From time to time in this space, WestBow Press publishes brief accounts, written by our authors, about how self-publishing their books has affected their lives. The following are the words of Rebecca Halton, author “Words from the Other Woman.”
As I wrote Words from the Other Woman in 2010, my mind filled with excited ideas of celebrity authordom. I was convinced God was “in it,” so I thought success was imminent. I believed it would be as effortless as success seemed for other authors.
How little did I know—and how much I had to learn! Since my book’s release in 2011, I’ve realized my metrics for success were rooted in worldly measurements. And I’ve since learned that being an “overnight success” would have ruined me.
Imagine for a second that you haven’t gone running in … well, maybe ever. Now imagine waking up tomorrow—less than twenty-four hours from now—and having to run a marathon (26.2 miles).
First of all, your body wouldn’t be conditioned for that kind of race. You’d likely (and painfully) injure yourself. And you’d probably resent your coach. I thought I could handle the success that I wanted for my book; thankfully, God, my coach knew better.
Three years later, I’m more capable of handling longer distances. But that didn’t happen overnight. I also hadn’t yet proven worthy of certain opportunities. We are entrusted with chances to impact people’s lives—we are not entitled to them!
There’s one other reason I wouldn’t trade the past three years for fifteen minutes of fame: people like Rachel. A couple years ago, I hosted a meet-and-greet at a local bookstore. I was excited and exact in my planning—and expecting a great turnout.
Hardly anyone showed: not including my mom, and curious bookstore patrons. But Rachel showed up—with a plate of homemade cookies and a big batch of belief in me. And she wasn’t any less proud of me because there wasn’t a line out the door.
There was no way either of us could have guessed that a couple of years later, it would be my turn to come to her side. Even as she lay in the hospital, she couldn’t have been prouder or more encouraging of my writing, of my calling—of me.
And I couldn’t be more grateful, for what she will continue to mean to me. My dear friend did pass away, but my memory of that day in the bookstore endures. Because it reminds me of the one thing that will always be better than success:
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