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Jun 18, 2019

Post-Partum Redux

I’ve been throwing my own variation of a spiritual tantrum lately. Maybe you can understand. I’ve done my share of writing, social media and speaking. Okay, Universe, Your Turn!

After the excitement of my travel, book signings and workshops has subsided, the quiet is deafening and my memoir is not a bestseller yet. What?!

Each time a friend or acquaintance lets me know how much s/he’s enjoyed my story, I humbly ask that they write a review for me on amazon. I’ve amassed 20 so far and am touched over and over again by my friends’ generosity and writing talent.

I know it takes time. But, I’m impatient. I know I’m not alone in that. Watching the Tony Awards show last week I totally fell in love with Andre De Shields acceptance speech for his role in Hadestown. He gave the audience three reminders of what greatness takes:

  1. No one does it alone.
  2. It takes a long time.
  3. When you get to the top of one mountain, you’re now on the bottom of the next.

Message to self: Be patient, get busy with whatever’s next and enjoy the 24 hours in front of me. Yes, please borrow my prescription if you need it too.

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  1. Adrienne

    Hi, Jane! I totally understand! After traveling and speaking and telling your story, it’s a letdown not knowing what to do next.
    Who is your publicist? Does he/she have any more ideas?
    I have so many questions myself. I’m the type of person who just might go out, books in hand, and sell them (well, consign them without payment until sold) to any small shop in my neighborhood with a cash register! You laugh perhaps, because first of all, it’s a lot of work for little money, but I actually did see a few books for sale at our local pharmacy. They were just sitting there on the counter next to the chewing gum by the register.
    Do you know yet how many books you’ve sold?

    • Jane Pollak

      @Adrienne I love your spirit! Thank you for the motivation and enthusiasm. xo

  2. Carol Spong

    Hi Jane,
    Just wanted to let you know that you are an inspiration to me. I heard you several years ago at an ASID meeting in San Diego.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Jane Pollak

      @Carol I remember that event, Carol! A long time ago…Thank you so much for letting me know you were there and your good wishes. Greatly appreciated!

  3. Heidi Nehlsen

    Hi Jane,
    Yes, after the build-up there is always a let-down and that’s not much fun. Years ago when I had the floral design for events business, I felt the let-down every time I delivered for an event, usually already when leaving the venue. I tried to move on to the next event planning as quickly as possible or at least distract myself with a fun activity on a day off. Good luck!

    • Jane Pollak

      @Heidi I remember those days! Thanks for sharing that, Heidi!


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