In a little over a month, I’m heading to a new writer’s convention in Louisville, KY called Imaginarium. Because I’m preparing to go I’ve had to order stock so I can (hopefully) sell my books. Along with the other swag that I have and a few other things I still have to get. However, the first of my books showed up yesterday all neatly stacked and smelling like heaven. It was like being in a bookstore and inhaling the sweet perfume of paper. Sadly, I have never seen my book on a shelf in a large bookstore, but I’ve come to terms with that these past many years.
However, that doesn’t break my excitement when I see my books in print. Let’s face it, I suspect that it’s every author’s dream or to get a publishing contact that will net the a million dollars. If only it were that easy.
Writing is not an easy job. It can suck the life out of you. It can leave you emotionally broken and half-crazy because of something your characters did and you didn’t know about at the time you plotted your novel. Writing can show you the twists and turns of your imagination that you never knew existed. And that’s all in the first page.
But writing is also a job.
I think some people forget that.
Once you finish the first draft you have to go back and edit, shredding the pages you poured your heart into. Then once you edit the book you have to find a publisher, agent, or self publish. If you go my route, the indie one, then you wait on being accepted, agonizing over if they will like the book. And then you get the rejection and are devastated. Don’t stop there. Move onto the next one and then you get the acceptance. Joy. Elation. You have been validated for all your long hard hours of working. The late nights staring at the blinking cursor on the unforgiving white screen have all been worth it. Next it goes to an editor and (assuming you get a good one) then you child comes back to you battered and bruised by red ink and comments off to the side. You cry and curse the editor because what do they know about your work. Nevertheless, you toil through the edits and realize that sometimes the editor is your friend and knows what they are doing, but it doesn’t mean that you don’t secretly hate them for touching your baby.
Once the edits are done and the book is polished, then it hits the markets. Then the dreaded, marketing (which I freely admit is not my strong point). What do you do then?
Once that is done, the process begins all over again.
In this whole process I’m in several stages. Getting ready for a con. Editing a book to send to a publisher. Blogging to promote a book. Writing another book and courting another new publisher, hoping they want it.
So the process never really ends. It just depends on where you are.
Oh....yeah. I forgot.
Buy my book. :-)