On Thursday as I did my usual rounds of social media, I discovered I was tagged in a number of posts from several authors. There was a conspiracy it seemed, and on investigation I discovered I was the target of a campaign by a group of authors intent on plastering my name across the Internet to their followers and beyond.
Unlike many campaigns of this nature…. this one was very different and delightfully so.
The eleven authors that form Story Empire honoured me with individual posts sharing my books, their reviews and some lovely comments that frankly left me blushing (and delighted of course).
I hope by this point I have responded to everyone who kindly left messages of support and apologies to anyone I have missed.. I will catch up I promise.
I love my job, which is how I regard blogging and author and book promotion. It began ten years ago as a platform to promote my own books, but I soon discovered how much more fun and rewarding it could be if I promoted other authors I met online.
Today the writing community I belong to is global, and I get huge pleasure from chatting to a friend about to end their day in Australia, and then another just getting up in California. It is incredible to think that only 25 years ago the only contact we could have with friends around the world was by snail mail or the telephone.
Certainly during the last two years of the pandemic, this contact has been a lifeline to millions isolated and away from family and friends.
Whatever the media might portray about international relationships, those who populate this online writing community have a different ethos. One of collaboration, support, generosity and friendship.
Anyway. I am hugely grateful for the individual sentiments and support offered by the members of Story Empire, and also their combined efforts to bring the best of fiction and authorship to us all. Always highly interesting and useful articles based on the personal experience of each of the members, which is considerable.
And thank you so much to those of you who visited the posts, shared them on your social media and left wonderful comments, I really appreciated your kind thoughts.
Here are the links to the individual posts and if you have time, I would love it if you could visit and explore the authors and their work which I can highly recommend.
Keep writing, talking, communicating and supporting.. it is what this community of ours does best.
Obviously I am delighted and deeply grateful for this amazing tribute by writers I think of as friends as well as outstanding authors. I could not let the occasion go by without saying thank you to them all, but it is also an opportunity to see the power of collaboration at work.
Not least is that as a result of this incredible blitz across the networks, several books were sold since the posts were aired which is fantastic.
My thanks to them all for giving me an amazing boost of confidence and motivation to keep doing a job I love.
Thank you for dropping in today and if you have time it would be great if you could visit some or all of the posts and if you have not yet discovered the books by these authors then there is no time like the present… thanks Sally.