I’m proud to host Hilary Grossman, author of Dangled Carat. Hilary is the Spotlight Author for Rave Reviews Book Club.
Without fail, every time I ask a co-worker of mine how he is doing I get the same answer, “It’s a dog eat dog world, and I am wearing Milk Bone underwear.” His answer always makes me laugh, but it also makes me sad
I have the least “author-like” day job. I am the CFO of a import and distribution company. I have worked in corporate America for a very long time. Sadly, for the most part, the majority of people I come in contact with are beyond competitive. They are sometimes almost ruthless, with one goal in mind… to get ahead. And in their quest for success there is only one person that usually matters… themselves.
The first time you see this first hand it is painful. You are disappointed in their actions and are saddened. But over time, you come to terms with it, and almost expect it
When I published my book, DANGLED CARAT, I didn’t know what to expect of fellow authors. What would they be like? Would they be fiercely competitive too? Would they only care about their sales, the rankings of their books, and the number of reviews they have on Amazon and GoodReads?
I have to say, I feared the worst….
And man was I wrong! I have been completely blown away by the compassion and the generosity of all the authors I have come in contact with! Each and everyone is willing to share with a newbie the hard and sometimes painful lessons that they learned. They are eager to join forces to organize and host giveaways. They selflessly cross promote other’s books on social media. They don’t hesitate to help you tweak your book’s blurb or offer cover art suggestions. They are there to help you celebrate your successes. And when you need a shoulder to cry on they are there too.
I am so thankful for all the wonderful people who I have met during my journey from manuscript to publication to promotion. By far the friendships I have formed as a result have been one of the best parts of writing my book… which is amazing because writing DANGLED CARAT was already a dream come true.
Hilary Grossman dated a guy so commitment-phobic that she was able to write a book about their relationship. She is currently the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer and lives on Long Island.