Today, via Facebook messenger, I received this photo of a magazine page from my wonderful niece, Brandy. Thus ensued this epic niece/aunt conversation:
Brandy: I wonder how you get a book in the Good Housekeeping Book Club?
Me (after careful and soulful thought): Probably have to have sold 1,000s of copies, know (or have blown) a celeb, donated a vital organ to an orphan, and pledged your soul to a queen of darkness.
Brandy: Hard to believe you’ve not done at least one of those things!
DISCLAIMER: Of course I am in no way accusing authors of books accepted into famous book clubs of having done such things!! I am merely painting a descriptive image of just how much difficult/uncomfortable work is required to publicize and promote your own book. It ain’t for sissies, I’ll tell you that much.