This week, I was reminded of a movie I saw with a friend when I was back in high school - Drop Dead Fred. The movie is pretty funny, but there was one scene that made me lose it. I laughed uncontrollably! Tears streamed down my face. It was so much fun, and it's stuck in my memory.
I love watching my son when he reached that point. When he laughs so hard, he cries. It's awesome! And it makes me happy to see him enjoying himself so much.
As I've grown older, I don't laugh like that as much. I'm not really sure why. I just don't. Maybe I need to seek more opportunities to do that. When's the last time you've laughed like that?
On a side note, I've joined BookSneeze - a blogging book review site. So from time to time, I'll be posting book reviews. In fact, my next post will probably be a review!
Blessed Am I
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and all my friends on Facebook are sharing the things for which they are thankful. I am grateful for so many things, it's hard to keep track. When something wonderful happens - even something small - I lift a prayer to God, thanking Him for His blessings.
This year, my book was published. That is such an awesome thing!
I have really amazing kids.
I am married to a caring, loving man who takes good care of me.
My sweet mama is in my life daily, even though I don't get to see her all the time.
My brothers are super cool.
I've been able to keep in touch with old friends and make some news ones, thanks to the Internet.
The list goes on and on. It's really been a great year. And to top it all off, I was able to re-connect with my fifth grade teacher yesterday. As a child, I adored and admired him. We lived in a small town, and I got to know him long before I was his student. After my fifth grade year, we moved away, so I lost contact with him, except for the occasional letter.
But yesterday was spent emailing back and forth with him. What a fantastic man! I am so excited to get to know him again. And what a blessing that my kids will be able to meet him! I love how God places special people in our lives. And thanks to the information highway, we're able to hang onto them a bit longer.
I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!
It's been a little while since I've blogged on a regular basis, so I thought I'd tell you what I'm up to right now.
I've taken a little break from writing. 'Tis the season, and all...at least getting ready for the season, so I've been working on creating a few crocheted crafts for some local craft fairs. I'm hoping to sell enough of my creations to help fund marketing ventures for Asylum and/or contribute toward the publication of a second book.
On that note, I've not heard anything from any agents or publishers. I have to remind myself that Asylum has only been out for going on three months, but I fear that I'm losing momentum. I personally have sold close to sixty copies. I have yet to see an official sales statement, but I'm hoping and praying that the sales will be good. Again, it's not about the money. It's about getting my book out there! It's about making those characters live and breathe in the hearts of my readers.
With that in mind, I am considering using Kickstarter to fund publication of Outlaw, which I'd like to be the second book published in the Circeae Tales series. That thought came to mind last week, and shortly afterward, I read a passage in Sarah Young's Jesus Calling about grasping and controlling instead of trusting God. So while the thought is there, I'm still praying over it to see where God will lead me. He knows the desires of my heart - to be published by a traditional house. To have an agent to work with through all this. So I'm trying to be patient.
I am encouraged by my readers. I've heard nothing but good things. Even the "criticism" is positive, which thrills me. I'm most grateful to those who have posted reviews or comments. And I'm honored that people have actually taken the time to read my book. That's the greatest gift to a writer.
Blessings to you all.
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Strike It Rich!
This post is for any aspiring writers out there. And also to shed some light on my adventure in publishing. So far, it's been really amazing! It's exciting to tell people that I am an author! But there's also a major truth to be known.
Writing a book does not make you rich.
If you think you're going to pour your heart and soul into 300 hundred pages, sell the manuscript to a publisher, and laugh your way to the bank, you best find a new endeavor. First of all, creating the story and crafting the words is a lot of hard work. Selling it - even harder. It's quite difficult to get your foot in the door. I'm still trying, and I have a published book!
And now, to talk dough. Unless you're a New York Times best-selling author, you probably won't make a whole lot. And what you do make, you re-invest in buying more books to sell, attending conferences, and marketing. While I wish I could give away books to everyone around me, I simply can't afford to! Even those close to me have had to pay for their books. Of course, I am considered a self-published author, but I've heard similar things from traditionally published authors.
So all that to say...don't get into the book business to make money. Do it for your heart. That's what makes it worthwhile.
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