Thursday, April 12, 2012

Should Authors Toot Their Own Horns?

Loved this photo of my granddaughter, Brenna, blowing the trumpet her Grandpa blew back in his school days. As you can see from her cheeks, she is giving it all she's got and it worked. A loud trumpet sound came from the lungs of that tiny girl.

I love to watch children because God commands us to be like little children. Brenna was on a mission to make sound come from that brass horn. She succeeded when she worked at it with all of her might.

So what toots your horn? What are you passionate about? Colossians 3:23 says "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men...." Whatever toots your horn, I hope you work at it with all your heart.

It took all my heart to write three books. Now I am in the marketing phase of We All Married Idiots: Three Things You Will Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten Things You Can. Marketing can seem like I'm tooting my own horn. I'm not. I'm tooting God's horn and I am praising Him for the miracle of this next book.

Authors, go ahead and toot your horn. Don't be ashamed. God gave you a book. God gave you a publisher. Toot so the whole world will know! He didn't give you those words to hide in your private book case never to be read by anyone but family. Toot! Toot! Toot some more!!! The next person you tell may be the one whose life will change because God intended him or her to read your book.

Another author asked me once, "Aren't you embarrassed promoting your own work." My honest answer, "God gave me this book. I'd be disobedient to Him if I didn't promote it."

While you are marketing, ask others to toot your horn as well!

May 1, 2012 is the official release of We All Married Idiots. There will be a lot of tooting going on as blogs feature my book during the month of May. Any bloggers out there willing to toot my horn? Let's do it for God's glory. Contact me if you would let your blog tell the world about We All Married Idiots.

We All Married Idiots is available today on Amazon at a pre-release price of $6.08. As my publisher said, "That's crazy!" Another reviewer said this book should be given to every new bride and groom. Why not order one for yourself and several to give away before the price goes up. Thanks. Check out Amazon at

May your marriage be filled with splashes of serenity as husbands and wives toot their horns and make beautiful music together!