Tomorrow we leave on vacation, for eleven days in the Carolinas. I am so looking forward to this. First thing I packed? Books. Of course. And my luck dragon's coming too!
Funny thing is, I won this Kindle a while back. I've downloaded a few things on it, but for me, nothing compares to curling up with a paper book. I love being able to open to a specific page and reread a passage. I've taken to marking sections that evoke a certain emotion with little post-it notes, as reminders that this author is worth studying.
And how is an author supposed to sign your book if it's digital? Yes, I'm geeky, but I had a lot of fun meeting authors last summer at SCBWI and having them sign my books. Then there's the fact that you can't download an ARC, and I do love reading those advance copies that I'm lucky enough to encounter.
Like this one.
Yeah. I went into the Book Loft yesterday and this was waiting for me. I love the people at the Book Loft. LOVE. Here's the funny thing: six months ago Echo, the woman who works in the children's section, hadn't read Shiver. But I had, based on a blogger's recommendation. I told her in glowing terms why she needed to read that book. Last week when I visited the Book Loft, I had to smile when I heard her hand selling the book to a teenager. I jumped in with my two cents as well. So of course the girl went home with the book in her hand. And this month in the store's newsletter, Echo featured YA and one of the books she highlighted was Shiver.
This is the power of blogging.
It isn't always quantifiable. But I'd say more than half of the books I buy are based on blogger recommendations. And I'm not alone. That one blogger (thank you Myra!) probably convinced a lot of other people besides me to buy the book. And they're telling two friends. And they're telling two friends. And so on, and so on...
If someone tries to tell you what you're writing about on your blog isn't important, don't listen to them. Even if you only have a few followers, even if you just post once in a while, your words are important. They make an impact. So take yourself seriously. Your words matter.
I'll be checking your blogs every in every once in a while, but I won't be posting again until I'm back home so everybody have a great week and a half while I'm gone!
And may the luck of the dragon be with you :)