If you are new to following my blog, I am in the middle of indie-publishing my first book. Let me start by saying that this is one of the most stressful endeavors I have taken on because it’s as if I‘m standing in front of everyone naked. Sorry for that visual, but writing puts the author in such a vulnerable state and it is really quite frightening.
I am not an editor, but somehow I have come across several people that are filling that role for me. Editing one’s own work is almost impossible. I have the support network of editors, proofers and beta readers through various mediums, which is vital especially in the world of self-publishing.
The process of publishing my own work is not pretty – we had hotdogs for dinner last night. For those that don’t know me personally, understand this is not a common occurrence in our house. Laundry has been my enemy, and as pictured below, my desk looks like war has broken out in my office.
My book, entitled No Apologies from the Front Porch, is due out this summer. I am excited for this novel, which is near and dear to my heart. This is book one of seven in the series following a family in Spokane, Washington whose central character is an f-bomb-wielding, coffee-drinking, divorcee who is secure in herself and her abrasive attitude until her new neighbor breaks down her tough exterior. I hope to have the next book in the series published within three months of the first one with the following books released in this type of time frame.
I am still looking to publish my remaining books through traditional publishing channels and have sent query letters to various agents and publishers. Reflecting on that, I had to laugh at my black and white type of thinking. I pitched a book idea to an agent at a workshop and she told me she liked the idea but that the numerous points of views made her a bit worried. If she didn’t identify with the protagonist right away, she would probably pass. After I agonized over this incessantly for weeks, I finally thought to myself, “I am the author, I could change the POV fairly easily without changing the content of the book. Duh!” It was so obvious yet I was set with the attitude that my book couldn’t be changed. For such an easy fix, it certainly took me long enough to come up with this idea – I was blinded by my need for control. In writing if there were one piece of advice I can give, I would say to allow you to become fluid and ready for change at every corner.
I read an article today about how self-published books have validity in the market, and I want to spend a moment on this thought. In the process of self-publication, I’ve concluded that the most obvious and tried-and-true way is not the only way to get a good book out in the market. I have twelve books just sitting on my computer, waiting to be read and enjoyed by others, and it’s maddening that after upwards of one hundred query letters; I still have not had an agent respond positively towards my work. I just want to educate those readers out there that won’t touch a self-published book. You they are missing out. Some of my favorite authors are in fact indie writers. Florence Osmond is the author of three of my favorite books. She has written five books, which I have read, and they are wonderful. I can’t wait until her next book is released. Loretta Lost is another gem of an author I have found that I enjoy along with the steamy books of Aly Martinez. Even Kiera Cass self-published her first book Siren until an agent found her. As I read self-published authors, I become encouraged by their dedication and their ability to put themselves out there. It is scary and like I said before, it shows a vulnerability that is endearing.
For those new to my blog, I post a weekly chapter following the life of a young woman as she navigates loss and sorrow in a way that show resilience and hope. I feel this story may be the next book that I self-publish, after the completion of my series. It happens to be the first book I completed when I started writing two and a half years ago. If you haven’t had a chance to follow Julia yet, please get caught up on her story called The Last Breath. If you can, leave a comment below because I would love to get some feedback.
I want to highlight some new blogs I have started to follow this week. They are full of great information regarding many facets I either cover in my blog or just find interesting.
I had a hard time breaking down her name at first but it is: Mel to the any. This gal is obsessed with reading, which I understand and can relate to. She gives great book reviews and loves gaming.
I love this woman’s view on life as she has used poetry as an outlet for adversity she has faced. Check out her blog and her new book that is available on amazon.
A mom honest about her life whose tag line for her blog is too funny- what happens to mommy when she gets to three. I love mom’s that are honest of the struggles of motherhood and this woman delivers.
This blogger as a variety of information on her blog but what really caught my eye was her beauty articles. I am girl and I like to look good like any other girl does. For that reason, I will certainly be checking her out.
I have to admit I am a dummy when it comes to technology and I am positive I have not been using social networking the way I should. I could really use any advice from other bloggers that have been able to build their base of followers. I am now on Instagram (writingwithasideoflife) and Pinterest (writing with a side of life). Also you can find me on Facebook and Twitter too!
As far as my reading goes, I have posted my completed books and TBR List on my blog but I am dedicating the month of June to all YA books. This is not my genre of choice but I have a teen that loves it when I read the same books as she does! Anyone with a teen knows it is hard to find something they actually want to do with you, so I am relishing the idea of having time to connect with her on her level.
I have had to take a break from my weekly book reviews due to the work my novel needed but I plan to get back with those this coming week, along with my mommy articles I post from time to time. I have read some great books in the last couple of months and I can’t wait to share with you, especially a Liane Moriarty book that captured my heart. I would love to hear from you below in the comments!