I was given advice, or should I say, a warning, from a well-established writer friend, “If you’re self-publishing, do not give dates. Your readers will hold you to them.” I didn’t listen. On November 5th, I made the mistake of telling my readers, THOMAS’ WANT (Want & Decay Trilogy, #2) would be ready by Christmas. Well, it’s Christmas Eve, folks, and I am still editing. I truly apologize to all of you who are waiting for this sequel. The story, as I have said previously, is complicated ( in a good way), and much longer than IVY’S ENVY (also a good thing). So many of you have said you wished my stories were longer. I listen to my readers.
As I write, edit, and write this story, I realize just how proud I am of the work I’ve accomplished. Since the story is longer than a novella, it has become a challenge for me, but I’m hanging in there! Not becoming frustrated, but fueled, and excited about the characters and the story they are housed in. I have to admit, I really had fun writing IVY’S ENVY , as my friend, Mark Matthews observed (Mark Matthews Review ). THOMAS’ WANT has been much more work than fun, but also more rewarding.
IN SEARCH OF:
Will I give you another date for a book release? No, I will not. My latest labor of love has pushed me forward and I believe it’s time to do what I set out to do. I am in search of an agent. I’ve been told its harder to get an agent to pick up a sequel,but, I think it’s worth a shot.
I’m sure some of you are asking, Why now? I am grateful that we live in a time where you can self-publish, and market your work all over social media. However, it’s a hard road. Thousands of self-published books can be found on Amazon and KOBO and B&N, some more successful than others. We all agree that a good story is what makes most stand out. However, great marketing is what helps the indie author stand out just a bit further. I’m just not one of those people who can juggle marketing and writing. If I want to see my dream realized, I’ll need an agent. And if I’m going to get serious about my writing, my focus should be on my writing.
This is not my New Years Resolution. If you’re going to improve, or change, or commit to anything, why allow a date to dictate your actions? And if I can’t find an agent for THOMAS’ WANT, than I’ll self-publish it. But, my search will continue. I’ll never know until I try. Trying always motivates, always inspires, and always whispers back, Hey, you never know.
THANK YOU SHOUT OUTS:
There are many of you who have encouraged me and I just want to take a moment to thank you:
John F.D. Taff, @johnfdtaff Thanks, King of Pain, for all the advice. So proud to call you my friend.
Brian Moreland, @BrianMoreland My editor, writer friend. I still study your notes. You’ve helped me grow 🙂
Mark Matthews, @matthews_mark. Cannot wait for the movie, Mark! You rock, hard!
Adam Ickes, @AdamIckes Keep writing buddy, I’ll see you on the bookshelves soon!
Clarissa Johal, @ClarissaJohal Thanks Clarissa for your friendship and all those shout outs!
ScareScapes, @dkarner. You’ve encouraged me so much. Thanks for your awesome reviews. You make me want to be a better writer.
Dale Ester,@DaleElster You’re the best with your Retweets and Shout outs. Thank you!!!!!
Maxine Groves, @promotethatbook Dedicated publicist, you work tiredlessly for the writers you believe in. Thank you.
This is not a complete list, but you know who you are, and I’m hugging you.
Will keep you posted on the successes, the failures, and all those little things in between.
God bless, have a Merry Christmas and an awesome New Year!