenty minute conversation, I ended up buying her book. Hey, gotta help a sister out! I haven't started reading it yet, but when I'm finished, I will post my review...because I know you care:)