By Phyllis Staton Campbell
With stocks dropping, offices closing, and let’s not forget the eminent disappearance of toilet paper, some people are wondering what impact this crisis has on the lives of writers. Well, if you’re James Patterson or JK Rawling, probably none. You have fought for your place and won. Your fame and bank account are pretty solid, even if your stocks are dropping, but what about those of us who are down at the bottom of that ladder, still looking up, and often sliding a bit lower?
Believe it or not, there could be advantages. What!” you say. Certainly people are staying home more, or perhaps should. What does one do while staying at home. Well, some play video games, but for others, it’s a chance to read those books they’ve been meaning to read, and hopefully to become acquainted with some they have just discovered. Enter Amazon, and the other online booksellers. For those who read using their computer, phone or pad, it’s simple, go online, browse around, choose your book, and it’s delivered right to your device. Digital books are less expensive than the printed books. For example, my book during the introduction campaign, title Where Sheep may safely Graze, sells in digital format for $2.99 where the softcover sells for $11.95. Even Patterson and Rawlings books are less expensive. If, however, you want the feel of that book in your hands, you can order hardcover or softcover, and if you are a prime member, it can usually ship free, and arrive in two days.
Okay, what’s the down side? If you have scheduled book signings or readings, you will get a very small crowd even if the venue isn’t closed. However, pod casts, and other online appearances are likely still on.
Is there a moral here? Well, this is a good time to consider reading more, and although I suppose this is self-serving, consider getting to know the writers who aren’t peering down from the top of that ladder called success. You might discover a new favorite writer.
Blessings to all
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phyllis Staton Campbell, who was born blind, writes about the world she knows best. She calls on her experience as teacher of the blind, peer counselor and youth transition coordinator. She says that she lives the lives of her characters: lives of sorrow and joy; triumph and failure; hope and despair. That she and her characters sometimes see the world in a different way, adds depth to the story. She sees color in the warmth of the sun on her face, the smell of rain, the call of a cardinal, and God, in a rainbow of love and grace.
Although she was born in Amherst County, Virginia, she has lived most of her life in Staunton, Virginia, where she serves as organist at historic Faith Lutheran church, not far from the home she shared with her husband, Chuck, who waits beyond that door called death.
Books by Phyllis Campbell, writing as Phyllis Staton Campbell
Where Sheep May Safely Graze
2020, Goin’ Home, Sequel to Where Sheep May Safely Graze
A Place To Belong Re-release
Other Books by Phyllis Campbell
COME HOME MY HEART, 1985.
REPRINTED IN 2001
FRIENDSHIPS IN THE DARK, 1996 Reprint 1997
The Evil Men Do 2006, true crime, written under contract for the family of the victim.
Who Will hear Them Cry, April, 2012
Out of the Night February, 2014
5.0 out of 5 Where Sheep May Safely Graze This book was wonderful. It held my attention from the first page …
This book was wonderful. It held my attention from the first page until the end and I did not want it to end. I hope a second book will be forth coming. Kudos to you Phyllis for the best book I have read in a long time.
If you would like to contact Phyllis email her at: Pcampbell16@verizon.net
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