I think every author that puts their work out in the public eye has a deep fear of rejection and ridicule. You are telling the world “I have broad shoulders, I can take it,” but secretly you are terrified that your hard work will be picked apart word by word, chapter by chapter until you have zero confidence in your ability.
It’s like the fear of the first day of school, the first school dance, the first day on a new job. Will I be accepted? Will people like me? Will they be mean or will they accept me for who I am? You are at your most vulnerable. And although you secretly pretend that it doesn’t matter, you can’t help but feel anxious.
And then it happened. I received my first published review by a reader. I was so thrilled! The reader liked my work! That person will probably never know just how much their words meant to me. It made me realize that I may not please everybody but as long as I make somebody happy, then I’ll be just fine.
Following the reader’s review, I received my first “professional” review and it was positive. She didn’t like one of my characters, but she liked the story and said she looked forward to reading the rest of the series. I was elated!
As I put the finishing touches on my final book in the Trouble with Brother’s series, I hold my head up and look forward to more comments and success! I can only learn from what readers think.
Wow! It’s 2019 already! Happy New Year to all! May this be a fantastic year filled with good health, prosperity, and happiness for 365 days to come!
I finally got around to taking all of my Christmas decorations down today. The house looks pretty bare right now, but I’m sure in a few weeks I’ll never notice it. I spent a little time on the treadmill this morning still trying to redeem myself from the holiday indulgence. I’m cutting down on my Mt. Dew intake. I’ve had one can today, which is about four less than my usual count. We’ll have to see how far that goes.
And oh, yeah. Over the holidays I released the third book in The Trouble With Brothers series: The Earl’s Misdeed. Trey does a bad thing to get revenge on his former friend Jack seducing Trey’s sister. As Trey’s message to Jack says “Your sister for mine.” Check it out to see what happens in this novella!
Tomorrow is the National Championship game, and as I am a HUGE Alabama fan, I have to give a Roll Tide! It should be a good game and may the best team win. (RTR)
Christmas is just around the corner. I’ve got the tree up, the nativity scene is out, shopping is about half done, and I’m going to work in a couple hours to pay for it all!
Been a while since I’ve posted anything. October was a fantastic month for me. And by big, I mean I cleared enough to pay my electric bill! That might sound like small potatoes, but for an indie writer that is a great success. That 59 cents per book take a while to add up, and while I’m probably not going to get rich writing, I am thrilled to have some positive numbers.
I’ve heard from quite a few people who attended my book signing or who purchased the books around that same time, and they all seem to enjoy my books. I’ve have several asking me when the next one is coming out – which to me is the highest praise. I’m so pleased that readers enjoy my tales! Tell your friends about me!
I’ve started a shop on Etsy to try to get my name out and maybe pick up a few sales. That’s a work in progress and right now it looks pretty generic. I’ll have to play around with it to make it look more appealing.
If I don’t post anything before, I wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas. May you never be too old to watch the skies on Christmas Eve.
My first book signing is this Saturday, October 27th at The Pelican Coffee House in Bucyrus Ohio from 9:30am until 12pm. I am excited, I am nervous, I am terrified that my mother will be the only person to show up! But no matter what, it’s a step in the right direction to getting my name out there.
For those who don’t know, an indie writer puts on a lot of hats. Publisher, editor, social media expert, marketer, literary agent, designer, oh, and let’s not forget, the writer. If I stumble along the way, I hope my readers forgive me. I’ve got a lot to learn in this world, but if I don’t at least try, I’ll never know what is successful and what isn’t.
The Duke’s Mistake is now available for sale! Jack is the wildest one of the group. His mother fears he will never change his wicked ways, and his friends delight in his latest escapade. But during his latest adventure, he inadvertently falls in love. However, given his reputation, the lady who stole his heart doubts his intentions and for the first time in his life, Jack must fight to win a lady.
This series is turning into one of my favorites. Growing up with an older brother, I am well aware of how annoying the creatures can be at times. And yet for all of their short comings, they do mean well.
In other exciting news, I am counting down to my first book signing. Less than two weeks to go. I’m excited to meet new faces, and I’m terrified that my mother and my sister will be the only ones who attend!
Here we go! The Viscount’s Mishap is now available on Amazon, B & N, ibooks, Kobo, Smashwords, for your reading pleasure. This is the first book of the Trouble With Brothers Series, and I even though I am a bit biased, I love this series!
Parker is the handsome, devil may care rake. Kit is the reformed rogue. Jack is the one who terrifies and excites all who encounter him – even his name is a scandal. James is the intriguing one – society knows he’s wild but he fits into their world like a glove. And then there is Trey. The darling of the aristocracy. Society flocks to him as the perfect potential husband for their daughters, the perfect example for their sons to look up to. Yet his friends scoff at his reputation knowing him better than anybody else.
The trouble is that all five of these wild and reckless men have sisters, and they are determined to protect their siblings from any man who comes close to their own reputation at all costs. But in their efforts, they stumble into the very traps they have vowed to avoid.
I’ve had my Trouble with Brothers series swimming around in my head for a very long time. I had wrote little snippets and ideas for the series over the past couple of years, but I finally sat down and began to formulate a plan for it. And now I am just about ready to release it!
As a new indie writer, I am still trying to find my way around formatting a book to look professional, and I am quite happy with the finished look of The Viscount’s Mishap. I can’t afford a professional service, so it’s all up to me and perhaps those MS Office classes will come in handy!
Anyway, I hope you will enjoy this novella. Parker and Anna have such a good story to tell and I’m happy to be the one to put it on paper!
Ah, the life of an indie writer! It’s tough to get your name out there. You don’t want to shove your books down your family and friends’ throat. You try to build a social media following. You ask your friends to “Just Share” your posts or tweets every once in a while. You watch your sales dashboards like a mother hen.
That first sale! Oh wow! What excitement! The first twitter or facebook or instagram follower that you don’t know is so exciting! You study marketing methods. You weigh the costs of the professional services against that fifty-nine cents per paperback that you make. (Yes, you read that correctly! Paperback books do not make an author rich). You wonder how much time and energy you should put into all of this and then you remember.
You write because you love to write and you have a story to tell. If I sell one copy or one million copies, I have written a book and that is something many people can never say. So I keep plugging away, because I enjoy this and hopefully soon my name will be out there and others will enjoy what I do as well!