|this is what Haley looks like, well, if she were a cartoon version of herself (drawing by Haley)|
I immediately emailed Haley:“Hey, Haley! You should totally do the A to Z Challenge because then you will get tons more exposure and positive publicity for our book.”
Even though it was only an email and not an actual phone conversation, I could tell she was thinking long and hard about what I had written. Finally, she emailed me back a response. I will paraphrase it for you:“Thanks, MOV! Great advice. Since you are doing the A to Z Challenge, I will do it, too. I mean, how hard can it be, to write something witty and entertaining every single day? And in my case, even add a clever illustration? Can’t be that difficult, right?! Thanks so much for the motivation!”
Whoa. Whoa, there, cowgirl. How could she have so completely and grossly misinterpreted an innocent one line email from me? I never mentioned anything about me participating! Did I? I went back to my “Sent” email to re-read what I had written. Was I participating? Nope. Never mentioned it. And what was with the “How hard can it be?” thing? Damn hard, that’s what. There was no way I was going to do A to Z! I had done it last year, and once was clearly enough.Then something happened. My evil fingers commandeered the keyboard of my computer and typed the following:
“Right, Haley! Awesome! Of course I will be participating! Yep, you bet!”Now I was stuck. I hate to be one of those people who says they will do something and then they flake out and don’t do it after all, and then everyone’s expectations are dashed. So you know what?
I’m doing it. See you Monday. Get ready.MOV
*Totally made that up about our ranking on Amazon ... but we could be Number 1 if you all buy our book! Only $10.99.
|blatant commercialization attempt|