Reached #1 on Amazon in Spiritual Self-Help and Memoirs: Adventurers!
"Beautifully written, charmingly funny - even hilarious - and remarkably open, honest, and down-to-earth, Ms. McCord has gifted us with a pure example of how life can be such a beautiful, grand adventure..." ~ Starfield Press"The Art of Trapeze had me swinging
through a swirl of spirit and sisterhood. An intensely relatable read-
down to earth, charming, humorous, poignant, and infinitely wise - for
those of us on the path of self discovery and even those who just want a
good story - you will love this book!"~ Sass Jordan, Juno Award-winning Artist, Canadian Idol Judge, Broadway actress
"This is an
inspiring memoir about a brave go-getter who makes things happen! McCord offers
a way to reinterpret spiritual descents into the mines of our consciousness ... She guides us readers into the power of
reemergence as the shining jewels we really are." ~ Rosemary Sneeringer, Literary Editor, Author, TheBookNurturer.com
"In many ways, Molly tells you how to be brutally honest with your own
soul and get on with your own life in an extremely courageous way." ~ Rick DiClemente, Author
"Her fierce determination and belief in herself never fails as she chases her Heart to the heart of her true Self." ~ Lloyd Thompson, Author, Energy Healer
"If you've ever dreamed about a new job, a permanent vacation to another
country, or finding a special person to share your life with, you'll
probably find a little of yourself in Molly's story. And if you allow
it, you might just find a little more of yourself, too." ~ Daryl, Amazon Reviewer
Right here is quite possibly my most valuable real estate on
the whole wide interwebs - my personal author blurb on Amazon. So as much as I want
to tell you something incredibly persuasive about this book, or grab you with a
moving story that will hypnotize you into clicking "buy now", or overwhelm you
with influential reviews, I'm opting to go the logical route instead.
most people associate with books and Amazon these days? (I'll give you until
the count of 2...)
So here is what I have learned about book reviews since my
writings have been published to the world. I had no idea about any of this "behind-the-scenes"
stuff until I was an author, and I assume most readers aren't aware of it,
either. You may be surprised (or not), but it's quite fascinating how the business
of book reviews has evolved.
Reviewing a book is open to anyone who has an Amazon account
whether or not they have actually read the book (no hall monitors on duty!). You
can write a review even if you only read the copyright and the initial free
four pages, including the blank page (which truthfully COULD be the best part
of a book).
Individual book reviews can be purchased for five dollars,
or 10 reviews for five dollars, or through a book marketing package. Or
bribery. Or winning at rock-paper-scissors. Or losing at rock-paper-scissors.
Offering a free book promotion can bring in the lowest
reviews because almost anyone will take anything for free, even if they hate
the genre, or the book cover, or the first 300 pages. My reviews went down after
a free promotion because I write about soul growth and personal development and
terms that are rather esoteric and not really "mainstream." But that Eiffel
Tower on the cover is sure seductive.
Established authors "haze" new authors. Seriously, this is a thing
and it reminds me of West Side
Story - the Sharks and the Jets trying to figure out their respective turf. (Do
you hear the snapping in your ears?) Established authors will publicly knock
down novices, new-kid-at-school-initiation-style, and try to take the wind out
of their sales, so to speak. Of all the things authors have to do in this day
and age, this ranks high for "not really the most effective use of your time."
Great book reviews are incredible and what every author
hopes for, yet bad book reviews are actually normal. They happen to every
author who expands beyond their target demographic. Nothing is for everyone
(except essentials like food, water, shelter, and Bill Murray). When you sell
more books, you get more opinions and you find more people who like to type on
the computer. It just happens and is part of the reality. A few authors with
bad book reviews: Ernest Hemingway, Walt Whitman, and Maya Angelou.
So where am I going with this? Simple: Book reviews reflect
the full spectrum of human behavior.
You'll find cheers, enthusiasm, and excitement; jealously,
envy, manipulation; mean girls, bullying, and personal attacks; and amazing,
devoted readers who want to provide honest feedback and well-thought out
remarks to other readers. You'll find it all - and isn't that great? It's what
makes the system wonderful! We're so lucky to have access to more opinions and
thoughts and insights and things we wouldn't have thought of on our own.
See, if you're going to put something out there, you better
be ready for the opinions that come with it, but you also have to be solid and
confident within yourself regardless of anything else. I think that is just
part of the human experience no matter what industry you're in: you create, you
share, you learn, you discuss, you grow. Rinse and repeat. Add more cheese
(everything is better with cheese).
I have received the most amazing personal emails from
readers about how they have grown, changed, healed, or moved on with their life
because of the last chapter in this book... and frankly, that knowledge within themselves
is the gold. Those private
confessions might not be a public book review, but in my book, public accolades
are not why one should write. Public acclaim and public criticism are two sides
of the same coin, and you have to know when to throw that coin out the window.
If any of my written musings can help you lead a more
powerful, happy, amazing life exactly where you are, that is....just... wow. Completely
humbling. And regardless, I'll still be tapping away at these keys because that
is where I feel joyful, connected to Spirit, and a 6-star experience every
Now maybe buy my book? Because you know Amazon doesn't just
want you hanging out here and loitering.