Hugs Aplenty! #HuganAuthorDay 2013
Many of my friends have written books. It's a remarkable feat in and of itself: in the cracks of an already full and busy life, they toiled at odd hours or on rare and costly retreats, drafting and redrafting the best possible ways to say a million different things about an idea that'd been burning a hole in their soul. They worked up the courage to share that idea with loved ones, friends, an editor or two or three hundred. They faced the hard realities of the publishing industry--increasingly demanding of an author's time for ultimately not a lot of money. They committed themselves passionately to their work, all the while striving to not lose their humanity while they built their brand and platform and invited the world to treat them like nothing more than the words on their pages or the concepts in their chapter titles. They dealt with the indignities of being misunderstood by reviewers, interviewers, readers, audiences, even their publishers. They sweated their Amazon ranking, loitered in the subject-specific aisle of their local Barnes and Noble, cyberstalked GoodReads, bookmarked the Library of Congress.