Over at A Writer’s Life, is where! See me get excited about my massive chocolate milkshake (no, it’s not a euphemism) and enter to win that $15 gift card!
Today Brynnde and I are over at Fabulous and Brunette, where I have a guest post about writing under a gender-neutral name. And you can continue to enter to win that $15 gift card (Rafflecopter goes through June 5).
Thank you SO MUCH for helping Brynnde win the weekly Creme de la Cover contest! Thanks to you, she’s now in the finals for the month of April. So I’m begging one more time for votes. Even if you voted before, you can vote again now. Please, please, PLEASE! And then I promise to shut up about it!
If your story was represented by one item, what would it be?
A fox. There is a fox in the story, a pet fox named Aloysius. I think he represents the fun and slyness and oddity of Faebourne.
And here is your friendly reminder to PLEASE vote for Brynnde in the Creme de la Cover contest! We’re neck-and-neck with the next closest book, so every vote is very important. Spread the word! (If Brynnde wins, we’ll celebrate with prizes for two randomly selected newsletter subscribers. Don’t get my newsletter? You can sign up via the button on my Facebook page.)
Every Monday—starting with this Monday, April 17 and going through June 5—I and Brynnde will be making the rounds on a Goddess Fish tour! Follow along and you can win a $15 Amazon gift card!
Schedule below, and of course I’ll be reminding you constantly.
April 17: Christine Young
April 17: Long and Short Reviews
April 24: T’s Stuff
May 1: Fabulous and Brunette
May 8: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
May 8: Hearts and Scribbles – promo
May 15: A Writer’s Life
May 22: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart – review
May 22: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
May 29: BooksChatter
June 5: Romance Author Hear Me Roar
I’ve told this story before, but I like to do it again periodically for new readers.
My first publishing credits came from small magazines and literary journals. But after that I ran up against the wall of agents and publishers, and I eventually self-published. My goal wasn’t money or fame. I just wanted my work to be out there for people to read.
We’re told as writers that what we should want—that “winning” as an author—is an agent and big publisher. And if that doesn’t happen, as we teeter on the brink of depression and despair, a small publisher will do. Because the important thing, or so we’re taught, is that someone thinks we’re good enough to publish.
When I made the jump from self-published to being published by a couple small publishers, I thought I’d finally “won.” If not the jackpot (i.e., an agent and big publisher), then at least a scratch-off lotto ticket.
But here’s the thing, “winning” as an author is NOT about finding an agent or publisher. As it turns out, my initial instincts were right all along. The jackpot is having your book out there and finding readers. Readers are the jackpot. Not agents, not publishers.
This is nothing against my publishers. I’m so grateful to them for taking a chance on me, and nothing beats experience. I’m only saying that it doesn’t matter as much as we’re prompted to believe it does. What matters is whether readers will pick up your book and, well, read it.
Does having a publisher maximize this possibility? Maybe, maybe not. It might depend on the publisher. It definitely depends on the book.
All I’m really saying is that self-publish does not equal failure. You haven’t “lost” if you self-publish. How you get there matters less than actually getting there.
By the way, thank you SO MUCH for helping me reach my destination! Brynnde is now my most successful book since my Sherlock Holmes stories! If you haven’t read it already, I hope you’ll give it a try. You can read it for FREE via Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited.