Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Come join us.
So on the whole I am feeling good. When I started this whole thing I always said before I get too far into my 30s I want to have a book out there. Well yesterday was the 31st year of mine on this big ball of dirt and as of August 20th I will have two books out there. So if nothing else I guess one could say I am on track.
Does that mean there are no insecurities to talk about? No, of course not. I am after all a writer, insecure is in the job description. This latest book, Ashes, has tested me. For one thing I wrote it in about three months. After some personal issues in my life, getting incredibly sick and a moment where I had to delete three whole chapters—I honestly didn't think it would be done in time for my deadline.
Still I did it. Time to celebrate, right? Not quite. Elemental came out April 20th of this year after much prodding from my wife. I didn't really have expectations for it. I knew I enjoyed the story and knew it was one I had a hard time pitching for some reason. It came out and while the splash it made wasn't huge, it surprised me at the ripples it sent out. Those that have read it have enjoyed it and have let me know just how much. Nothing could have made me happier. To know you as an author can reach someone is, I believe, the ultimate goal.
Now, though, I have a future to plan for. I have to show readers I am here to stay. I have to show them I can put out content and not fall away from the pressure. Also to let them know that you can put something out that will bring them the same joy and emotions as your previous work.
This is my current insecurity. Making sure that I can keep the readers I now have and cause them to be excited enough to tell others. Quality along with quantity, the goal of a self published author. For now my work with the writing is paused. It is in trusted hands, when I get it back then I will do intensive and quick revisions and edits and then to the world it goes. The finish line is in sight and I am ready for my last sprint.
In other news. Friday will bring the cover reveal for Ashes. I am so excited to share this with you guys. Also I will be giving the full details of my giveaway. I am very excited for both.
Anyway, until then I hope everyone is well and thanks for being patient with me in my frequent absence. As always, have fun and keep writing.