Encouragement Comes to a Blind / Deaf Gal
“You finally made it in the newspaper,” Mom said ever so casually.
I gave her a blank look.
“Your book, it’s iin the Lifestyles Section of today’s paper. There’s a big write-up.”
“No way! Really?”
When my book was released in October, I called the Showcase editor who handles book reviews.
I explained that I was a local author with a new book out to review. The current editor asked me who the publisher was. I told him it was “Indie,” (Independently Published). After that, I got the “no promises,” speech because they were “backlogged.” An easy out for them and it was passed on to someone outside the newspaper contracted to review books.
The truth — and the editor I spoke to might even have come out and said this but if he didn’t, it was certainly my understanding by the end of the call — was that indie books in way of reviews received only a cursory look, if that. Not having the stamp of an established publisher is sometimes difficult to overcome. But that was the path I took.
I followed up a couple of times to see if it had been reviewed but it didn’t look like it was going to happen. I’m not consistent on follow-up so I’m sorry to say I gave up.
I had put it out of my mind–until today. And now that I think about it, four months is not long to wait.
Let me tell you what is so wonderful about this book review!
First of all, the timing.
God always seems to bring me encouragement in the aftermath of a big disappointment — when I feel I can’t cope with my vision or hearing loss another day!
Also ringing in my ears (pun intended) are the words of Dr. Charles Stanley, “You can never go wrong when you wait on God’s timing. It’s always perfect.”
Second, it brings publicity to me at a time when book sales are slow. God promised to provide for me and I’ve been living off money set aside for my retirement for some time now. Perhaps this will bring more sales and more speaking engagements.
Third, it creates awareness to a group of people who have a rare hereditary vision disease called Retinitis Pigmentossa (1 in 100,000 suffer from it) and Usher’s Syndrome, which causes dual progressive hearing and vision loss.
Fourth, it tells me my book can hold its own alongside those put out by established publishing companies.
Fifth, it brings me great honor because the write-up is like my book, upbeat and clear as to where I get my strength.
Sixth, it made the Sunday newspaper with a huge headline! The reviewer took a genuine interest in it. The write-up is much larger than what I imagined. It’s nearly a whole page in the Lifestyle section of the paper and it even has a blurb on the front cover! And you know what? It is a lifestyle issue. I’m so glad the newspaper makes these decisions and not me.
Seventh, it’s just a “feel-good” newspaper piece, which should make those who read it, smile. I sure hope “Bob,” my mobility instructor reads it.
Lastly, it confirms that God is working on my behalf. I am frequently reminded that “we reap what we sow, more than we sow, later than we sow.” That certainly rings true in this situation. I am so thrilled that the optimism and the hope I feel in the midst of losing my vision and hearing will reach others who need encouragement.
“We are walking in Faith through our purpose in whatever challenge we face” was the affirmation the host and I left with our audience in my recent interview with Purpose Talk Radio.
This is encapsulated in this review and my book, itself.
I’m delighted to share this write-up with you from the Erie Times News. published on February 22, 2015 for Erie, Pennsylvania.
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