That something doesn't have to be massive, like a #1 Best-Seller, or anything quite as dramatic as that (although that would be lovely). Nope, what keeps us going are the little things. The email that says: "thanks for reviewing my book", or "read your book and loved it"; perhaps it's the review posted by a stranger that makes you stop and smile; or maybe it is just someone going out of their way to retweet or repost one of your social media posts.
These are the things that truly make an Author's day.
In this past week, I've been blessed enough to have many of these things happen and I'd just love to share one of them with you today. Perhaps after you've read this you'll understand how easy it is to please some Authors (well, this one anyway!)
Now, I have no illusion as to my own abilities in this area. I'm not a professional editor, I'm not an English major, and most people say I'm obsessed with commas, but I do have some experience as a newspaper reporter, that has helped me hone my skills at spotting errors in typewritten stories.
So, I offered my services to the world and to date nobody has applied, but that's fine. I'm good with that. More time for me to write.
I do, however, proofread for a good friend of mine, a crazy Welshman, who is a master story-teller, by the name of Colin Griffiths (Check him out). amzn.to/2a8nYHa
I did put my name on his last book, Someone Else's Dream, as the editor of record, so I guess that is the best testimonial for my work.
I just give him a nod and he says go,
He looks at my words with a smile on his lips,
He gives them a turn, he gives them a twist,
He checks my narratives and takes them away,
And returns them saying what I want them to say,
He looks at the scene, he looks at my style,
The changes he makes, go that extra mile,
When he sends it back, saying all is done,
I think of the book, and the award that I won,
He's says he's not special, just does what I can't,
You may not know of him, well his name is Grant
Thank you mate
Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. (Maraming, Maraming, Salamat Po!)
I now understand what the term "bromance" means and I think we are rapidly having one. Even my darling wife asked me last night if she should be jealous?
I told her - "absolutely!"
EMBRACE THE OPPORTUNITIES LIFE PRESENTS TO YOU AND ALWAYS, ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!
HAVE A GREAT LIFE AND SPREAD THE LOVE!
CHANGING THE WORLD – ONE READER AT A TIME