Getting the word out about my memoir day by day

There has been a lot of mentions of my memoir, Leaving the Hall Light On. On Saturday two women wrote they have to read my book in a conversation on the Facebook page called Loss of An Adult or Young Adult Child.

Monday I got a call from an old friend of Bob’s who lives in Springfield IL that he just finished my book and how much he thinks it will help others.

Yesterday I received an actual letter from a woman I’ve never met. She said someone gave her my book and this was the first time I have found a story about my son Jason¦our stories are the same. Her own son died by suicide ten years ago. She also said and this is mind blowing that my Paul was in her home in Redondo Beach. She says she’d like to speak with me and left a phone number. I called and left a message but haven’t heard back.

This letter only emphasizes how many stories are out there like my own. I hear words like this mother’s over and over again when I tell them what my book is about.

And, I did figure out who gave her the book. I’ll divulge that as soon as the story plays out a little more.

Then today, Leaving the Hall Light On was the featured book on Book#HashTags, the place for finding and joining in conversations about the books we love. The hash tag for my book is #LightOn.

WOW. I wonder what’s in store for tomorrow.

All this attention is definitely a good sign. It means word is getting out, and supposedly word of mouth is the best way to sell books. Right now I don’t see a lot big sales results, but I am indeed encouraged. The more people who read and know about my book gets us closer to erasing the stigma of mental illness and suicide and hopefully to saving lives.

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