Well ladies and gents, it doesn’t look like I can build momentum enough to retake a Top 5 position by the contest’s close tomorrow. I’ll make an official announcement in the morning, but based on my projections at the current rate of competitiveness, I would need 100+ votes in the next 24 hours and I’m just tapped out of drums to beat.
I want to thank you all for helping me as much as you did, no hard feelings here, just pure unadulterated gratitude. I have no right to expect anything from another person, a self-defense mechanism adapted to protect against being let down.
With that said, it only makes the successes you have been laying on me that much more potent. I really can’t leave this contest feeling like a loser. I’ve stayed in the Top 10 out of 300+ other authors for the entire 6 week duration, I’ve launched this Ophelia, Doll Facebook fan page that already has more friends than I do personally on Facebook.
Two days ago, my pharmacist recognized me in a coffee shop and said she was so excited that she heard though Facebook somehow that I am an author and that I’m launching a book- she said “It’s like finding out that someone you know is a super hero!” It was hard for me to accept such a nice sentiment in the moment and I’m afraid I bumbled the interaction completely, so if you are reading this Christina, thank you and I am so grateful for your kind words.
A week before that, the pizza guy on my doorstep said that a friend of mine at the local video game store gave him a flier and he would make sure that his sisters saw it because it looked like “their kind of book.” The thought that my book is anyone’s kind of book is a beautifully overwhelming thing that you have all forced me to admit to even my most doubt filled, pessimistic self.
That’s really what has me going into losing the battle with any semblance of sanity. I know there is an audience, a greater war to win, a group of people that care enough to band together with no forewarning whatsoever.
I have big plans on what to do from here, so I hope that you’ll stick around. Even more, I hope you’ll share with those who you think might be interested in reading my story- get them to like the Facebook page. You should be able to click a button on the top of our page that lets you slide through and click all of your potentially supportive friends easily and send them a request to join the Facebook page. For the time being, this is the easiest way for me to keep you guys updated with news and announcements surrounding Ophelia, Doll (maybe some blog posts?).
I’m also planning on using this to stay connected with my supporters as I write my next book, which I just started yesterday. It’s still in developmental stages, which means that there will be lots of times that I will need some outside opinions, and I couldn’t think of a better bunch of people to ask. Thank you all for everything you’ve done for me. I hope you have the best Tuesday ever!