For those who were part of this past week’s wild ride through the Cover Wars experience with me, I imagine you are curious as to how everything played out… Here is is the graph as posted by Author Shout which shows how the 10 of us who were all in the running for the top spot, landed.
Now, that we have that out of the way, please allow me to tell you why I believe this was a winning effort!
This was great exposure! People who may have never heard of me or my books, learned about me! How cool is that? And, it was ALL FREE (bonus, right?)
I was taken out of my comfort zone BIG TIME! Why? I have never had an issue going to bat for someone else. When I ran a non-profit, I could stand in front of a room full of stone people and squeeze money out of them! How? Because I knew the money wasn’t for me and I could “sell” them because I believed in the value of what we were going to do with their money. So, here was the chance for me to go before people and do something like (gulp) ask for support, votes, shares, however that was to play out. I knew I had to believe in the value of not only what I was “pitching” but what people would get for their contributions.
Damn, I picked a fine time to embrace sobriety…
Then there was always the chance I could (WARNING, the F-BOMB about to score a DIRECT HIT) I could FAIL! How embarrassing, eh?
Well, guess what, I didn’t fail, I am still sober (beginning my tenth year) and the sun rose this morning, right! I didn’t fail, because I tried. The prize might have been the bragging rights, the special feature for a week on the Author Shout site and landing in their archives however there is something MORE important that took place here…
Each and every time someone thought about this contest, cast a vote, share a post, liked a comment or passed along a tweet, there was some major love being expressed. We are, all of us, in this together. It didn’t matter that this was the cover of one of my books, it could have been your book cover or that of your best friend, spouse or another favorite author. In reality by us sharing this experience we strengthened the bond we have to our craft, deepened the commitment to supporting each other in our particular forms of self-expression.What a grand community we are!
Be sure to let me know when you are in the arena so that I might lend my support, have your back and celebrate all the joy of who you are, why you do what you do and the end result!
Love you, thank you and when I am ready to do this again, I will let YOU know!