The Bookish Fox

How to Be a Friendly Ghost

I am going to keep it real with you: we do not live forever. Life is painfully short, and we are never quite sure how long we have on this earth. It is never too early to start talking about how you are going to live on after you die. And, no, I am not talking about strange seance stuff (that always freaks me out when it happen during a movie).  I am talking about your legacy. 

I am sure there are a lot of things that you want to have as part of your legacy. Perhaps you want to have a family. Or you want to donate to causes that you believe in. But, since you are here, I am going to assume that a book is part of your legacy. Also, I am going to assume discovering the Holy Grail (a la Indiana Jones) is also part of it (because why not?). 

Since I cannot help you as well as Sean Connery does in the search for the Holy Grail, I am going to stick with your book legacy. It is undeniable: leaving a book behind is one of the most powerful things you can do. I feel like I am personal friends with Jane Austen and C.S. Lewis, even though they have been dead for years. Why? Because I have read their books. 

Authors who are long gone have changed my life. When I felt stressed about high school life, T.H. White whisked me away to Camelot. When I read Les Miserables, I understood how terrible the death penalty is, and I am now vehemently against it. I felt like I met a kindred spirit when I read Anne of Green Gables in middle school.

Words can last forever. For heaven’s sake, I was sobbing over Virgil in college. Heck, Pitbull’s “Time of Our Lives” is just an echo of Horace’s carpe diem. Talk about staying power.

What does that have to do with you and your book legacy? Well, I hope all of this helps you realize how important your book dream is. It is worth the investment

Your book is worth it. Yes, it is worth the time you are putting into it. Yes, it is worth getting up at 5 AM to write it or staying up until 2 AM to finish it. Yes, it is worth the money you are putting into it. It is worth the money you are pouring into a good editor or buying a beautiful book cover for it. Yes, it is worth spending more money to make sure your book is the best it can be instead of going for the cheaper option.

Your book is your legacy. It is what you will leave behind. Do not give it anything less than your best. 

Ready to invest in your legacy? Let’s work together. In particular, invest in a Novel(ty) Day before the price goes up at the end of the week!

 

 

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