I am in the middle of a full swing blog tour right now. Somehow, in the minds of all that know me, this equates to selling thousands of books. I almost titled this blog post misconceptions of the indie kind, because basically that’s what this is.
A funny thing happens when you put a book out there for the world to see.
Everyone suddenly believes that you are instantaneously, and without any effort, famous.
And of course if I’m famous, I’m obviously suddenly wealthy as well.
I’m an indie author, self published, but I have to believe this happens to anyone who has every published a book. Traditionally or otherwise. It can’t just be my friends and acquaintances, that are this misguided and silly.
Inevitably I respond to their question with a question of my own, “Well. . . have you read my book?
This is generally followed by stuttering, a sheepish look, and barely coherent muttering to the tune of, “I’ve been meaning to get to it. . . .”
“So if you haven't read my book, and you are my friend, what could possibly give you the impression that anyone else has read it?”
Mind you, this probably isn’t the nicest response to someone who honestly means well, and wishes me all the success in the world. But it makes me want to scream.
Every. Single. Time.
"I am not famous! I barely make enough each month to cover date nights with my husband! This is some gosh darn hard work!"
So please, bite your tongue next time you feel like asking me if I'm famous yet.
I’m pushing a giant boulder up a mighty big hill.
A mountain really, with a peak I can’t even see.
How do you really think it’s going?
I'm not famous, but I’m surviving, I’m pushing, I’m struggling, and I’m writing.
So I guess you could say it’s going well enough.
(Shameless plug here, but if you'd like to follow my blog tour you can connect through my website at www.lmlong.net)