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Lesson Learned?

You are looking at MY copy of John Grisham’s Camino Island autographed to me, which reads, “Keep Writing!” John Grisham! Seriously? This was a gift from my friend and co-writer, Liz Tipping, and yes – there is a story here and a lesson to be learned.

Some time ago, Liz mentioned she had purchased a ticket to the “very limited seating” event at Parnassus Books for Mr. Grisham’s event to sign his new book. It wasn’t that I didn’t have the $100, but with all the costs of self-publishing, I do weigh my choices very seriously and, being on such a tight schedule with never enough time to get to the things I need to do to get The Wait as much exposure as possible, I decided that there was probably no way I’d end up in front of him so I’d be better off using that money on some other sort of marketing. Anyway, they probably just hand you a book at the beginning of the event which he has signed ahead of time. There wouldn’t be any way a fledgling author (whose book is on the shelf at Parnassus) would end up in front of such an esteemed author such as Mr. Grisham . . . yeah, no way.

So, here’s what would have happened HAD I NOT DOUBTED AND GONE! I’m standing in line. I stand in front of Mr. Grisham. Liz introduces me since a cat has my tongue and points out my new book, The Wait, which is on the shelf here in the store and which I have in my hand and could possibly be able to GIVE to him as a gift. Mr. Grisham smiles, signs “Keep Writing,” mumbles a few words of encouragement as 15 or 20 other people now know I am a fledgling author with a new book AND know that my book is right there on the shelf at Parnassus!

It’s better to take the chance that something MIGHT happen, then assume it won’t and kick yourself for the rest of your life for missing that opportunity. Remember the story of the drowning man? 

Flood. Man on the roof of his houseA fellow was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He was praying to God for help.

Soon a man in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.”

The stranded fellow shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me.”

So the rowboat went on.

Then a motorboat came by. “The fellow in the motorboat shouted, “Jump in, I can save you.”

To this the stranded man said, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”

So the motorboat went on.

Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety.”

To this the stranded man again replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”

So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.

Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point he exclaimed, “I had faith in you but you didn’t save me, you let me drown. I don’t understand why!”

To this God replied, “I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?”


Keep on Keeping On!

Lisa Kaye Presley


A Visit With Dekalb County Historian

I had a blast with 85-year-old Tommy Webb at the Justin Potter Library in Smithville, Tennessee yesterday. I really wish I would have met him when I was researching for THE WAIT, although I did use his research material!

We talk about a time where everyone came to square on Saturday and the veterans from WWII whom he had talked to and interviewed for one of his books. He told me a story about a black woman named Eunice. Throughout the morning, we both would choke on our tears before he could even finish the stories.

My heart is made even more full for the people of the 30s and 40’s and their sacrifices!

I feel as though I just met a truly gifted, brilliant man who has made it his life’s work to archive all the history of Dekalb County. I’m so humbled and grateful for this man! I gave him THE WAIT! Can’t wait to see how much he likes it!

Hopefully, I will be at the library signing books soon. The date will be announced in the Smithville Review and the Justin Potter Library.

Join Me In Historic Rugby, Tennessee June 10th – 11th, 2017

Join me in Rugby, Tennessee for the Classic Car Show and Street Fair. I’ll be joining other crafters, artists, builders, etc. along Rugby Highway in Historic Rugby, Tennessee on Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11, 2017 to sign and sell copies of THE WAIT.

I’ve come to know and love the people of Rugby, Tennessee, and they have welcomed me with open arms. When Jennie at the Commissary at Rugby asked if I wanted to be a part of the Festival, I was thrilled! To sell a story, which involves the rich history of Tennessee at an event promoting the arts and crafts of Tennessee artists and craftsmen is an honor. To be cast in the category of these talented individuals, is quite humbling.

I hope to see you there!

For more, click on the link below:

Classic Car Show And Street Fair

The Wait on Amazon Rankings

Okay, my friends. Once again, I’m calling upon you for help!
All of you I asked to wait and order from Amazon, now is the time! Bookstore owners and some other people I’m talking to look at those rankings! If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, I sure would appreciate it! I can’t let this momentum die!
It doesn’t matter which format, but the paperback is really nice. The cover has a beautiful feel in matte laminate; a good size to carry around!
It actually has 13 5-star reviews at this time! If you have finished and can leave a review, I’d be very grateful!
Thanks, and much love to everyone who has supported this venture!
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