Hey there blog that I love so much! I'm back. Sorry for the extended absence. There were holidays book orders to fill, presents to wrap, family members to host, and three little girls to entertain over a very long break from school. And I've got some new ideas brewing in my head that I'm trying to work out on paper. The idea brewing phase of writing is the trickiest for me. Once I get everything sorted in my mind, I love getting the words out. But if I don't have the idea well sorted, getting the words out becomes a giant painful mess. Since I'm the least patient person in the universe, I often rush this part and then wind up back at the drawing board. All of which is to say, it wasn't you, it was me. I lost my mojo. I'm sorry.
But then I got this lovely email from a total stranger last night that woke me right out of my writerly fog. Here's what he wrote:
Subject: Thank you
Message: I just wanted to say thank you for your Star Sisters books. My 2nd grader received the set for Christmas from her grandparents, and she has devoured the entire series. While she has always been a reader, this is the first time she has really taken to a series of books like this. You have elicited in her all the best emotions I love from reading--joy in the story and characters, generosity in wanting to share the best parts with her family, and sadness when the book comes to an end. She is eagerly awaiting the next Star Sisters book.
Thank you, and write on!
--Mark (one very happy Dad)
I've read it about five times. I love the content and that this total stranger took the time to go to my website and send me an email. One tricky thing about writing children's books is that you don't hear much from your readers. I get some great feedback from my kids's friends on the playground, but I don't often hear from people that I don't know. This is a big difference from independently published authors in other genres like romance, fantasy, sci-fi, etc. The really successful authors in those spaces are in constant contact with their fans via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and probably many more platforms that I don't even want to know about. Whereas I try to market myself to my reader's parents (who are also my target readers, but still, there's a difference). My readers don't have their own Facebook pages or Twitter handles. While I honestly don't have the time right now to maintain a heavy social media presence, I understand why other indy authors do it. It's so nice to hear that grandparents are buying your work, kids are loving it, and dads are taking the time to let you know. It does a writer's heart good!
So with that, I'm back with high hopes and lots of things planned for 2015!