Today, we get to catch up with authors Jessica Walsh & Briana Lawrence!
Archive for November, 2014
Going for a hard truth about writing today. You’ve been warned.
Your friends and family members are going to lie to you. It’s a fact. They’ll tell you they bought the book when they haven’t. They’ll tell you they read it and liked it, even if they haven’t cracked the spine or gone past downloading the file.
Why, you ask? Why would they lie about that? There’s a couple possibilities.
1. They have every intention of buying/reading your book, just haven’t gotten around to it yet.
2. They hated the book and don’t know how to tell you without hurting your feelings. This includes those who would never read your genre to begin with.
3. You’re being a total pain in the backside in asking them about it and lied to shut you up.
While #1 and #2 are understandable, you’re directly responsible for #3. In other words, don’t be a total jackass. With all the holidays coming up, there’s bound to be a few family gatherings. Don’t dominate the party with talk about your book. Don’t bring a signed copy as a host/ess gift. Don’t hand out glossies of your latest book cover as party favors.
If you’re asked what you’re doing these days, talk about your book. But make sure that’s not all you talk about. Friends and relatives are just that – friends and relatives. If they care about you and truly wish to be supportive, they’ve bought your book. The sale has been made. They’re recommending it to friends outside of your mutual circle.
Uncle Bob who only reads westerns isn’t going to want to hear twenty minutes from you about your new romance novel.
If you don’t want them lying to you, then don’t force them into a corner. Be a pleasant person and not the boor who sees the gathering as another sales opportunity.
I made it! Whew!
Before you start wondering why it took me this long to post my weekly blog, there’s a whole story behind this. The short version is that I just got my desktop back home and plugged in less than an hour ago.
Now for the long version!
On Friday, I did my normal stuff. Got kids moving towards school, made my coffee, started the laundry. You know, normal stuff. Then I sauntered into my office and went to read some emails before I started my hours for Solstice.
Only my computer didn’t wake up right away.
And, when it did, it would only work in safe mode. The dreaded Blue Screen of Death, complete with an error message about a page file in a nonpage area, had laid waste to my thoughts of being productive.
Spent 3 to 4 hours trying to fix it on my own to no avail. Finally, I called our local computer guru and begged their assistance.
And then I waited. Not very patiently. All weekend. Praying that nothing was lost forever. No work related things, no works in progress, no photos of cats or kids.
Ladies and gentlemen, I was a complete and utter nervous wreck all weekend long.
To put a happy ending on this horror story (trust me, I was almost in tears out of fright!), everything was saved. The techs were able to do wonderful work and my computer is back home and operational. No Blue Screen of Death!
Now to get it back to where it looks ‘normal’ so I can find those books I was trying to finish writing.