Laura A. Grace’s book is now available and out in the world! And to celebrate, as part of the blog tour, she’s here today to tell us about her experience, the doubts and fears that faced her, and how she overcame them all in order to publish this lovely book.
How an Anime Helped Me Publish (and Market) My Book
“I can’t do this. People are going to think I’m a joke!”
Somewhere around the time of me sharing the news publicly that I was publishing my book Dear Author: Letters from a Bookish Fangirl, there I was, standing in my bathroom at midnight, paralyzed in fear.
It finally sunk in that this “book stuff” was actually happening and I would have a physical book I could promote and market.
But as I stood in the bathroom, internally shaking, all I could think was, “How?”
How could I do this?
Wonder if people thought I had no idea what I was doing?
Did I even really know what I was doing?
In that moment of time, the questions that twirled in my mind seemed as rapid as a tornado. No way could I focus on preparing for bed when I might be making one of the biggest mistakes of my life. (That sounds so dramatic to write now.)
Yet, just as quickly as the tornado formed and rampaged my mind, so it disappeared, and the sun shone through all the panic and fear.
I could trust God with all that I am, eyes closed, and know the outcome would be okay.
You see, around that same time all this was happening, my husband and I had started an anime called Haikyu (which is amazing!), and as a brief, non-spoiler mention, one of the characters jumps with his eyes closed. He puts absolute trust that the person who would be tossing him the ball to spike over the net would deliver it straight into his hand.
When I watched the anime for the first time (and every time since), I’ve cried because while I stood in my bathroom, I had this incredible image of being in that character’s shoes. That if he was able to overcome his “disadvantages” (ones others told him and ones he told himself) and spike the volleyball over the net, then surely I could “just jump” and do the same.
But what I needed to jump with was faith.
Trust and jump that I wouldn’t make a fool of myself.
Trust and jump that I didn’t need to compare myself to anyone.
Trust and jump that God had a bigger plan than my plan.
Because in reality, the “team” on the other side of that net was me.
The worried me.
The doubtful me.
The scared me.
They’re all throwing words that make me feel like I can’t jump high enough or even be enough to play in this game.
But when I published Dear Author: Letters from a Bookish Fangirl, God didn’t ask me how high I could jump or how many points I could score.
No, He asked me to have faith and trust in Him to jump with all I am.
And there I was, in my bathroom at midnight, realizing that like one of my favorite anime characters, I would jump with eyes closed, hand extended to hit the ball because I love this book (and my other stories) too much not to jump.
I’ll jump with faith because faith is what got me here.
Publishing and sharing my book with you.
Dear Author: Letters from a Bookish Fangirl
Think your words might not matter? Think again.
Words have the power to change lives, especially when they are used to create meaningful stories. In this collection of letters, bookish fangirl Laura A. Grace addresses topics related to every writer’s journey. From “character conversations,” to embracing one’s unique writing style, to celebrating a release day—there is a letter for every author no matter where they may be in sharing their story with others.
“Dear Author” includes six illustrations by Hannah S.J. Williams.
Know what else? There’s going to be a Facebook Book Release Party!
Join in the celebration of Laura A. Grace’s debut motivational, Dear Author: Letters form a Bookish Fangirl, on December 5th from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM EST (5:30 PM PST and 6:30 PM MDT)!
Grab your favorite drink and snack and be prepared for a fun time of encouragement, games, and giveaways. (Possibly an exclusive sneak peek to upcoming projects!)
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, December 2nd
- Author Interview: The Pen of the Writer
- Book Review: Cobonham
- Book Spotlight: Where Fantasy and Reality Meet
Tuesday, December 3rd
- Guest Post “How an Anime Helped Me Publish (and Market) My Book”: Author E.E. Rawls
- Book Review: BlondeRJ
Wednesday, December 4th
Thursday, December 5th
Friday, December 6th
- Guest Post “Living Chosen Is Obeying”: Tabitha Caplinger
- Author Interview: Author K.A. Cummins
- Author Interview: Paper Ink & Lizard
Saturday, December 7th
Monday, December 9th
- Book Review & Fun Interview from Pam Halter: Fairies, Fantasy and Faith
- Book Review: Coming Up Roses
- Book Review: Seasons of Humility
Tuesday, December 10th
Wednesday, December 11th
- Video Book Review: Janeen Ippolito
- Book Review & Guest “Embrace Your Inner Fangirl: Three Easy Ways to Support Authors (That Don’t Require Reviewing or Purchasing Books)”: Wounded but Hopeful
Thursday, December 12th
- Book Review: Rand Reviews
Friday, December 13th
Saturday, December 14th
- Book Spotlight on Instagram: Simmeringmind
About the Author
Laura A. Grace had a lifelong dream of getting to know authors behind the covers of her favorite reads. Little did she know that one day she would become an author too! Now an avid book blogger at Unicorn Quester and writer of clean, Christian manga, Laura creatively balances her passions of supporting indie authors and feeding her readers new stories. In between, she wields plastic lightsabers with her children and binge-watches anime with her husband. Join her quest to find wandering unicorns for your favorite authors at unicornquester.com!
~Happy reading, all!