Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Holding the Promise of a Book

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.  ~Author Unknown
I'm excited today about getting the first copy of my new release, Words Spoken True. I've had my ear tuned for the UPS truck to bounce into my driveway for several days now because I knew it was close to time for that advance copy to make its way to me. It takes so long to turn a story into a real book you can hold in your hand that the day when you do actually hold that book and see your words inside is a day to celebrate. 

So I've been celebrating today by sharing the news with my Facebook friends and family. (And planning a new celebration giveaway. I'll announce details soon.) One of the things I said on my Facebook writer's page was how I loved holding a new book in my hand and thinking about readers picking it up and sharing my story. Such a promise. 

Then one of my friends got me thinking with her comment that as a reader, she loved holding a new book too. I knew what she meant. I've had that same feeling many times when I picked up a new book to read. Perhaps it was by a favorite author that I knew was going to entertain or inspire me. Perhaps it was just the story that held out promise. Perhaps it was simply holding the book and knowing that I was going to be able to live some new adventures or through some historical times with the characters inside. People a writer had captured in words that were going to spring to life in my mind and let me accompany them on their journey through the pages.

That doesn't necessarily mean that whatever book I might be holding when I was feeling that promise was a new release. A book unread is a new book to the reader whatever the publication date. Samuel Butler says it well in this quote. "The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them."

Release dates are fun. Holding a book fresh off the press is a definite highpoint in a writer's life. Still, it's what's inside that book, the words that may catch a reader up into the lives of the characters and make the story come to life in his or her imagination, that's the promise I hope I'm giving readers when they hold one of my books. It's the same promise I want to feel when I pick up a new book to read. Movies and t.v. are nice. But books - books are magic.

"Books are a uniquely portable magic."   ~Stephen King 

Thanks for reading. And don't forget my giveaway just for those of you who read One Writer's Journal. Leave a comment between now and the end of the month on a post here and your name will go into a pot for a random drawing to win an autographed copy of Words Spoken True. Each time you comment on a different post, your name goes in the drawing again so you can have multiple chances of winning.


  1. Hi Ann, I also love to hold a new book (or just a book new to me) and most of the time I am transported to another time, another place. As a cataloger here at Fleming County Public Library, I get to hold many new books and I am always just as excited. It may not be something I want to read but for one of our patrons that book (or books) will be their wonderful transporter.

    I have already ordered your new book and anxiously await the arrival of those copies. Keep writing and keep enjoying what you do.

    Best wishes, Ann

  2. Hey Ann,
    So excited about your new book,can't wait to read it.I love the expectation of starting a new book and all the possibilities that book holds. New places,adventure,romance just letting it take me to all these places is a wonderful stress reliever for me.My daughter-in-law has been after me to get a nook like her,she says I'll love it and maybe I would.But I just love holding a new book,when it comes in the mail or if I find a book I've been wanting really bad in the store I just love that feeling.Well anyway Congrats on the new book,like I said can't wait to get my hands on it..God Bless!!

    Carrie Farmer

  3. Hi, Connie. That must be one of the fun things about being a librarian - seeing all those books and the promises they hold. So many books - so little time. Thanks so much for ordering my books for your library. I enjoyed my visit up your way.

  4. Hi, CarrieLynn. Great to hear from you. All us booklovers share in some ways the same feelings about a new book. So glad you're looking forward to reading mine.

  5. When I first started with an e-reader, I was hesitant. I love holding books, touching books, smelling books.

    However, I soon learned like a parent you have room in your heart for more than one. Thus, I am happy with my Nook, but there is truly something special about a book you can hold.

    Congratulations on your book, I can't wait to read it.

  6. Hi, Belinda. I like the way you put that. I think I would like an e-reader for some things, but I know I will always love a book in the hand. It's good that readers have so much choice these days.

    I hope you'll like my new story however you choose to read it.

  7. Hi, Ann! I love the sound of "Words Spoken True"! I am an ole newspaper gal myself. I sold advertising and wrote a cooking column. I enjoy promotion and marketing. I also worked at our local radio station, and I loved writing ad copy!

    I understand the importance of e-books and electronic publishing to the literary world, but I am a lifelong print book person. I love my books from cover to cover and everything in-between. I don’t own an e-reader, but I do read e-books on my PC. However, nothing takes the place of holding that book in your hands and turning the pages, and inahling the "book smell".

    I would love to be employed in a position which allowed me to promote literacy and put books in the hands of everyone who wants to read. We live in a PC and internet fueled world, but there are still many people in the United States struggling with literacy. That’s why print books, newspapers, magazines and etc. are so vitally important. Not everyone is PC literate or has access to a computer or internet. Not everyone uses a cell phone, much less owns a multi-tasking “omni” cell phone! I started off in life as a bookworm, and the more complicated life became, the less time I had to read. The last few years, I have turned to books for comfort and to return to my roots. I think it is especially important for girls and women to have healthy self-esteem. Improving their reading skills opens up the world, enables informed decision making, and brings them all kinds of new opportunities.


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