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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Your Book: The Best Christmas Gift

Yes it is. You've worked your sanity out getting your book together. You've poured your heart and soul into it, and invested precious hours into its completion. Your finished book contains a large part of you now, whether you like it or not. It is an extension of you.

Why shouldn't your book be a Christmas gift? Why not give your loved ones something that means a lot to you?

Maybe you're thinking that they won't appreciate what you have to offer. Maybe most of the people who matter to you don't read comics. Maybe you're thinking that you should give them something that they need, instead of forcing your book into their faces.

But that's not the point.

You're not giving them a book. You're giving them a part of you, even if your book is about decapitating undead.

Make a list of people whom you care about, and give them your book. Write a personal note on the fly leaf, the page under the front cover. Write a sentence or two filled with all the sincerity you've got, of how important they are to you. Even if it's as simple as, "I know this book is about decapitating undead, but making this book meant a lot to me, and that's why I'm sharing it with you. Merry Christmas." You don't have to ask them to read the book itself.

Don't limit this to your locality. If you have close friends or loved ones in other countries, try to send them copies, too, with the same heartfelt note as described.

And if your book is really good, who knows where it'll end up.