When I was younger, as in before I had children, I was always looking for ways to hang out with my friends. Slumber parties, Dinner Parties, Hang Outs, Bonfires, you name it I was there. Then babies came and the invitations dried up. I’ll be honest, it hurt. I thought terrible things about myself when these childless friends stopped calling. After wallowing in self pity for a while, I picked myself up and made a new game plan.
I’ve always been a reader with a voracious appetite. Reading has been a hobby that has stayed with me forever and it is now responsible for where I’m at today. Thanks to reading and the internet I discovered a vast world of wonderful authors and fellow bookworms. It is a supportive and friendly community and the best part, the social get together are online!
My first “party” was several weeks ago. It was a celebration of the author Katie M. John and her release of the series Beautiful Freaks. After that it was a Fan Appreciation Party hosted by a bevy of amazing authors, including my girl crush Kate Danley. These online parties celebrating books and their hardworking creators made me feel like I was part of something special and important. Even better, I’ve met some amazing people. Author AC Clarke is one of them. After meeting her at the Beautiful Freaks party, I’ve watched her Facebook adventures and wish we were BFF’s (don’t worry I’m not a stalker or anything).
Another perk to these parties, swag. I’ve won several copies of books attending these fun shindigs and I’m very appreciative. In fact, Ruby’s Fire, my first official blog review, was the prize I won at a release party. I’m so happy I’ve found this community of bibliophiles and master wordsmiths.
To the aspiring writers out there slugging it out on the computer, Don’t Give Up! You absolutely matter, your work matters. It may not seem like it now but one day, some depressed and lost soul will happen upon your work and suddenly their world will have purpose again. Thank You to all the authors I’ve been introduced to in the last few years. Y’all have saved me in so many ways!
So the next time you get an Event Invite on Facebook, check it out, it could lead to so many great things!