An Open Letter to My “Fans”
First, a clarification. In the title of this post I put fans in quotes because, to me, having fans means you’re a celebrity or very public figure and I don’t see myself as either. I’m a guy. A dad. A husband. A friend. A regular Joe. And I happen to write books.
Okay, now that we got that out of the way . . .
I’ve said before several times and I’ll continue to say it until someone staples my mouth shut (then I’ll write it): I have the best “fans” in the writing world. Obviously, I don’t have the most or I wouldn’t be squeezing my writing into the early morning hours before going to my real job; I wouldn’t be typing this on a borrowed computer because my home computer is still on dial-up and slower than a slug with the palsy. But though you might be smaller than some in number, you more than make up for it in enthusiasm, support, and loyalty.
And others have noticed. My good friend, Tim George, who runs the Unveiled website and reviews books regularly has recently noticed that whenever he posts about me or my books, the first-time visitors stats to his site jump more than with any other author. The hits jump. The “Likes” of the post pile up quickly.
Folks, that’s not me . . . it’s you.
Your support is humbling and honoring. I mean that. The emails you send, the Facebook messages, the posts, the comments, they don’t go unnoticed. I read every one and am humbled every time. And others read them too.
So I just wanted to say thank you. I get a lot of comments and emails from readers thanking me for writing, for putting my heart and soul out there, and for doing what little I do to make a difference. But rarely does anyone thank you, the ones who make all this possible, the ones who keep me writing, who lift me up, who encourage me.
So thank you. Thank you!
Now, this will be the first of a couple more letters to my “fans.” Others will follow and news will be shared. In the upcoming months and year I’ll need you more than ever. No, it’s nothing with my health. As far as I know, I’m out of that dark cancer woods. I’ve been making some tough decisions that will affect you and me both. Decisions I’m excited about but that come with some jittery nerves as well. Stay tuned for that.
In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy Darkness Follows. I hope the story will thrill you and the message will cause you to ponder the wondrous love of our Heavenly Father. Our Daddy. And I hope you’ll take a moment to help spread the word, too. Maybe post a review on Amazon, post a link or comment on Facebook, or talk to friend about it.
Again, thank you. I know some of you but many I’ve never met and, unortunately, never will meet. But I appreciate all of you.