I know, I know … I am such a child! I used to be one of those tiny tots who would be positively angelic whenever the idea of receiving stars was mentioned by our teacher. If we received a GOLD star, we would also be allowed to choose a Smartie – oh they were the days! no such outrageous bribery in the shape of sugar and additives is allowed in any self-respecting school nowadays.
As regular readers of the CreaTEAvity blog will know, I recently had a l’il mini-ebook published via Tempest Press on Kindle, to help raise funds for The Haven breast cancer support charity … the full information can be found here: http://createavity.com/2012/10/22/deliriously/
A couple of days after publication, my dear friend Lynn Serafinn – a very wise book publisher soul - posted a message on Facebook, congratulating me on hitting the Amazon UK bestseller lists. I remember thinking “What? No way!”… after all, I have worked on enough book launches to know how important – and how difficult – it is to hit the bestseller lists. She sent me over a screenshot of the charts as of that moment …
Well, imagine my surprise later that day when Lynn shared with me another screenshot – showing how I was much higher up in the bestseller charts – I was so excited, I could barely breathe!
The good vibes just kept on rolling … for then I saw a few days later that I had a FIVE STAR review! Oh my! FIVE gold stars *yeahhh* This was just such a precious gift and I truly hope that others who have read Callie’s Story will also consider sharing with me their thoughts – either via this blog, via my new Facebook Authors page : www.facebook.com/calliecarling or (preferably) on the Amazon sites, either UK or US.
This was never, ever a money-making exercise : this was purely a way to share a message – one hopefully of hope! – and raise a little bit of money for a charity very dear to my heart. So to know that I have touched people so deeply is truly a wonderful and very precious gift that I am so blessed to receive.
So yes : 5 stars DO matter. They matter in this instance because I know that I have touched people, perhaps even made their own journey a little bit easier to bear.
Last but not least, I would love to share with you an excerpt from a friend’s email. This particular friend has been witness to some very bumpy rides of mine over the past few years and has been adamant that I need to write a book (a full-size book):
” … it made me cry, you have written it so beautifully, simply and from the heart. The compassion you now have for yourself shines through and that is so very important, you are loving yourself, you have done it!! Well done, so hugely, words cannot really express fully what I mean but well done on so many levels. You are an absolute inspiration and a joy to know. May many, many people be blessed with the gift of you and your story. I feel your experience and journey will have such a profound effect on others, well actually, it already has but will continue to do so for many years to come. My wish is that it reaches out to all those who need its beautiful energy.”
Bless you all for sharing such a spectacularly colourful ride with me …
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