In the writing industry, it’s said that it takes a few good years before anyone will know your name as an author, much less buy and read your book. Industry experts and authors who have been going at it for awhile know that there are simply too many new authors and too many new books out there for even the most devout bookworm to read or even be aware of. That’s why there’s a particularly funny blog online about how to become a bestselling author overnight—in 17 years. It just doesn’t happen.
But who wants to believe this? Not an author. Definitely not a first time author. Every author has the dream of renowned overnight success. We all want to be J.K. Rowling or Danielle Steele. We want to see our stories on the bestseller list and even the big screen.
But as I’m just one of the thousands of authors who publish their books, whether through traditional publishing companies, print-on-demand publishing, or e-book publishing, I know the chances of overnight success are slim.
So, I write, publish and wait.
A few days ago, I posted on Facebook an experience I had. While calling to make some travel arrangements, I was shocked and flattered when the agent asked, “Are you Michelle Dim-St. Pierre, the author?”
Although my book has won several awards at book fairs, earned five-star accolades by top book reviewers, and has caused quite a stir in online conversations, I’m not going to kid myself—I’m nowhere near as popular or as widely read as authors who frequently make the New York Times best seller list. However, the fact that a stranger recognized me as an author shows me that, even though I’ve only been a published author since 2015, I must be doing something right.
This wonderful experience happened a few weeks ago, but now I refer to it as my “glory day”.
My interaction with the travel agent really made my day, and made a lasting impression on me…and I hope that, by the end of our conversation that followed, I made him a lifelong fan of my work. As for me…I can certainly get used to people knowing who I am!
If you read a book you love, I encourage you to reach out to the author and let them know. You never realize how much of an impact you can have on someone.
Go ahead and bring the “glory day” to an author SOONER.