I approached one of my work colleagues a couple of days ago with the news that I am now 70 pages into the new Anne Droyd book. I thought her son would be especially pleased to know it, since he has read and re-read the first adventure so many times.
My colleague engaged me. ‘Did I tell you what he said about the sequel?’
I shrugged and smiled.
She continued, ‘Well he asked me, “Mum, when is the next one coming out?” and I said, “I think Will has to find another publisher first.” When he asked why, I explained that it costs quite a bit of money to print the books and that’s why the author uses a publisher, because he can’t afford to print them all himself.’
I felt genuinely touched by her son’s interest.
Then she related, ‘But that didn’t satisfy him. He said, “Mum, how much money does Will need to do it?” I said, “I think it’s quite a lot, love.”’
The boy’s final question really hit me.
‘He said, “Is there enough money in my bank account to do it?”’
What a lovely thing to say. Experiences like these keep me motivated.