Today is a milestone in my life, for two reasons. One is that it is the 82nd anniversary of the German invasion of Poland. The second is my method of observing and commemorating the events following that date, the publication of the second book in my Holocaust trilogy. This book is entitled, The girl, the gift, the Warsaw Ghetto – Resistance through hope and courage.
You can probably imagine (correctly) that this book is the product of intense research and creation, one that is consistent with my dedication to making certain that the horrors of the Holocaust are never forgotten. Toward that end, I will take a short break, then begin work on the third book in this trilogy. If the book is not immediately visible on Amazon, it will be within the next few days.
One of the things that I have learned through publishing this third book of my career is the fact that it is a false assumption to believe that everyone I know and love will both buy the book and read it. This is not to suggest that I don’t trust people or that I suspect their intentions in any way. But there are several realities to consider.
The first is that the subject of the Holocaust is not one that everyone wants to investigate or research. That’s not a bad thing. I don’t read or enjoy science fiction. Many people I know enjoy thrillers or crime drama. So if it’s simply the taste fairy that prevents people from reading my book, that’s fine.
It’s also the fact that many of those around me simply don’t have the time to read. Whether it is due to occupation or life style circumstances, reading time is not a given. And I understand that as well.
But the most important lesson I’ve learned through publishing books is simply not to ask. In those cases where people have read and enjoyed my book, they will be quick to tell me. If there are some who have read and not appreciated the work, they are unlikely to tell me so. The critical part is that I won’t ask because I don’t want anyone to feel pressured to buy and read what I write.
The popularity of my books is vastly second to the message that I seek to communicate. And I never want to put anyone on the spot to explain why they haven’t read one of them. I do hope that you are a fan. Whether or not you are, you are still my friends and treasured family members. Shalom.