If you walk down the halls of any English department or sit in at any writer’s club you’ll hear lots of writers chatting away about their favorite books. With passion in their eyes, they’ll explain the plots and character development with such enthusiasm drawing you to open up the page. Within thirty minutes of conversation I could get a library of recommendations, but what comes naturally for some, does not come naturally for all.
I’m talking about having the passion for writing, but not for reading. This does sound a little weird and is more commonly found the other way around. I’m not sure why the passion of reading passed me over. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good book and would put away a manga in a heartbeat, however when it comes to reading novels I can’t start and finish them at the pace that others seem too.
Now it’s wrong to compare yourself to others, and if I were being honest I tend to be a little afraid of longer books. Maybe I have some kind of condition or maybe I’m just lazy, regardless even I can see the benefit of being a strong reader. I know once I find the right book I’ll power through it. I’m just not someone who can simply pick up a book and go, I need to put in the work and search for books that I like. So this year I would like to add reading to my hobby list. I want to be able to start and finish a book just like I would with a Netflix show. I’m not sure yet how this is going to work, but I know it’ll be worthwhile.
Sorry for the late entry!
Life happened as it always does, but I have my journal entry at least!
On my journey to self-publishing, I was faced with many options and even more questions. There was the choice of who to publish with, how to find an editor, and how to find a cover artist. Each of these was just the icing on the cake, though, as the cost of copyright and ISBNs and marketing popped up out of nowhere. It was frustrating and confusing for a new author like me to process this, let alone finance it, but hope was not far away.
I loaded up my old friend Google and did countless Facebook searches and was shocked to find a large number of resources out there for new authors. You’re not alone when you have access to so many writers’ blogs and support groups and I’m not shy about joining support groups. I recommend any new author or seasoned author seek out similar groups related to writing. Now this isn’t as easy as it sounds, you still have to test the waters.
I learned a lot about my book looking for support groups online. Firstly, find out what kind of book you’re trying to publish, is it a children’s book like mine or something for teens or adults. Is it fiction or non-fiction, these are important questions to ask when searching for the best group for your writing style. From there, find out what you’re looking for in a group and what you can offer. Are you already published and looking for a group focused on marketing? Are you looking for beta readers or peer editing groups? Or are you fresh to the writing world and looking for support on getting your idea onto paper. Whatever you’re looking for they’ll be a group out there for you, but you have to put in the work and do your research.
I’m no pro and I’m still feeling my way around, but Googling and searching on Facebook has helped me this far. So I would definitely recommend.
When I first gazed out upon the sea of dreams to publish my first novel, I knew the road would be paved with many challenges. I knew that some challenges would be easy to overcome, while others would require a lot more than a quick Google search. The more I searched the more I became aware of exactly what I was trying to do. I wanted to publish a novel, a real in the print, paper and bound novel. Something, to my knowledge, that no one in my immediate circle had ever done. I stopped many times and thought to myself, are you crazy? You can’t be real right now? How can you do something you’ve never done before?
Well, the answer was simple. You do it the same way you’ve been doing since the day you were born. You ask, you try, and repeat. I’m kind of feeling my way around, finding and making friends along the way. Googling and Facebooking like there’s no tomorrow and going out and forcing myself to talk to people I’d otherwise never come in contact with. I want my novel to rock and rise to the top of the best sellers list, but more importantly, I want my novel to be the best story I can tell. I want people to read my stories and escape into my world just as I did when I read stories as a child. That’s my real goal as I fumbled and feel my way around the publishing world and if you’re willing I’d like to carry you along for the ride.
Now onto the business stuff, my current project. I could spend all day telling you about how amazing it is and slap up a pre-order button on my page, but I’m not going to do that. Mainly because I don’t know how to, but really this blog isn’t about selling tons of copies.
But first, before I get sidetracked,
I have to tell you about this cat! Yes, I said cat and no he’s not your run of the mill house cat. This is a cat with an adventurous curiosity that beckons him to look beyond the doors of his home. All cats are curious, why is this one so important you may ask? Well little known to him, his curiosity will forever change the fates of all those who walk around him.
I invite you to take a seat and listen to my tale of house cat turned adventurer in my first ever novel entitled: Ouji The Curious Cat coming to a book provider near you February 2017.