Follow the link for my first author talk in 2017: http://bit.ly/2AIBcVi
I had that euphoric feeling of walking through Harry Hartog Warringah mall, and searching for my book. It was off towards the back, on the crime and sci-fi table.
For a second I thought it had disappeared, and panic gripped me. I could feel myself panicking as I searched the entirety of the store for my book. And there it was, right next to all the other authors, and their finished stories. I love going to the bookstore, because I feel like they're all right there with me, with all their struggles. Every single author who has a book in a store, has their own story. It was almost like they were sitting in that room with me:
I know Ane, just calm down.
I was reasonably excited to see that one of them had been bought by my mother's friend, and another by my supportive partner.
It is kind of nerve-wracking to know that your book is only on the shelves for three months before it is orphaned and trickles down into a pile of remaindered wannabes. But at the same time, I take the approach that three months is quite enough time to get your books sold. It's completely in your hands. So if you're a new author or someone out there that's thinking of getting into writing, know that you can do it.
Just know that writing is a labour of love, nothing more and nothing less.
It also depends on what your idea of success is. Whether it's having five people read your book, or being the next J.K Rowling, you define your idea of success.
Never give up, people!
Thanks to the team at Harry Hartog, Warringah mall, my humbly self-published title is on offer to readers inside a their Warringah Mall branch. It's a fantastic store, which supports local writing talent, with room for readings and much, much more.