When I joined WordPress I was looking for a static location to plug my book. I wanted a place I could direct people to if they wanted to purchase my book online simply a website with a description of my novel, a brief bio, and my “buy it now” button.
But the book wasn’t quite available when I went online, and I figured I better get some content going, once word got out the website was live. I figured maybe I’d blog a bit about becoming an author while I waited.
Now that I have launched my book, my “buy it now” button is in place, and I am so sick of self-promotion, I can’t even stand to look at myself in the mirror anymore, I figured it would be a great time to switch gears a little and do a little bit of blogging that isn’t all about me, not completely.
Today I received a beautiful gift from my husband. It was an anniversary present that he ordered from Australia, a beautiful silk scarf. Lucky me!!! The gift was thoughtfully selected because beyond being beautiful, silk, and handmade it has deeper meaning. When I wear it as a wrap, the printed design is of wings. Eagles are a significant totem for me, and these wings made my husband think of eagles and me.
However when I opened the gift, and read the accompanying literature included by the artist, the gift became more meaningful for a whole other reason. It was made by a fellow artist.
I have only begun to go out and flog my craft, “my art” if you will. I’ve done a farmer’s market, a community garage sale, and a library visit. Although word of mouth has been incredible and every day I am getting more and more recommendations and signings, I am seeing how hard it is, selling by the onesies and twosies. It has given me a whole new appreciation for artists. I have to say I love this scarf even more because I know the gift is supporting someone else’s art.
Gift buying and gift receiving of this type feels less like mindless consuming and more like mindful purchasing. I am loving sites like Etsy.com. My husband is a huge internet explorer who has turned me on to websites and artists I never would have known if not for his curiosity. I have received some spectacular gifts from him like the scarf above and bracelet below…
and he is getting some pretty funny t-shirts for father’s day.