2015~~~I can't believe it has been a year since my book was published. Is it really that time of year again? With Thanksgiving 2015 in the history books and Christmas Day 24 days away, the Gates Family is already celebrating the best time of year. The nativity and Christmas tree went up on Thanksgiving Day and dare I say we began Christmas music a little earlier this year? Maybe before Thanksgiving?!!!  The following was written a year ago. Just a reminder how I feel about promoting something I've done, and that Confessions of a Farmer's Daughter is still available for purchase. It would make a great gift for stocking stuffer.  Happy December 1!!!!! I thought writing a book was hard work and it is. I then thought editing and formatting was the hardest thing in publishing. And it is!!  There's a very good reason people are professional editors. But even harder than all that is the marketing and promotion of a book I've worked on for six years. A message I believe in 100%. But promoting my book feels like I'm saying to the world
Hey, look at me, now buy my book.
And that is not me at all. Even writing these sentences brings a bit of discomfort because I'm trying to tell you I'm a humble person and not 'pompous and self-centered', as I write about promotion. I am relieved to find promotion is shed in a positive light as I looked up the definition before beginning this post. According to Dictionary.com promote means
to help or encourage to exist or flourish, to promote world peace; education, to put ahead to the next higher stage or grade of course; to encourage the sales, acceptance, etc. of a product especially through advertising or other publicity.
I like the word encourage!!!
 If you have read my book, I would love to have you write a review and post it on Amazon. On the page where you buy the book is a place you can write a review.  I did receive the highest compliment this week from my daughter Kelsey. In my opinion it is the highest compliment an author can receive. Am I an author? I don't know if I can call myself that yet. What is the definition of author?
Anyway, Kelsey sent me a text this past week saying
I think you are a fabulous writer and really pull the reader in with the way you explain everything and just create a picture with your words.
She makes me blush!