My Author Journey

I now have three books on the go. I’m now into my last round of developmental edits to DEATH WARDEN and will have a submission ready book by the end of July in time for the Writer’s Digest Conference and Pitch Slam. SOUL DRINKER is marinating a little bit, but is now ready for my first revision pass. To keep some kind of writing going, I’ve started a near future sci-fi piece called DEBT OF LIFE about a young doctor who has to earn out her debt to earn the right to commit suicide. Hmm . . . I seem to have a thing for death. Maybe if I start selling books, I should consider seeking help.

In other news—and due to the fact that I’ll be making a serious push to get published—it is time for me pay more attention to my author platform. That means weekly posts from now on.  The plan is to do a personal update and book review (along with a giveaway) every month. The other two monthly posts will be about other resources or things I just find interesting (this month has a hammock tent). It also means getting active on social media, and my thirteen-year-old daughter has promised to coach me on the intricacies of instagram.

Topics this month:

June 12 — My Review of the Nubé Hammock Shelter: Why I’ll Never Sleep on the Ground Again.

June 19 — Indie Book Review and Giveaway: Sufficiently Advanced Magic By Andrew Rowe

June 26 — Blog Post Roundup: A list of My Favorite Writing Articles and News for the Month

From my reading this month, I’d like to quote Orson Scott Card:

“We who write fiction have no team of actors or musicians to do our bidding, so it’s easy to forget that our work, too has a composition stage and a performance stage. We are both composer and performer. Or rather, we are both storyteller and writer . . . Regardless of how you mingle the rolls of storyteller and writer though, you must do both jobs well.”

I’m working on both. Hard. One of my realizations though is that there is a third component: producer. In this glutted market, it is naïve to think that a good book will sell itself. We who write fiction must also work to find our audience, to get out the word about what we have done. Our work can only speak if there is someone to hear it, and while publishers can help fan the flames, the fire itself must come from the author.


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