A Dream Come True?

It’s easy to say “Someday…” and fill in the blanks. It is definitely easy to do that as a kid or young adult. Perhaps as you get older and the responsibilities of Modern Life take precedence, you get the feeling that “Someday” is less of a possibility and more of a pipe dream.

I always wanted to be a writer. I started my fascination with words in first grade when the teacher had us put each of the ten new vocabulary words into a sentence. I was hooked. And then there were creative writing classes in high school and a college major in Creative Writing and Film-making with an emphasis on screenwriting. And then…?

I had the good fortune of being associated with many talented writers and poets in the early 90’s and did a lot of good work. But nothing was getting me closer to my dreams of publication and anything resembling success. Between then and now are far too many steps to count off but suffice it to say that when I got my first book published (“Swan Song”) on Christmas Day of 2012, I considered it a wonderful present. I had no expectations of immediate success or best-seller lists or awards. The first step had been accomplished.

But then, right before Thanksgiving, my publisher e-mails me to tell me that he’s running a promo on it to allow free downloads exclusively on Amazon Kindle for the weekend after the holiday. Okay, that sounded good. But then when it reached #2 on Amazon’s Seller Ranking list, I was flabbergasted. The final count was 36,834 downloads. Now, I realize that many people take advantage of free offerings and some may not even read it. But then, the next day, Cyber Monday, my ranking for sales went from 900,000-something all the way up to 804.


Maybe some who are more into all of this technology would think that my exultation is a little short-sighted, that I was only in the top 1000, and that I haven’t done all that much. But, to be honest, to my family, friends, and acquaintances, it was a big deal. The greatest thing it has done is to offer the continuation of Hope.

My publisher has advised that the next book is coming out soon. Maybe it will be on Christmas day again, maybe sooner. But these past two years I have received the greatest gifts of all: an opportunity to watch a childhood dream start to unfold.



  1. Kristi Jackson said,

    December 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Congratulations! Your hard work, dedication, and never giving up on the dream is paying off! Way to go old friend! 🙂


  2. Nancy Kopp said,

    December 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Congrats. Your patience and perseverance has paid off and I bet it will continue to do so. Those have been my keywords in my writing life and probably yours, as well.


    • H.B. Berlow said,

      December 5, 2013 at 8:33 am

      As a writer yourself, you have an understanding of the famine/feast nature of this art.


  3. Judy said,

    December 5, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Good for you! So happy about your gains, I love watching dreams come true. Your Dad is smiling down from heaven.


    • H.B. Berlow said,

      December 5, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Ma and Dad were always behind my efforts. It was their dream as well as mine.


  4. Hazel Hart said,

    December 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Congratulations! May the new year bring more such gifts.


  5. nancyhsturm said,

    December 5, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I’m excited for you! How wonderful to see a dream unfolding. Congratulations!


    • H.B. Berlow said,

      December 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      I’ve come to realize that Life happens in slow-motion. Instead of trying to catch up to it, we need to wait with it.


  6. December 5, 2013 at 11:35 am

    It’s affirming see what can happen when one perseveres on a long obedience in the same direction. What a wonderful high vantage point for you to look back from. Congratulations!


    • H.B. Berlow said,

      December 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      I’m only half-amazed at what has transpired to me as what is ongoing with you.


  7. Shelia said,

    December 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    As your wife, I feel so blessed and pleased to watch your dream come true. I am overwhelmed with happiness for you my love.


  8. Sharyl said,

    December 7, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Wow that’s awesome H! Keep on truckin’, I know you will!


  9. December 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Congratulations! I always like to see people succeed.


  10. December 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Reblogged this on Benjamin Walker Colt and commented:
    This is the type of success article I love to read.


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