You write a book and then what? You stay up all night and sleep through the afternoon; you don’t get out of your jammies for days on end. You let voice mail answer your phone and you hide under the covers when exhaustion seeps in. You write a book and then what?
You field questions from the curious, how long did it take? When did you get the idea? Is it autobiographical? How difficult was it to get an agent, a publisher? You write a book and then what?
You have to get out of your jammies? You have to join a networking group. You have to be social. You have to find a way to get the book out of your head. You have to be a shameless marketer.
The book is written, the publisher and the agent are found and the release date is past. Your face is in the newspaper; people come up to you in the grocery store and offer congratulations. You wrote a book and then what?
You get reviewed and the reviews are five stars. You want more reviews. You want the New York Times, you want Oprah, and you want Don Imus to invite you on the radio. You wrote a book, so now what?
Buy the book, that’s what you say, buy it and read it and get back to me. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell anyone you can about Belly of the Whale. Tell them this is a book about the pink ribbon disease, about hope, about faith, about life, and about survival. This is a book that will stay with you long after the last page is read.
Blog what you think, what you feel, what you see and what you write…
Linda Merlino, author of Belly of the Whale
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