The Challenges of Being a Newly-Published Author

So, I’ve written a book and had it published. How exciting! It seems as if new doors are opening and that I have embarked upon a new career. That is true, but the challenges have only just begun. Now, the task is to get the word out. Major TV networks aren’t exactly knocking at my door. Where do I begin?

These are the questions I had to ask myself after I published my series of hilarious religious satires with a spiritual message. I knew that I had good books that my readers have joyously embraced. The frustrating part has been that I need exposure and that is not an easy thing to get. Nothing in life is free and promotion can be very expensive. While I have been blessed to have some resources, I am not currently in a position to spend megabucks in promoting my books.

I’ve had to pay to get some reviews, to create a video trailer, to broadcast podcasts, to hire a publicist who has done a wonderful job setting up blogs for me. I’ve paid to appear on some radio shows and now other publicists are encouraging me with promises of what they can do to help. It’s just that it means more money. Unfortunately, money doesn’t grow on trees.

I’ve had to be practical, but I have also had to cling to the faith that I have been inspired to write these books for a reason. The interest in my work is there and I have a message of hope to deliver. It is only a matter of remaining strong and believing in myself. My mantra is don’t quit. Dreams do come true.

I practice affirmations and claim that which I wish to possess as if I already had it. But I keep my focus on being grateful for what I already have in my life. The blessings of love have nurtured me and my passions. I am a successful author which is something I never would have imagined. My dreams are unfolding and have already become a reality. Yours can become that too!

Davis Aujourd’hui is the creator of a series of religious and social satires. The Misadventures of Sister Mary Olga Fortitude is the first book in the series. Babes in Bucksnort is the first sequel. Have A Heart will be the next book within the series before the author will take his readers backward in time in order to trace the deliciously dysfunctional roots of his delightfully human characters. For information on the continuing Sister Mary Olga Fortitude series and intimate articles written by the author, visit his blogs at: