So, it's leap year day... whopp-di-do. I should be concentrating on getting LIVES up... and no... have to put that on hold because Miles Fairchild is demanding my time. And today is Doctor day for John, which means my time is not my own. So I'm just spinning aimlessly today. augh.
I am following, and living my dream. It's not always an easy road, sometimes it's hard to keep believing. Sometimes I get so down I think I should just give up... I mean who would notice....
The answer always comes back, I would.
I knew that self publishing wasn't going to be an easy road. IN this world there's no easy road. If you submit your work to the big publishing houses there's always going to be rejections. ( I know because I do submit... short stories, and novels.) While the big guys have lots of money for doing the advertising, the writer sees only a small portion. So after a lot of soul searching, I went the self publish route. I'm still learning the ropes and I still make mistakes. But every penny I earn is mine, and I do work hard to earn every penny I make.
The fact is I didn't start writing to become rich or famous. (Not that I wouldn't like fame or fortune.) I started this because I love to tell stories. (and get them damn voices in the head to shut the hell up) I wanted to publish my Forged Series, but couldn't figure out a way to do it without losing control. So Amazon Kindle self publish came to my rescue. Again, and again.
Two books of the series are out there, three comes out in March... and Close to You is up.... I am living my dream. I've wished on the star, and I've found my rainbow connection... And while there are still days of self doubt, and a flood of tears... there is also the thrill when I check the stats and a book has sold or been read on Prime.... So I keep going, even when this path gets rocky... it's the path I chose.
Someday we'll find it The rainbow connection The lovers, the dreamers and me
It's Monday, and the romance novel is up and running. I plugged it everywhere I could think of yesterday morning. And I learned that if I plug it to my Author's page on FB and then share it, it gives me a wider audience. Still learning.
Working on Princess in Hiding. And waiting on proof reader for Lives.... So that's one down, four to go.... It's still exciting... and it's still nerve wracking.
But time waits for no one, not even the Goblin Scribe. So it's back to work... and back to the grind.
When I started writing Close to You, it went pretty quickly down. After all I knew the story, I knew the location, and I knew my wonderful cast of people who populated my story. Then came the edits... and then the rewrite. It went from a third person point of view to a first person.
Then came more edits and more changes, and suddenly the story had taken on a life of its own. (I love when that happens) Things that I had originally planned were dropped, and the story became much more real. (again, I love when that happens)
A lot of blood, sweat, and tears go into a novel. I'm still new to this publishing game, and a lot of stress goes into not just the penning of a story but the committing it to either e-books or print. As a author, I wonder if my readers will have the same emotions that I had when I was writing it. I worry that it's too long, too girly, too this too that....
This is the first time I've set a date for publishing. When I did both Forged books that are published so far, they were up and running in 24 hours. This... this is different... and in some ways, it's harder than giving birth!
So the final countdown has started, and now there are just six days until the public can purchase Close to You. I hope they like the story as much as I liked telling it. But that will be something we won't know for a while.
February the First.... just 13 days until Close to You is released on Amazon Kindle! I wonder if all writers get this excited about their first romance novel. Now when I say romance, I do mean romance, not sex. When I was writing this story, part of me thought it was just a nice little young adult piece. Looking at it now, I hope it is more. I don't think that it would be just for the YA set... I think that some more mature readers would like it, and would remember that first love. At least I hope so. So it's the beginning of the month and I will be plugging every story out there... and next month Lives! Whoot... I'm an author.!
Patricia M. Bryce is a short story author, novelist and cosplayer.
She has appeared as Patricia M. Rose in the anthology, Dreams of Steam:
Gadgets, edited by Kimberly Richardson and published by Dark Oak Press.
When she's not busy writing, she's off being a playtron up at Bristol
Renaissance Faire. You can learn more at
https://www.facebook.com/PaisleyRose1 My photo on my Author's page is by TGDavison Photography