This week was a milestone for my books. We crossed over into double digit reviews on Amazon, all with five stars. Like the little engine that could, Luza is slowly picking up speed and getting noticed by readers. For me this is important because I want young readers to find this series and take as much pleasure reading about the characters as I did creating them.
Now, not only are Luza and Riley being enjoyed by young readers at my international school in Italy, but I plan to send copies to several school libraries in New Hampshire, Maine, and Florida in the coming months for other students to learn about these books. I think it’s important to give back to the places that have made an impact on my development, so I hope to expand this to other schools in the future. I’m excited for my intended readership to get a chance to read these books. Hopefully, they will enjoy the books and will spread the word to others.
I learned a long time ago, nothing happens at the speed we intended. When I was younger I published a pair of books with the intention of being a millionaire within a matter of months. Either I was lost in the clouds or oblivious to how the world really works. Maybe the books weren’t ready for the big time. While I don’t believe that was the reason for my missed fortune, J I appreciate knowing that readers need time to find your books. When that occurs, regardless of the number of eyes reading those pages, if an impact is made, then my mission was accomplished.
Closing out this week’s update, I had some serious questions this week from my future readers. During library time, several 7-9 year olds came to visit me for a q and a on The Fox and the Girl series. Of course we had to partake in the mandatory photo op. It brought a smile to my face to talk to these kids especially on what motivated me to write the series and how reading others books lead me down this path. While I had to caution many of them to hold off on reading the books until they were ten years old and had a larger vocabulary, I did see one ambitious reader take a copy. Fast forward several hours later and I had to explain what the word “khaki” meant and “a salt and pepper beard.”