The road from sitting down to write a book and finally holding it in your hot little hand is long with lots of peaks and valleys to conquer. My book was released on June 15th, but it took a long time to get the final cover up on Amazon.com, due to the fact that we first had Advanced Reader’s Editions. Then, for whatever reason, the paperback and Kindle editions listed separately and stated that each was the only edition available. In addition, the reviews only showed with the paperback. However, yesterday, we finally got them linked together, which felt like GOAL! Today when I checked to make sure the link works, I discovered yet another 5-star review had been added! So, at last, everything seems to be up and working perfectly. As authors, our books are our babies and we fret and sweat until everything about them is cool.
As another little added bonus, I received a package from the Public Safety Writers Association yesterday that contained a super nice tote bag celebrating the 10-year anniversary of same. I am one of the charter members, which means I was a member of the original Police Writers Club (back in the 90s) and just slid right on over when it evolved into PSWA in 2005 and remain a member in good standing. This organization is chocked full of other writers and authors who will help you with any question you might have and they never compete and always applaud the accomplishments of their fellow members. I’m very proud to have been among them for the last 20 years.
So, as my title says, being a writer/author isn’t about money (which so many folks believe it is) because there’s not a lot of it involved, unless you are one of the “big dogs” that we do sometimes get to run with. It’s about the great organizations we get to work with and the people we grow to love as our buddies and special friends. That’s worth it all and that, my friends, is what it’s really about.