When you publish a book, you don’t know how it is going to be received. Will anybody read it? And if they do, will they like it? I’d like to say that I don’t care much about the response — that I’m content to have published a book that I’m proud of — but let’s be honest. It makes a huge difference what readers say.
Also, at the recommendation of my editor, I submitted The Bicycle Diaries for a number of awards. The book has been honored with the following: