Today my website went live which is encouraging. My nephew Jeffrey Balbien is a genius and I want to thank him for creating such a beautiful website!
It is interesting to note that the journey of writing a book is first the dedication of putting words to paper (used to be paper now its computer, but paper conjures up better imagery) which in some ways is the easy part. Then comes the marketing and the push to find an audience; after all what good is a book if no one reads it? But, things are looking up. I went from 2 millionth place on Amazon to 90,000th place in one week. Wonder of wonders, that’s quite a climb, however, a long way from the top 100 (my secret goal).
Actually, even harder than getting people to read the book is getting people who have read the book to post a review on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com or FriesenPress.com (my publisher). This part perplexes me, as each and every one of them manages to e-mail me or phone me as to how wonderful the book is, how well written it is, how they can’t put it down, how they cried, how it reminded them of their own immigrant families, how the imagery is beautiful, how they can’t believe that I wrote it. Don’t get me wrong I love hearing from everyone. This is especially important for a new author, who suffers from a lack of confidence and; who in some ways can’t quite believe herself that she has accomplished this.
One thing I have discovered for certain is that you have to be tireless in promoting yourself and your art. No one is going to do it for you (unless of course you are a big time successful author with a big time agency behind you). Which I am not, yet!
More than anything I would like to just start the next book and get on with it. Writing is addictive and right now I am going through withdrawals. Nonetheless, this is not the right time to write, but it is the right time to promote “In the Face of Evil”, stay the course, and find that all important audience…
Review by Drora Arussy, Jewish Book Council
Jun 11, 2013 – Jewish Book Council
Holocaust Book Reading Brings on Reunion and More
May 3, 2011 – Jewish Journal
A Novel Idea to Tell a Survivor's Story
April 29, 2011 – Malibu Patch
A daughter tells her mother’s story of the Holocaust
April 26, 2011 – Jewish Journal