I've had a number of people approach me lately and ask if I would sign a copy of my new book for them.  Often they seem embarrassed, like they might be bothering me or something.  In my heart I wish each one of those kind people knew that their request gives me great joy.

Making a one-to-one personal connection with a reader is why I write.  Writing is a solitary and lonely occupation . . . just me and my computer in my office.  An author's life also comes with a lot of rejection.  Yes I have a pile of rejection letters and unpublished manuscripts.  In addition to that, many publishers these days are having a hard time making a profit so the small piece of the pie they offer to the author keeps going down and down.  So, in reality, I could work a minimum wage job and earn more.

Every time I'm tempted to give up on writing, a thoughtful individual will contact me and tell me how much a few words I've written have meant to them. Though they are unaware, their personal contact and kind words are my real pay.  So I want to thank you, my readers, for your words of encouragement or for asking me to sign a book for you.  You simply can not know how much you mean to me.  You are the reason I write . . . not for the masses . . . for you.

For example, the other day I heard from Krista.          

Dear Janene-

I just wanted to take a moment to tell you thank you for your priceless new book, For Every Mother. Over the weekend, I purchased 4 copies- one for my mom, mother in law, my sister, and one for myself. I have just finished the first section about the Spring (which happens to be the season I am in now, with 3 small children at home.) I have been sneaking away every possible free moment I have had to get some reading in. This book has really moved me so far, and brought me a renewed sense of purpose and hope and remembrance of the importance of the work I am now doing. It means so much coming from someone who has been there, and done that. Many of your touching anecdotes have brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. I just wanted to say thank you, and I can't wait to finish the book. I also can't wait until Mother's Day, when I will present these priceless gifts to the most special women in my life. You have a true talent-this book is a treasure.

Thanks again,

Krista Chamberlain

Dear Krista,
Thank you so much for writing to me.  You are the reason I write.  When an author and a reader make a personal connection we become deeply satisfying and endearing friends.
With great love and appreciation,



Justin and Tasha said...

I can honestly say I'm not sure when the last time was that I finnished a book, but I read For Every Mother IN 3 DAYS !!! You are an amazing writer and a few of the stories had me in tears. We to have a little boy in the family who's name is Caleb and was only born with the bottom stem of the brain, his family was told he was not going to live long and have almost planned several funerals for him. He is now 14! Although he is confined to his bed most of the time he is such a happy "teen". It is amazing knowing that even being born without a brain, he has more love for everything around him then we can comprehend.
Also, I have had some hard times with my mother " letting go" I have been married for almost 7 years now and have 2 little loving daughters and a wonderful husband who strives hard for his family. Im hoping to give this book to her and let it shed some light on how life should be, not how you want life to be ! I cant thank you enough for the inspiration this book has given me. Thank you and god bless you and your family !
Tasha Riverton, Ut

arianne said...

What wonderful words from your readers. I once saw a writer say everything he wrote was a love note to his mother. I related to that with my own writing.

Anonymous said...

I will echo that. I have been reading your books for years....they helped me get through the years of lots of little ones...and now starting on the next generation and can watch my own daughters go through the same things. Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us.

Janene Baadsgaard said...

Dear Tasha, Arianne and Anonymous,
Thanks you so much for your kind words. They mean the world to me.