I just had probably the most annoying trip in my history of taking trips—a delayed departure, a turbulent flight, rainy weather, the worst sinus infection EVER, my luggage on the return flight was searched through and about $40 of toiletries were confiscated…the last few days have been trying to say the very least (hence the delayed post).
All of that complaining aside, I should explain where I went and why: my younger brother graduated from the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, Rhode Island. Next year he will begin his first year at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. My parents, my grandparents and I all took time out of our busy schedules to celebrate my brother’s honor, courage and commitment to his higher education and ultimately, to his country. If you can’t already tell, I’m extremely proud!
Our homes are full of Navy Pride right now, and I’ve had some time to think about these three words that signify the Navy: honor, courage and commitment—and how they apply to my own life—a big part of which is now publicizing your books.
Honor: It’s an honor to work with a group of such dedicated and talented women. I’ve always loved books, so to work with them in any way is a dream come true. To talk about them, read them, show them to other people—this is what I want to do! But to work with the fabulous Sourcebooks Casablanca authors is not only loads of fun but inspiring!
Courage: I think it is safe to say that it has taken a lot of courage on all of our parts to get where we all are today. I know I was scared out of my mind applying for jobs in PR, but I’m happy with where my efforts have taken me. I’m sure it takes a huge leap of faith to send away your writing and hope that someone likes it! Courage comes in many forms—even some of your novels’ heroes and heroines found their sources of courage, whether within themselves or in each other.
Commitment: All of you are so committed to your books—I feel so spoiled to have such devoted authors! You’re also dedicated to one another; I think this blog showcases a community of authors that strive for a successful line of books across the board. I’m just as committed—coming up with innovative ideas for promotion, making new connections, giving you all advice on what to do once your feet are in the door, etc. Book PR is constantly changing and it takes a lot of perseverance: something I plan on doing for each of you.
Now, I’m not about to go to one of the toughest school sin the country or pledge service to the Navy like my lil bro, but I think, in my own little funny way, I (and all of you) am doing what I can to exemplify honor, courage, and commitment.