As I lay there, sleeping, my dream took me in front of my home computer. On my monitor displayed Amazon's DTP page, where an author can go to check how many books they've sold for the month. At first there wasn't a change from what I had seen the night before; 52 books with 2 books returned, real total 50 books. I clicked on the six week report (which gives the author their average royalty amount for the six prior weeks) and noticed my totals didn't add up to what it had been prior to my dream. It said $10,000. I clicked back to the DTP report and saw that my total went from 50 to 100, then 200, then 300. Every time I clicked the F5 button on my keyboard the number of books sold jumped up by over 100 books. I was floored!
Just as I was going to excitedly tell my husband about my 'best seller', I woke up. But I woke up with a smile on my face.
As the day progressed, it was a very busy day at work - but for some reason I couldn't get that smile off my face. No matter how many phone calls I took from clients who were upset or had troubles, I felt my voice melting their anger and their tones seemed to change immediately. Perhaps it was my perky attitude today? Perhaps my smile eminated through the phone? I don't rightly know.
Once I came home and after the kiddos were off to bed, I checked my e-mail, checked a few other things, and was directed to GoodReads (a friend request). I accepted the friend request, and noticed that my ratings were different, so I checked out the reviews on my book (The Kindness of Strangers), and saw that someone had left it a 3 * rating. No written review was given, but seeing a 3 * rating was all it took to bring my smile right back from a grin. I know some people pooh-pooh over a 3 * rating, but I'm estatic! Someone read my book!! Someone read it and even somewhat liked it!!! How fantastic is that?!
I ALSO noticed another book was listed under my author page, and I saw that a short story collection I had submitted to was now listed in GoodReads as well. How extra specially exciting is that? For me, wicked, extra special! LOL
So, today started off wonderful and, since I'll be going to bed shortly, also ended up wonderful. And to think ... it all started off because of a dream ...