Why in the world would anyone write a book anymore? In the words of a wise woman, "What are they nuts!"
I have been talking with the new author friends and I find the same story from all. We all are passionate about our book(s) and want the world to love our story as much as we do. We have dove into the rapid waters of indie publishing and are eagerly grabbing onto new ideas to market ourselves.
But many ask what is the answer? What is the secret to success? What do we need to do to spread the word. A very wise man recently told me that there is no easy answer. There is dedication to our craft and patience.
So until the magic answer appears, we carry on:
We delete and retype
We give up
We cry "I am brillant!"
We giveaway our words
We war (the cover variety)
We band together (Awethors & Indie Books Be Seen)
And most importantly,we just WRITE. Never forget the reason why we put our words to paper.....the story.
First, my dream of publishing my book came true in the form of an ebook.
I was then told I need paper! I wasn't sure I could make that happen but I pushed back all the fear I had and went for it. I soon was able to hold my book in my hand.
Now my ultimate dream of following in the footsteps of Jennifer Estep and Gail Carriger and creating an audiobook is close at hand. A way to bring my story to life for others.
Where do I go from here? Well, I've only just begun.
I have been tagged by Joe Compton to do the page 7, 7 lines of my latest work.
This is a rough unedited excerpt from Exigency: Protectors of the Elemental Magic (Book 2):
Not sure where I was I stopped and called out, "Air, please blow away this fog and let me see where I am."
Sitting down, I waited while the moist vapor slowly drifted away showing me that I was on the rocky shore of Sparrow Lake. Sitting down, I wrapped my arms around my legs and gently began to rock myself. How did I get so far from home? I felt as if I was losing a connection with reality. I kept telling myself that if I just listened to my heart everything would be as planned. As I questioned my recent behavior and my faith that the Goddess would guide me, I heard a crackling sound behind me. Turning to the direction of the noise, I saw a shadow quickly dart through the treeline.
I am nominating James Quinn, J.b. Taylor, Michelle Diana Lowe, Sunshine Somerville, Jay Norry, Chrissy P. Moon and Anesa Miller to do the same.