One year ago, I published the post, The Misadventures of the Author of THE MISADVENTURES OF MISTLETOE MOUSE. While my current misadventures mostly concern the inaccessibility of social media websites that writers are using for marketing, I have made some progress and will make even more thanks to a digital handbook for Moms that is not available in audio but has an excellent font that scans well and can be read with a computer that has Kurzweil installed. With the help of librarians and library clerks who are technology experts, I was able to set up a Facebook page for the book. It had so many Likes that the book and I were invited to have pages on Good Reads. This, it seemed, to be the right time to come out with an Audible book. The first printing was recorded by the Michigan Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped before I found some mistakes that the editor had not noticed. We brought out another printing; however, the recording is still on BARD. I love it and listen to it several times each year--usually when I am having a terrible day and need to be reminded that I can make it terrific with the help of Molly Dolly and Mistletoe Mouse. A professional narrator who has many books on Audible was recommended. We signed a contract and then.... Misadventures? The poor woman walked away from a car accident with a few bruises and a totaled vehicle. One recording session was interrupted by helicopters. Another session was interrupted by trucks that were filling in her neighbor's swimming pool. On the flip-side, she suddenly had more acting opportunities in the evenings and on weekends while she was producing a play and teaching after-school classes. Although we decided to postpone our project, I was delighted when I learned that she had just played an elf who was helping Santa. One of the children told her that she was not really an elf. There is nothing quite like being up-close and personal with your future readers. If all goes well, we should have the Audible book out for Christmas next year. There are, however, as my glaucoma surgeon taught me, no guarantees. Today the book is selling better than it did the first year and getting wonderful reviews from other authors such as Coleen Kelly Mast on her website and Ann Harrison-Barnes on her website and Podcast, "Inspirational Journeys." Information about purchasing the book may be found on Google, Amazon.com, and my website, www.susanbourrie.com
I've had a lot of fun with my writing hobby this year, but now it is time to get back to my real job--finding a job. May your New Year be filled with more adventures than misadventures. Merry, Merry Christmas.