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Not Every Writer Becomes Famous

After I wrote my first novel, "Flying Out of Brooklyn," I harbored the fantasy that readers everywhere would discover it and make it a big success.  I was equating the number of books sold with the satisfaction of being a writer.  I'm not knocking success, but I have learned a valuable lesson which I take with me now with the publication of my second book, "Sown in Tears."  It really is the journey that counts, not just the destination.  Sales have been slow but steady (surprisingly in the Kindle category) but that's not what matters the most. (Don't misunderstand, I love sales.) It goes back to what a doctor friend said to me.  "If I can save just one life, that's the important fact to me.  I don't have to save millions."  In Judaism, it's said, "if you save one life it's as if you have saved the whole world."  When I get responses from readers who loved the books and care about what might have happened to the characters, I feel as proud as any writer on the NY Times bestseller list.  The reviews have vallidated the writing, the readers have validated the journey.  Of course, I am always open to the possiblilty of being lionized, it's just not a necessity.

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A Big Success

I enjoyed your blog. I've had fantasies like that. I suppose daydreaming is good for the soul. I like the quote from Judaism. It's good to remember. Thank you for an excellent blog. I look forward to reading your books.

L'shana Tova.