Layla Morgan Wilde: Hudson Valley Hero Of The Month
It’s a thrill to announce the “Hudson Valley Hero of the Month” for my work as a cat rescue and adoption advocate by the The Hudson Valley Magazine, a print and digital magazine published in Westchester County, NY. It’s always an honor to be acknowledged for good deeds, but I’m uncomfortable going public with much of my work with cats. So much so, I received the honor a month for the month of July and have not shared it until now. Part of it was waiting for a fact checking error to be corrected but mostly I’ve been too busy getting our book ready while coordinating cat rescues, consulting for cat rescue nonprofits, fielding endless questions lately on Instagram DM and taking care of my own cats.
It’s been a real wake-up call to balance my private and public life. I’m by nature, a nurturing mother hen, a straight talking empath who can smell BS a continent away. I hate hype and the relentless social media sell, sell, sell. I’d rather call myself an anti-hero.
I wish I could be more organized and plan Facebook live or Instagram events and promote the hell out of myself like many of the animal advocates we know. It takes so much energy to push and promote, push and promote when I’d rather just help cats, quietly. BUT, the only rationale for promoting is: if I do more promoting, I can help more cats so…
BOOK NEWS. Now with my book launch looming, I’m dreading doing the marketing and necessary self-promotion. Yes, I’ve dragged my heels until the last possible minute but interviews have started, pitches are going out, a gazillion details and a merry-go-round of emails and phone calls fill my days. And my other book designer is tweaking the cover as we speak. All I can say for sure is we ballooned from 120 pages to 196 amazing pages and from 70 cats to 107.
It’s not enough in our noisy digital landscape to be heard or noticed. I can’t just shout, “Hey lovely cat lovers, buy my book!” Once might work if you’re a Kim Kardashion. When Kim swore off Instagram after being robbed at gunpoint, she had about 50 million followers. She of course had to return to IG and now has a staggering 101 million or Beyonce with her 104 million followers and her exquisitely art directed Instagram feed.
On a more earthly level, the rest have to shout whatever our message is, more than once. If you’ve read this far, you’re my hero. If you’re a blogger, in the media and would like a pre-release PDF of Black Cats Tell All: True Tales and Inspiring Images for a review, media mention or to post an Amazon review on August 9, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our list. And/or buy my book on Aug. 9 and every purchase will improve the lives of black cats.
Thanks in advance,