You’ve heard of “Meatless Mondays” and “Throwback Thursdays.” Today I’m introducing a new one: Fan Mail Fridays. Once a month or so, I’ll share a positive review of my books or handmade crafts from either Etsy or Good Reads.
As my fellow writers, artists, and other creative types know, it’s easy to get discouraged. Most people don’t pursue artistic pursuits to get rich. We do it because we love it. Creating art– whether it’s writing books, painting, crafting, making music, etc– is hard work. Most people only ever see the finished result, but those of us that create know how much hard work goes into creating our art.
We also know about all of the failures. The projects that simply didn’t work out. The ideas that were better in concept than reality. And we’re familiar with the sad reality that sometimes we aren’t at the skill level that we need to do a project justice. To be fair, we get a little better with every project and every time we practice… but, we’re only human.
With all of this in mind, it can be really nice to receive positive feedback. And it’s worth occasionally going back and re-reading our fan mail.
To get this new series started, I’ll be sharing one of my most recent pieces of fan mail. It’s a positive review that I received for my most recently published book, “Alternatives.” The novel was a “labor of love” as the expression goes. Working on it helped get me through the 2020– which, as we all know, was an incredibly challenging year! Overall, I spent 2 full years working on the novel. Since I was working with a shoestring budget, I did everything from coming up with the idea, writing the story, editing and formatting the manuscript, and designing the cover. It’s not perfect, but I’m happy with how it turned out. I’m so relieved that my readers enjoyed the book too!
Thank you, Earnie and Ellie Efforts, for your positive feedback. I’m so glad that you enjoyed reading my book!
~ H. S. Contino