October 23, 2012

Thank you doesn't seem like enough

I know I keep telling you "thank you" like every chance I get, but I wish you knew me in real life...

I wish you knew JUST HOW MUCH I SINCERELY MEAN IT.

How when I tell you thank you, my eyes glaze over, my chest and stomach tighten, my breath hitches... but most of all, I wish there was another flipping phrase other than "thank you" to express how truly appreciative I am for all of you.

I've told you before that The Perfect Game isn't my first book. And if you know anything about Self Published ("Indie") authors, you know that we work our asses off. It's one thing to actually sit down and write an entire book, but it's another thing to get people to not only read it, but like it enough to want to read more of what you write.

It's been a long road for me. At least it FEELS like it's been a long road. I put out my first book in August 2011 and ever since then i've spent countless hours online trying to reach an audience...my audience. I've researched other writer's blogs, newspaper articles on self publishing, articles on trends, what to do, how to reach people, how to market, i've joined groups, indie clubs filled with other authors trying to figure out the exact same thing... how do we get readers in this saturated market to FIND and READ our books?!  And how do we do ALL OF THIS, while still writing our next book?!?!?

It's a lot of work.

And trust me, i'm not complaining.

Not one bit. 

Because all of that hard work has brought me to where we are today. And I feel like it makes me even MORE thankful. I know what it's like to not experience what I'm experiencing right now. I know the other side of the coin. I've lived it. 

Which is why I tell you so freaking obsessively how thankful I am for you.  And when you tell me that my book touched your soul, your heart, your guts- I AM OVERWHELMED. And when you tell me that you're telling everyone you know that they have to read this book-  I AM GRATEFUL.  And when you tell me that you've written a review and posted about it on facebook, or tweeted about it- I AM APPRECIATIVE.

So I just wanted you all to know (again) that I don't take you for granted. I don't take this for granted. And I literally, physically and emotionally, appreciate you more than you can ever truly know. THANK YOU. 

I'm gonna give away more shit soon- cause that's a good way to say thank you. Need some action behind my words, riiiight?  :)

12 comments:

  1. I love your guts. and your face. and your ass. and your BOOKS. hold me.

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  2. You've earned it! Enjoy every moment! This, this awesomeness, could not have happened to a more deserving person! xo

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  3. I am such a fan. I love your books and your spunk and I love how grateful you are. You are an awesome author. And, you are so adorable. I can't wait for your next book. I love that you had your own Jack Carter to take from.
    OK, I'm done. But, I think you're awesome. :)

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  4. You are too sweet and I know that I completely understand how grateful you are! You deserve this honey, more than you'll ever know! I <3 you!!! AND I <3 your books!!!

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  5. see?!?!! how can i NOT freaking love you guys?!?!! YOU'RE SO FLIPPING AMAZING TO ME!!!!! now i have to say thank you again! UGH! lol

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  6. You are such a Vibrant,Bubbly person and I Love you for it and your books!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. That would be so overwhelming to even being to write a book let alone publishing all that lots of sneaky ppl out there.I'm glad u did well with ur books!I love them! I want freaking Jack! lol I cant wait for more books!

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  8. We love you Jenn! Thank you for giving us Jack! xoxo Kathy Anderson

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  9. MY ABE !!!!!!!
    U know how I feel about u so i'm not going to say it again ;) ....... But what I will say is KEEP WRITING COZ WE ALL WANT MORE !!!!!!!!
    Now let's celebrate with DOHNUZ LOL

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  10. Jenn you are a very gifted person, aswell as your books. You inspire so many people in so many different ways. We all should be thanking you for what you have given to us and in return we give you thanks, welcomes, and best of all love! I have never seen such a heart warming author before and if there was an event to show a true author, it would be you. One word to describe you and your work is Perfect. I hope you take your skills for advantage and let yourself do what you do best and because of your inspiration, I am now writing my own book. I thank you for all your hard work and consideration, it has paid off.

    Sincerely,
    Jade G. Becker

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    1. Jade,
      this was so freaking kind I want to cry. thank you so much for taking the time to write it- and GOOD LUCK on your book!!!! :)

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    2. You captured my attention with your book In Dreams, then I found Close Encounters and was like WOW... Then The Perfect Game and you have me hook aline and sinker...... You deserve every ounce of success. You are a gifted writer and so much fun to banter with on line. Thank you for giving me my escape - good reads. I have read your books over and over and sometimes it is just certain parts that I reread. I love my kindle just for that reason. I can not wait for more stories. Meeting you in person has been added to the bucket list - maybe I can get the real Jack Carter story then :) You are an inspiration to me to never give up, be yourself and that hard work will pay off - Congratulations on your success I hope it you make it to the very very top with the cherries!!!

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