What writer wouldn’t want to see that blurb in their bio along with #1 New York Times Bestseller next to the title of their latest book? To the average writer, the reality check of this happening might rank up there with winning the lottery. But yet the writer continues to write.
I’m thinking about this because I just finished a book a few weeks ago by David Baldacci. On the back cover I happened to see the “over 110 million copies in print” comment. Yet the following week, I found myself reading a book by a much lesser known author. There’s no mention of how many copies in print or #1 NYT Bestseller, yet I enjoyed it as much as Baldacci’s book. Wait, did I say as much as? To be honest, I enjoyed it more and left her a review that stated that.
For the last year, I have been reading a number of books by authors most people have never heard of. Some are indie authors while others are represented by smaller publishers. I have found most of these authors through social media and a few were found in the bargain books section at Barnes & Noble. In between reading popular authors such as Baldacci, Silva, Kellerman, Rollins, and Gardner, I have found authors like Dena Rogers, E.L. Wicker, Lori Lesko, J.S. Snow, Wendy Tyson, C.L. Pauwels, Mark Rubenstein, Brendan DuBoise, J.D. Ludwig, and the book I just finished reading last week by S.S. Lange. As a reader, I’ve enjoyed reading every author I just mentioned. Famous or not. As a writer, I am inspired by all. Famous or not.
I tend to use music, art, and sports analogies when trying to express my thoughts. I might do that more than I should but those particular arenas are enjoyed by many and at some level, I would hope, familiar to most. So my thoughts on music, art, and sports? Some of the best music I have ever listened to might have been in a bar or on a street corner. Some of the best art I have been privy to appreciate has only been seen by a few. Some of the greatest sports moments I have witnessed were at the amateur level or with participants just competing for the love of the sport. To me, it’s always about passion and sincerity and that performance will always shine; a permanent marker in my mind.
I can say the same about the written word. There are some amazing writers out there and I am grateful to have experienced their work whether they’ve sold 110 books or 110 million books.
So take in a good bar band, explore a starving artist fair, or watch an amateur sporting event. And while you are at it, discover a new author.
Congratulations to the following authors who have new releases out within the last few weeks:
- Paige Randall (@ThePaigeRandall) who can be found HERE
- Wendy Tyson (@WendyTyson) who can be found HERE
- Lori Lesko (@LeskoLori) who can be found HERE
Until next time…
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