Since I wrote and published my first article in 1982, I’ve come to realize that, for me, being a writer is similar to being a parent. It takes a long time to conceive of an idea, many sleepless nights working on it, and then the laborious process of editing. When you finally hold that first copy of the book in your hands, the feeling is indescribable.
As challenging as the writing and editing process is, the part that has many authors biting their nails is waiting to hear what people think of their baby. While positive professional reviews are very helpful to the marketing process, for me, I want to know what my readers think of my book.
Since the release of YHWH The Flood the Fish and The Giant, I have received many comments, both verbal and written. One was from Lisa, N., who is the mother of ten-year-old Jacob, who sent me this email the day after her son got a copy of the book.
“Paula, I just wanted to let you know that I haven’t been able to pry YHWH out of Jacob’s hands except for his baseball game and to sleep since he got it yesterday. The more exciting thing is he keeps telling me the stories from the book. Just thought you would like to know that my 10 year old loves your book.”
Whereas the target audience for YHWH is 9 to 13 year olds, adults are enjoying it as well. Francine L. sent me this note,
“I slowly read YHWH. I just love it, it should be made into a series of short films, not as a children’s series, but for adults. Seriously, it has feel Narnia in this! It is tremendous! Thank you & G.P. Taylor for this great piece. It puts the stories into such a, not different, but more well rounded & complete format. I love it!”
Writing with NY Times bestselling author, GP Taylor was a challenge, as he lives in the UK, while I live in the US. However, this resulted in comments from readers on both sides of the Atlantic. Iain C of Scotland wrote,
“The book is amazing. I am giving it to a non-Christian mate.”
I’d love to hear from you. If you’ve read YHWH The Flood The Fish and The Giant, please let me know what you thought of it.