Smiling in the face of fear

by Cynthia on August 21, 2012

Raising my girls is the scariest, most wonderful thing I’ve ever done.

Publishing Symphony of Dreams is probably second on the list. I must admit it’s neck and neck  with being part of a live improv show which I did last Saturday. However, in an improv show, you work with others in the crew and the show is over within–say–two hours. In publishing, you’re out there solo.  And . . . for a great deal of that time, the audience is silent. I am so grateful to the bloggers and reviewers who religiously read and post. Otherwise, that silence would possibly drag on forever.

Kirkus is a company that has been reviewing books since 1933. I wanted them to take a look at Symphony of Dreams, so I submitted the book to them on June 13th of this year. Part of me couldn’t wait until the review was done. The rest of me was terrified. Their opinion holds a lot of weight and every time I thought about what they would say, my stomach ached.

I received my Kirkus review today and I cried off and on for an hour. They confirmed what the readers have been saying. I was completely blown away. So, thanks to all you readers and bloggers and reviewers who believe in Symphony. Please keep talking about the story and help me get it out there. Oh . . . and thanks, Kirkus.

What do you think? Should I have them publish the review in their catalog?

With love,



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Max August 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Congratulations, Cindy. I’m so pleased for you. Loved your book.


Bob & Ruth August 21, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Yes! have it published. Great review and true. Love it. Love you. Bob and Ruth : )


Cynthia August 22, 2012 at 6:36 am

Consider it done.


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