It has been SO HARD not to message everyone and ask how they’re liking my book. What they think about the book itself and whether they think I’m off my rocker forming my stories into a book at all.
Not hearing from them has been even harder. There are stories in there that I haven’t shared with anyone, ever. And sharing them with those closest to me and not hearing back about it right away is more difficult than I imagined.
Having said that, it’s not like I expected a play-by-play. And I’m not going to ask for one. [Edit: I wrote this before I sent them all a gentle reminder that I'm looking for feedback by the end of the month.] But inside, where the honesty lies, IT’S SO DIFFICULT not knowing what they’re thinking.
This will my book soon!
I know that I won’t know what everyone is thinking once my book is published, but it’s different when I know those who are close to me have my sacred words in their hands, their eyes reading my words and their hearts hopefully bonding to mine in my story.
My test readers include many different people I call my friends that I know from various walks of life. I know that they all enjoy reading and most of them have been with me through most, if not all, of the various events from my adulthood that appear in my book.
One friend finished reading it the next day!! Her feedback was good, which is great, especially since she admitted that she’s picky about what she reads. It was very unexpected that she stayed up late reading and then finished it off the next day. It makes me wonder, though, if it’s our closeness that engaged her and encouraged her to finish so quickly? Or is it good?
My words will not be ideal for all to hear, especially people that I know and, specifically am related to. But they are just that: my own. My book is my own account of what I have overcome in my life to get me where I am today. Some are sad, some are awful, and some are really awesome, but they have all helped build me into the person that I am today.
In the meantime, I’ll be here waiting for the radio silence to end (and hoping that the feedback is good!).
Thinking positive thoughts,
I needed this today.