Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Week With the Angels

Not so long ago a good friend offered me an opportunity to have angels visit my home for one week. I like to think angels are always watching over the house, kind of like whatever muse is helping me write, but still the offer held appeal. I mean life is a sticky business, so not a good idea to turn down celestial help when it’s offered. Besides, it was a perfect opportunity for my own personal ethereal experience.

The deal was to pick three things to work on with the angels. I set up a place in my study for them to hang out during our week together. Turned out, it was a very good week. The results looked like this:

1. Let go of fear

  • Joined the Goodreads author program and set up three giveaways.
  • Sent Lifethread out to several reviewers.
  • Signed up for a bunch of visiting author blogspots.

The best thing I learned about letting go of fear is that it opens space for gratitude. I am so very grateful to every one of my friends, family, and anonymous readers who have enjoyed my books. It’s makes every minute at the keyboard worth it—even when my characters are misbehaving.

2. Accept success

  • When people ask me what I do, I tell them I’m an author of YA and adult paranormal romantic adventures instead of telling them that someday I’d like to be author.
  • No matter how small or large my royalty checks are, I do a happy dance and thank the angels.
  • I started an L. j. Charles fan page on Facebook:

Writing is a solitary business so I don’t “get out” much, but once in awhile I have the privilege of meeting one of my readers in person. The very best of these meetings happened a few weeks ago when a teenager stood in front of me, clasped Lifethread to her chest, and told me that I’d done it right. For me, that defines success much more than sales numbers or bestseller lists. I will always treasure that moment, and be grateful to the angels—it wouldn’t have happened without their help.

3. Welcome joy

  • Created promotional postcards and business cards for my books—anytime I can combine art and writing it's joyful
  • To celebrate my week with the angels, I had a cappuccino malt at the local diner without worrying about the number of calories and cholesterol involved—yummy
  • Squealed when I sold a bunch of books to a book club—still sighing with delight and very thankful for that one!

What can I say about joy. I try and remember, especially on difficult days, that it’s always there, I just have to keep looking until I find it.

Bottom line: I’m keeping the angels. Surely there’s enough celestial goodness out there for everyone to hoard their own cherubic stash. Right?

Share what three things would you ask from the angels and win a free copy of one of my books—your choice which one and which format (digital or print).


L. j. Charles said...

Good morning, everyone.
So good to be a part of Katie's Monster Mash. As you all may have noticed, I went for the "other side" of monsters to share my week with the angels. I hope you enjoy the "other side."

Lucie j.

Christine Warner said...

Great post, enjoyed it and it started my morning out on a good note. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your success!

L. j. Charles said...

Thanks, Christine. I'm so happy to have helped your Saturday start on a good note.

Would you like to leave an email address and which book you'd like and in which format...should you be the winner?

Lucie j.

Amy DeTrempe said...

Great post and I think I am going to get some angels of my own. But, I do think they are hanging around anyway. I've always thought that. I can't think of three things but there is one. Fear of speaking in public. I get nervous talking about my books to strangers and heaven forbid I would have to do an author reading.

Katie Reus said...

Thank you so much for joining me today, LJ! I love your post on angels :)

NOTE: Please leave your email addresses so LJ has a way to contact you :)

L. j. Charles said...

Hi, Amy.

Hmmm. Does that mean you won't be visiting NC to participate in their new Lady Jane's Salon?

And of course, you know you've planted the seeds for our own Lady Jane's evening sometime during RWA Nationals.

Yep. I'm gonna be all over his one. I'll even tell Ava...and you know how that'll work out! :)

L. j.

L. j. Charles said...

Thanks for having me, Katie. It's very exciting to be a part of the Monster Mash-up even though I wrote about the "other side." There's got to be a balance, Right?

L. j.

L. j. Charles said...

Christine, if you could send me your email address, the book you'd like and the format, I'll send it out to you.

Thanks for commenting.
L. j. Charles