"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." ~Albert Schweitzer
So most of my regular readers probably know that I've been participating in the Samhain Spring Showers promotional event over at Coffee Time Romance (if you didn't, you can jump over there right now and take a look at an excerpt of the upcoming One Night in Memphis - I even posted a second excerpt, in the comments section, when readers asked for one...)
Here comes the cool part. I don't usually do a lot of chats or yahoo group excerpt posts, because I really don't have the extra time. It takes a lot to stop in every hour or so, check the comments, respond, etc. Plus I can't access any kind of board or group at work, so Mon-Fri is out anyway.
But I've had fun with the Spring Showers Event, as much as possible, and I've realized how cool is it to chat with actual or potential readers of your book. When I posted excerpts from One Night in Boston, several people commented positively, and said they had to put it on their TBR list. But my favorite comment by far was, "I have this book, and it was great!"
I still get a little heady (and disbelieving) when I hear something like that, that some random person I don't know has bought my book and read it. And liked it!
When I posted my One Night in Memphis excerpt, with the disclaimer that it wouldn't be out in ebook until July, I got actual dismay on the part of some commenters, that they had to wait so long. Definitely a warm fuzzy.
Sorry...I'm blowing my horn too much, maybe. But I just wanted to share. For someone who's spent a lifetime wanting to write and be published, it's pretty cool to have your dreams come true :)