9/02/2009

READERS RAVE

 8:06 AM PDT, September 2, 2009

Hi again Blog Readers,

I have always said I'd like to make friends of my readers. More and more, month by month, readers' letters expressing affection, friendship and (like the one below) just plain admiration for the usefulness of my books, have been landing in my myriad mailboxes.

Obviously, it's a treat knowing that people like to read my books. I know I can be funny and folks enjoy humor. My books are also dead useful. That's a plus. But of later I have begun to think I'm a pretty good writer as well.

 At first, I hated every word I wrote and thought it all sounded puerile and dull. "Nobody would want to read this!" I would snarl at myself as I crumpled another page (typewriter days) and tossed it in the wastebasket.

But nowadays - 25 years on - thanks to my well-developed sense of drudgery and my enthusiastic readers, I have begun to believe I can write well. Big leap for me in the self confidence department. Mostly thanks to you, my devoted fans and readers of all ages, sizes, colors nationalities and beliefs. You come from everywhere on the planet: India, Malaysia, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, France, Rumania, Bulgaria, Germany, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Canada, and of course the USA. As I said, I always wanted my readers to be my friends. But I never expected to be lucky enough to have so many loving and sundry friends. It's exhilarating! Thrilling!

From time to time, I will post one of the many letters I have received - just so you can share my joy at having gone from being an insecure, novice beginner writer to a pro who actually gets laudatory letters from readers. 

If you are a beginning writer, stick with it. Accept criticism from editors who know their stuff. Take courses. Get feedback. Little by little you will improve. Then, one day, you may write an article or an essay. Then of course you will graduate to wanting to write books. Becoming a published author is a long and often times discouraging road. But, looking back, I don't regret a single pebble in my shoe on that arduous path. It was worth it. Adversity teaches us such valuable lessons.

For that alone, I am grateful.

HERE'S ONE OF TODAY'S (SEPT 2, 2009) ENCOURAGING LETTERS:

Suzanne,

Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you! Your books New Chinese Astrology and The New Astrology have been invaluable tools in helping me deal with ALL of my relationships for almost 5 years now. My mother (Pisces/Dog) and I bumped heads constantly and I now understand why; I have adapted my style of dealing with her to cut down on the drama when we're together. I use it to facilitate communication between my 14 year old daughter and I. I have learned how to deal with people at work and other relationships.

I feel as though I am sneaking around inside of people's heads...this is my secret weapon, a weapon used for good though! I truly love helping people, (I teach English to immigrants) and I think that having compassion and an understanding for individuals is key to providing help and developing meaningful relationships. These books are and will always be a part of my teaching tool-kit.

God Bless, CW. (Chicago)

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