“Oh, to be a writer, a real writer given up to it and to it alone!”
– Katherine Mansfield
How often these past few months have I moaned over that Katherine Mansfield quote while occupied with publishing my book. And now here comes another deterrent from being a writer again – Marketing 102;”Build it and they will come.” But with 21st century book releases it’s more about Link-it and they might come.
So I have built my web page and linked it to virtually millions. I have also linked to Wikipedia, Goodreads, and Amazon. And before Katherine’s 122 birthday candles blow out tonight I must tweet the book release announcement to Tweeter and face it on Facebook and send out countless emails.
If Katherine’s extraordinary life hadn’t been so brief, perhaps it would not have haunted me as much as it has, and been a driving force behind my publication efforts.
Even in the summer seasons during the past three years when I was researching and writing “In Pursuit . . .” she didn’t leave me alone. I would be reclining in my hammock under an ancient walnut tree in the south of France and her spirit would land in the form of a stunning black and gold butterfly on my shoulder and flutter her wings to say, “What are you doing out here? You promised to write my story and you can’t do it lying in a hammock.
And now the book cover has been chosen. The readable font decided upon. And I am just waiting to approve the final proof before it goes to print.
So I must get the word out on “In Pursuit . . . ” in the hopes that Katherine will live again if only in our imaginations.