During the book signing event, a man came up and talked to me. He was really nice and insanely familiar. He's a photographer with a business in Taos, Eric (with a C). He gave me lots of advice to help me along the way, but more importantly, his kindness and excitement over me, a nobody author, really gave me the feeling that I can do this, that I'm more than capable, and how I should have things like a Square or other company card reader to take payments and have some sort of business card (for me, that would be on a bookmark). Despite everything else he may have said to me, it was the way he made me feel that was most important. I smile just thinking about it. We should all be so nice to others in their endeavors.
What I meant by the title of finding my bravery is that I was afraid of everything before the book was published. I was unsure of what I should be doing for it, and if I did know, I was afraid to carry it out. It was a strange sort of thing to see the book and suddenly feel a strong sense of ownership and compassion. I wanted to do all of the things that I was too afraid to do like call bookstores and find small businesses willing to find space for a book spinner. I still didn't do it, but I'm brave enough to try... almost. I'll get around to it.
Encourage beauty in the world, don't squash it. If you have advice for them, give it. If you don't have advice, at the very least tell them what you think in the kindest way possible. It really means a lot for an artist to know the things that they're target audience likes and ways to improve their works. Inspire, motivate, believe. Let’s all work together to make a better world. We can be each other’s cheerleader. We all rise together.
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YA Fantasy author and amateur photographer living in New Mexico. A reflection of herself, her characters are timid at first but tend to stand up and push through when times get tough.