When people told me that I would feel differently about my book when I finally held a copy of it in my hands, I honestly didn’t believe them. I thought the book was real when it was finally submitted to amazon and create space. And I only ordered some copies of it to have on hand in case someone wanted an autographed copy. I mean I put a link for how to buy a signed copy on the website, so I thought I aught to be ready.
Ordering my first batch of books
I had promised two copies to a couple of special ladies who helped in the process. I needed one for Lorraine Reguly my editor and another for Kelly Wooden who finally convinced me it was good enough. So, I placed an order for twelve copies thinking that ten plus the two i knew I needed sounded about right. 🙂
I placed my order with create space. I was happy to find out that the process for ordering copies of my book wasn’t anywhere near as much trouble as submitting it had been. The form was long because it was my first time filling it out. But I could navigate all the fields. I never felt anxious that I would buy too many copies or have them go to the wrong address. Well, its something I often worry about when filling out online forms. But everything went well, and last weekend I got my books.
The books came
Around our house my nephew Seth brings in the mail. This is mainly because most of the time the mail is for him. Him and his dad buy a lot of their movies and video games online. So Seth beat me to the fun of opening the box. But he did bring it straight to me when he realized it wasn’t for him.
And I should congratulate Seth. He is at that age where he can be a bit of a smart ass, but he told me how proud he was of me having a book published. I think I have inspired him a bit because he has been working on his own book this year in school. Of course, his book will be fantasy fiction not self help.
Got a shock
So, I brought the box into my room and reached in to pull out the top copy. I didn’t think I would feel anything special. But there is something about holding a book that you wrote in your hands. Its something about smelling the paper and ink, feeling the texture of it, and thinking you did something that may last longer than the electronic version in amazon’s vast inventory.
You are reminded of all the time and effort you put into it, or at least I was. And I’ll admit I got a big grin on my face. Thinking of it again to write this post I can’t help but smile.
Not shy about this photo
So, I got Seth to take a picture of me holding one of my books. I should mention that when you’ve been the fat kid and then the fat adult you don’t take a lot of pictures. I hadn’t gone out of my way to be in photos for years. I’ve even been told that some of my earlier photos for the business my smile looks forced. So, when you check out this picture, you can easily tell how much it has impacted me to hold my book in my hands.
Surprised by the response
So, I took the photo and shared it on face book and my other social media networks. I mentioned that I was selling autographed copies for $24.95. I really didn’t know what to expect. I was mainly doing it because sharing on social media was the next logical step. And you know me I’m always about moving forward and taking the next step.
Man was I Surprised by the amount of positive reaction to the photo and to my book. Many people commented on what a big accomplishment it was, how proud they were of me, and how good I looked in the photo. But the biggest surprise was the number of people who asked about how to buy a copy. And better yet two people have already bought one.
Already sold some
I don’t know that I will mention every buyer in the future like I did on face book and like I am doing here. But these first two are special as they made me feel so good about myself and the whole project by stepping up and spending their hard earned money.
First, is Kerry Kijewski. She is a visually impaired woman from Canada who blogs about her life growing up a blind woman. She also writes about her past travels. She aspires to be a travel blogger. I have been happy to have encouraged her and to help introduce her to other bloggers and blogging groups. You can find her at http://kkherheadache.wordpress.com
Second, is my cousin Rocky Ivey from South Carolina. That is where my dad was originally from. I thought it was so cool that Rocky wanted a copy of it to display in his man cave. We all know that no man is going to put something there unless he really likes it. That’s the whole purpose of having a man cave. Its your space to do with whatever you want. So thanks Rocky.
And while she hasn’t bought a copy yet, my aunt Wanda Surber was at the house the next day. She took a copy with her. She had to rush off to work selling tickets for one of the carnivals in the area. She promised to pay for it when she gets back and when I will have time to sign it for her. So thanks to you too Wanda.
Learning how to sign my book
So, now I’ve sold two copies, and I have two more to sign that I promised to good friends; now I’m kind of in a spot. lol You see my hand writing has never been great. And its gotten worse over the years. That plus its not like the page in the book where I would sign it has raised lines. I am going to have to practice. 😉
There is a device called a writing guide that some blind people use for something like this. And at a recent hotel stay they made signing the register easier by putting a piece of scotch tape along the signature line. If I had been smart, I would have been asking other visually impaired and blind authors how they handle this.
Mailing them out
And of course, there is no easy way for me to address the shipping envelopes and get them to the post office. I imagine that could be handled with a printer and labels, but there again its something I hadn’t planned for. I also imagine that if I had an account they would pick up the books here. But for now I’m going to depend on the family to help out.
The point is if you buy an autographed copy of my book I will do everything in my power to get it signed with an appropriate message and mailed off to you as soon as possible. I hope that this will be the same day as payment is received. But if it isn’t, rest assured its not for lack of effort. 🙂 And like with everything else I do the more I do it the better I will get at it.
I believe in being totally honest, so I’m going to admit something here. I’m telling you this in hopes that it will help you. I realize that I was not prepared for actually signing and sending out my book.
What this tells me is I wasn’t sure it would sell. In my heart of hearts i Must have been wondering if anyone would really want to have a copy signed by me in their home. And more importantly I believe I was wondering if they would want to pay what I was asking for them.
With this secret doubt I still managed to sell two copies, have another sale pending; and have many people asking how to buy a signed copy. So, I have to ask myself how much better would I be doing if I had shown confidence. What if I had ordered the print copies weeks earlier? What if I had started practicing my handwriting, started looking into adaptive devices, and checked into how I would handle sending them out.
What if in deed. So, please have faith in yourself and in anything you are doing. And don’t just say you believe take the steps to show yourself, your family, your god, or the universe that you believe. Now, I got to go find me a pen and some paper to start practicing. 😀
Thanks for your help
Now, I want to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged me along the way. For those of you who have read my posts about the book and share them or commented on them; thanks so much. I know that when a friend gets caught up in something to the point that it becomes their only topic of conversation it takes a really good friend to keep listening. So, thanks for that.
This whole process has been hard and taken so much longer than I thought it would. And it would have been so much harder without knowing so many people were pulling for me and hoping for my success.
Sharing is caring
Now, I’m going to ask you for your help one more time. I want you to share the link to this post or to the sales page for the autographed copies or both with your friends, family, and coworkers. I want you to click the links to share on social media and encourage your networks to do the same. And if you have a project you need my help with, I hope you know you just have to ask.
I love hearing from you either in the comments or via email. If you have questions, just ask. If there is something you need to share with someone who you know will listen, then I’m here for you. and if you have achieved some great milestone in your own life, I hope you will share that with me too.
Thanks so much for your love and support and take care out there, Max