As I am new to the world of published authors, I am still trying to figure some things out. Yes, I agree with you that we all are a rookie once in any new venture. So, here I am and the learning is always fun but, not without trepidation.
I have been very fortunate to have several colleges to adopt my book for courses taught at the Senior Level. Universities don’t tell you that they have found your book a value to teach from. It is not a neccessary step. In fact not knowing is good because when you are told, it definitely breaks up the day. The sky seems a little bluer, music more enjoyable, etc.
Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo was the first. Believe me, I don’t try to talk anyone out of the idea of adopting the book for class. It was on a Friday night when I received a note from a professor telling me of the decision and then, asking me a couple of questions about the book. It was a good feeling, but not the best feeling. The best is when your finished book is in your hands. You don’t do much for a while except hold the book and look at it. All of a sudden the two years it took seems worth it. Very strange but true. The second best is when you receive the letter of intent from a major publisher. This of course, is the first major event in an author’s life. In essence, they are telling you they find your work worthy. As a management consultant, what is in my first book was my life’s professional work. It was a very intense sensation.
Book adoptions like Cal Poly, Clemson, East Carolina, Polytechnic of New York etc. are a great feeling. They receive dozens of books from publishers for consideration. Then, they chose yours. All I can say, God has smiled on me. I am very blessed.