Yep, I checked. It is still morning in my part of the world. Though my back’s lobbying for another few hours of sleep.
I was gone all weekend, camping. I have a lot of fun with the Society for Creative Anachronism, re-creating the Middle Ages as they should’ve been. Less plague, more sunscreen!
Okay, so I skimped on the sunscreen part this weekend.
I was in charge of the merchants on site, and had a small table set up with books. Sold two copies of ‘Daughter of Hauk’, and talked with several people. It amazes me how often someone will see books being sold at an event like this (craft fair, street fair, etc) and still ask if the person selling them is the author. And, when I said I was, they got all excited. I guess I’m still not used to the idea of someone seeing my job as glamorous.
Then again, they only see one side of it. The finished product. They don’t see how many hours a day we spend writing, editing, or working on blurbs. They don’t see us spending hours trying to decide on a title after discovering there’s hundreds on Amazon with the one you had in mind. Or digging through really worn copies of baby name books to find the ‘perfect’ name for a character.
Writing isn’t all book signings and movie deals. It’s spending hours in the sun, glad for a bit of shade, and waiting. Hoping. Because sales don’t happen by accident. Success is earned, not a given. And you’re going to end up with a sunburned nose every now and then.
On another note…Solstice is opening up to fan fiction! The Raven Chronicles is one of the worlds that’s available, too. I’ve already been told there’s a short story under contract for it. It’s truly humbling to find out something you wrote affected someone so much that they had to write a story associated with it.
If you want to know more about our fan fic line, check out this site: http://solsticepublishing.com/to-write-fan-fiction/
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I need more coffee. LOL. It’s one of those mornings where I’m trying to get so much done that I’m thinking I need some sort of i.v. pole hooked up with my coffee machine.
The road from the day you start writing until you hit the level of success you dream of is long. Longer than most of us want to traverse. Some of us have the patience for it, stick to it during the rocky parts. Find ways to swing over the pits and keep moving forward. Others don’t. They give up and go home, either convinced they’re a failure or blaming anyone else they can on their lack of overnight success.
What those authors don’t realize is the thing that keeps the rest of us going is remembering the small victories along the way. How it felt to get that first contract…holding your book in your hands as a printed copy for the first time….seeing someone’s face light up because they’re meeting a ‘real’ author and knowing it’s you they’re so excited to meet.
Reading a review from someone you don’t know, that loves your book. Getting emails or messages on Twitter/FaceBook from readers asking when the next book is coming out.
Being asked for your autograph or to pose for a photo with a reader. Signing the Wall of Fame at Powell’s Books in Portland, OR.
These small things matter. They’re not going to happen every day. Some only happen once, others will have months in between. We use the memories of these moments to get us through the bad times. The dry months when no one wants to buy a book or leave a review.
And we should never forget them.
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So, Solstice Shadows has another GREAT crop of books on countdown deals this week! There’s some awesome summer reading in here, so be sure to grab your copies while they’re on sale!
Mark of the Successor by KateMarie Collins – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HFF3SH0?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
Fiery Arrow by Sheila Lamb – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N47LDTS?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
Room 629 by Vicki-Ann Bush – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W80HU80?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
Medallion of the Undead by Anthony Rudzki -http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00T3KNH7Q?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
Tread Carefully on the Sea by David Bryant – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OJD7QGU?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
Happy summer reading!
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At least, I think it is. The sun is up. It’s going to be warm for us (Don’t laugh. Seattle-ites think anything over 80 is too warm, 85 and up is a heat wave and we hide in caves.), and there doesn’t seem to be enough coffee in my bloodstream. And that’s after two cups (one is my normal). Yep, it’s going to be a long day.
Something I’ve struggled with, and I know other authors have, is accepting credit for what we’ve created. I’m not talking about authors whose ego is bigger than a 747. I’m talking about those of us who are either operating under the assumption that somehow we got lucky and someone bought our book. Read it, reviewed it, and loved it.
Accepting that we created something that others enjoy is daunting. In my case, I grew up thinking nothing I did would be ‘good enough’. That someone else would be better, and I’d only get a shot because of some miracle from above.
It’s taken me a few years to accept that I’m a published author because I wrote books. GOOD books. Ones worth reading. And that I got my contracts because of that work. That my Goddess, your God, etc., had nothing to do with it.
You heard me. God doesn’t work on your behalf in publishing. YOU work on your behalf. YOU get out there and promote. You smile and do interview after interview. You make the cold calls at local book stores, share your work at the library, and contact book clubs.
You wrote the book. It was your idea, your inspiration, your words. Your pain while you edited and revised it. Your courage when you hit that send button time and time again. Your determination to see your work up for sale that kept you going as you got rejection letters.
Am I blessed by my Goddess? Yes. She gave me a talent. That’s it. What I do with that gift, and where it leads is up to me. She put my feet on the path, but I’m the one walking it.
P.S. – the Solstice Shadows contest is still open for submissions! Don’t forget to check out what they’re looking for here: http://solsticepublishing.com/solsticeshadows
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Wow…it’s been a while since I’ve had THIS busy of a Monday morning! LOL But, this is publishing. Things happen over weekends that have to be dealt with on Monday. And it makes for a day that flies by!
One of the fun things going on is that Solstice Shadows has a contest that’s now open for entries! Seriously, you need to check it out and enter something! Great prizes, and an even better House for you and your book to thrive in!
On another bit of good news, I’ve taken a few steps forward to becoming a panelist at Geek Girl Con! The con is in Seattle, WA from October 10-11. It celebrates women in pop culture/geekdom, which is a great thing to spend two days talking about! Women are a big force in comics, pop culture, video games, books, etc. We write books and code, work on design and publishing, and do everything a guy can do. Plus, we usually smell better! LOL.
If you want a great weekend, check out the details on their website: http://geekgirlcon.com/
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