Sunday, July 26, 2015

Imagine This

I'm giving away a signed copy of my newest Malone mystery, "Mistaken Identity," to one person who correctly answers this question: What movie inspired me to write this post?


Imagine this: You’ve just brought your newborn baby girl home from the hospital. Words can’t describe the feeling of pride you have as you hold her in your arms. It’s a dream come true. You’ve waited nine long months for this moment. And it hasn’t been easy. You’ve painted and decorated the nursery and spent hours trying to come up with the perfect name for her. It’s been a lot of work but it was a labor of love and it was worth every sacrifice and uncomfortable moment as you gaze at her sweet face.


Many of your friends and family members came to your baby shower and now you’re eager to share this wonderful time with them. And even though, to you, your baby is the most beautiful baby in the world, you want to hear others say that. Several people send cards and gifts and some take the time to call, which you very much appreciate, but what means the most to you is the people who “go the extra mile,” by stopping by to see your tiny bundle of joy. “She’s beautiful!” they say, and “She has your eyes.” And that means the world to you!


Now, imagine the baby is a book.


You’ve spent at least nine long months plotting, researching, writing, rewriting and editing it. And it hasn’t been easy. You’ve worked hard to come up with just the right title, blurb and cover for the book and you’ve spent countless hours promoting it. It’s been a lot of work but it’s been a labor of love. Finally the Big Day arrives and your book is published! It’s a dream come true. Words can’t describe the feeling you have as you hold it in your hands.


You can hardly wait for others to read it and, even though you know you’ve written the best book you could, you’re anxious to hear what people think of it. Friends and family members come to your book launch and several people take the time to contact you to tell you how much they enjoyed your book and that thrills you. But some people “go the extra mile.” They write a review on amazon and, because reviews are crucial to the success of your book, that means the world to you!

Do you take the time to write reviews for the books you've enjoyed reading? If not, why?