Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off. ~Francis de Sales 1567 – 1622
A few people have asked me how many books I’ve sold and my response is “I don’t know. I’m not paying much attention.” Truthful statement. Believe it or not.
To me sales figures are irrelevant compared to the fulfilling feelings of accomplishment that have come with knowing I completed what I set out to do – tackle writing a memoir and publishing it independently. No one can relate to the process unless they have been through the paces.
Secondly, when I get feedback from readers, it makes publishing the story all worthwhile. People that I hadn’t heard from in decades, that I thought were gone from my life a long time ago, have come climbing out of the woodwork.
For instance, a college math professor from my days at Johnson State College in Vermont sent me an e-mail that I will always treasure. His comments after having read my memoir made me feel that I was not just another one of his thousands of students that passed through the halls of that higher institution during his life-long career of teaching.
Here is some of what he had to say after reading Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected:
Sue, I just finished your book and “shared” it via e-mail. Of course, it brought many tears to my eyes being exposed to your early, early years. And, it nearly goes without saying that Fanny has made an indelible mark on my mind, having known both you and Jan. It is a wonderful story filled with the joy of life and living.
I wish you all the best in whatever writing you undertake in the future. It surely is not a simple task and I thought this effort very well done!
My very best to you and Terry ~ J. Davis
Since rekindling our teacher/student connection, we have had many meaningful back and forth e-mail discussions on various different blogs about life that I have posted on All Things Fulfilling.
The point of this blog is to say “the value of writing a story is not in book sales. The true worthiness comes in what writing feels like to the author’s heart.” ~ Sue Batton Leonard