Traditional publishing definitely has its perks. Someone else gets to do all the time consuming stuff, thinks of all the things you might forget in the grand scheme of things, and takes all the hard work out of the process. But where’s the fun in that?
Some of the most rewarding things have happened to me during my Indie experience. I’ve met people in parking lots, inside stores, in restaurants, at tire repair shops, at a powdered metal coating business, the tax office, the list goes on. Someone even offered me her back to sign my novel! What an honor!
Allowing someone esle to do all the ground work and the really hard stuff takes the personal feel out of publishing a book. I wanted to see the look on people’s faces when they saw my cover for the first time. I didn’t want other’s to experience that before me. Don’t get me wrong. I would like the book to take over the world, but that isn’t my first and foremost goal. I want to meet people. I’d like to write what they want to read. Not to say I would change what or how I write for any ONE individual, but it sort of helps to see what your target audience enjoys reading. After talking to a few fans, I’m always inspired.
Inspiration is essential when you don’t have a traditional publisher pushing you for deadlines. You have to keep writing to keep your readers happy and you have to keep yourself motivated. A few readers of mine have funlovingly threatened me if I don’t promise them the next book in my SoulEaters Series is coming soon.
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Having a really great agent/publisher/friend who’s guided me all the way has been a huge help. I would have never been able to get where I am right now without him. Ladies and Gentleman, Cristian Mihai is handsdown the best mentor I’ve ever had. Meeting him has been the best part of publishing so far. He’s taught me soooo much. Now that I’ve raved and fangirled, my point is: Self-publishing can be scary, but if you find a mentor to guide you the process can turn from something bone-chillingly frightening to a walk in the park–with a new friend from a different country, in my case!
Why is it after such a high, I feel so down? Like at any moment, if I were walking past a tall building, I’d be the poor fool whose head the piano would land on? I’ve just made one of my biggest dreams come true. I should be reeling, jumping up and down, but no. Deep in my stomach, I have this feeling of impending doom. Maybe it’s a fear of failure. Or bad meatloaf. Not sure, but I’d really like to see it head out. Maybe a strong drink and a peer group would help?
I am proud to announce that I’ve finally gotten Black Soul on paper! It’s taken much hard work from a crew of people. I’d like to start with a huge thanks to Cristian Mihai, the cover and interior designer and my goto man for all questions regarding publishing, promoting, and life in general. Thanks from the past, Cristian! He’s six hours ahead of me. To my friends and family for the incredible support when my work schedule has been almost intolerable, I’d like to say sorry and thank you. To Leslie McSwain, for always helping me keep my head up when I started drooping. She always knew just what to say to keep me going when I got discouraged. To everyone else I might have forgotten, I love you all and hugs!
Four kids. A million things they want. An empty pocketbook.
The answer: Second hand Christmas.
Something thoughtful, from the heart can be found here just as well as the major department stores
My kids really don’t ask for a lot and with the move we just made, a new house was really the best Christmas present I could give them. Each child has his or her own room. Sure they’d love to have Ipods, newer, bigger flatscreen televisions and all the electronics one could hope for, but reality sets in when the bills are due. They watch us stress over each envelope.
So this year, they came to me with an idea.
Why not forfeit all the materialistic Christmas hustle bustle and buy everything second hand this year. (Within reason.) Electronics would of course have to have a warranty of some sort.
Pawn shops and second hand stores offer electronic warranties. If not, beware.
Clothing, on the other hand, can be found barely worn or with the tags still attached. They all agreed it would be silly to go into debt over anything more than a few simple, gently used items.