I am by no means an expert at this, but it seems as though there is a roller coaster of emotions following the publication of a book.
There is great excitement and satisfaction the first time a printed copy is in your hands. All the work. All the research. All the editing. Done. It is finished and available, and it is a great feeling.
Accompanying this is a rush of enthusiasm as energy is spent trying to spread the word about the book. Believing in the published work, and the message that is put forth, creates a desire and belief that the reader will be moved and challenged. The trick is getting it into the reader's hands.
Trips to the post office are made in order to send out purchased copies. The energy and enthusiasm is still there, but the package is dropped off with slightly shaky hands. What if they don't like it? What if someone finds it boring and is upset they purchased the book?
Leaving the post office results in a time of silence. The book is out and being read. The first wave of sellers has come and gone. Will anyone else buy? Will the first reports come back carrying news of encouragement or word of discouragement?
Then, slowly, feedback finds its way home.
I feel as though in the past few weeks I have been hovering around in that final silent stage. It is a scary and unsettling place to be. However, within the past few days I have received a few different notes regarding the book and the work God is doing through it. I want to share an email I received, not in an effort to in any way boast - but to rejoice in knowing God is moving through the book. If you know of anyone who would benefit from reading a copy of Footprints of the Unnamed please get in touch with me as I would love to make another trip to the post office.
Hey thanks for sending the book! It looks really good! I haven't been able to read too much yet but I read through the intro and recognized it from when you spoke in chapel. That day really had an impact on me and got me thinking about the impact that I was having on others and what kind of footprint I'm leaving behind. I've carried those words with me ever since and am constantly trying to be aware of the type of person I am and how I treat others and how they will be able to see Christ in my life.