Okay, I am an independent author with some modest sales numbers, but if I am honest, I know James Patterson and Stephen King are not shaking in their boots about the new competition on the block. I am fine with that. And while I keep working to get to a level where they may notice and welcome the competition (I particularly believe King would enjoy my work; he seems cool like that), I still believe in using whatever gifts I might possess to help others if the opportunity arises.
Last year, I displayed my debut novel at our town’s library and they got a chunk of each sale. It did not allow me to retire, did not add a new wing to the library, but it was fun.
In a couple of weeks, I will join with two other authors. Caseen Gaines and Toney Jackson, to offer our work and our time to help raise funds for a young colleague who is battling leukemia. The young lady got a tough break, and we are going to do what we can to help make her battle a tiny bit easier.
This does not make me a hero. It is just a good exercise in building confidence and sharing publicly what I do. I believe in these activities even though they won’t make the difference in my career. No big break comes from this, but it puts my work right where I want it to be, as part of my community.
I encourage all writers to consider doing the same.