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The Self-Publishing Conundrum

Being a teacher and a writer is often difficult. Finding the time to write is a chore, especially during the school year. During the summer, however, I have more time to revel in the world of the written word. My goal this summer is to get some revisions done on my first set of books and finish Sally Singletary. I’m really excited about Sally Singletary and I hope that it will find a place on a bookshelf somewhere.

It was interesting being a part of the DFW Writer’s Convention this year. Where last year the word e-books or self-publishing were looked at as taboos, it seems that things are changing with regards to self publishing. One of the observations that I’ve made is how many more people are trying. Are they being successful? I suppose that depends on your definition of success. I think plenty of self-pubbers are doing quite well with their works and have the benefit of others reading them, even if they aren’t raking in the millions.

What is the goal of an author? Of course we all want to be able to make enough money on it to live on, but what is our true goal? I think many writers would agree they just want to see others enjoying their books. The world of publishing is a difficult place, more difficult than almost any other. Perhaps self-publishing can open a few new doors for authors. I’ve considered it. I’m not convinced of the best outlet for my work yet, but it is definitely something I’m considering more than ever before.

It takes a lot of resources to self-publish and don’t think you can do it without them. I’ve seen many books go up on E-bay that lack the polish of a published novel, riddled with errors that only frustrate your readers. Take the time to carefully consider self-publishing and invest the money into your product. Editing is a MUST. Cover designers are a MUST. If you think you can make it without those things, you’ll find your work sinking to the depths of the Amazon charts. This much I know for certain.

At the same time, don’t be afraid of a challenge. The market is ripe for self-publishing if you have the time and energy to do it. More and more, big publishers are putting off marketing on you. If you’re going to be putting the time into it anyway, why not benefit from the royalties. More and more people will be reading e-books in the coming years.

Just make sure yours is one they want to read.

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DFW Writer’s Conference 2012

Nothing compares to standing in a room with over 300 other people who are just as crazy as you are! That’s what it’s like at the DFW Writer’s Conference. You have to admit, writers are a rare breed with vivid imaginations, interesting personalities, and more enthusiasm than a pack of six-year-olds at Disney!

This was my second year at the conference and it was an amazing experience, even better than the first. I was better prepared this year for all of the exciting events and information, knowing what to expect. It was interesting to find that the “theme” for this years conference seemed to be: “Don’t dwell on one project for too long.” While it wasn’t the official theme, the statement certainly hit home with me.

Last year, I came to the conference with one book that I had been working on over and over for years, beating the poor thing to death to the point that it no longer resembled anything I’d set out to accomplish. Since then, I’ve set that project aside and wrote as much as I could. As a result, I have completed two more books and two partials which has helped my writing to grow. It also gave me more to present to agents this year.

Another other lesson that hit home with me was patience. Many writers come to a conference with the dream that an agent will pick up their first book and become an instant success. The truth of the matter is that most writers’ first books suck! Many published authors will attest to that. Writing is like a fine wine, it improves with age. The more you write, the better you get.

I’m sure my own writing still has a long way to go, but I can certainly see where I’ve improved and where I still need to improve. It certainly helped having such amazing classes and knowledgeable instructors at the conference. They presented great information that I know will help me to hone my craft.

The biggest lesson for me, and possibly the most important, is networking and collaboration. You can’t do it alone. As a writer, you need people who understand the craft and can provide feedback and encouragement. The most successful writers aren’t necessarily the ones who had the best writing, they simply didn’t give up. Sometimes you need encouragement from others to help you see that you can accomplish your dreams.

Another wonderful conference brought to you by the DFW Writer’s Workshop! Thank you to James Rollins for providing a great keynote address and information to those of us who walk in his shadow. Thanks to all the agents who came to share the wealth of their knowledge. Thanks so much to the members of the DFW Writer’s Workshop for all your hard work and dedication, this is truly something that will change lives for many of us!

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DFW Writer’s Convention 2012

I’m so excited to be a part of the DFW Writer’s Convention again this year. I learned so much last year and met so many awesome people. It was so much fun to hang out with fellow writers and share your trials and triumphs. Since last year I have written two more manuscripts and three more partials. I can’t believe I’ve accomplished so much. It was such an inspiring experience and I hope it brings more of the same this year. This is also the year I have my fingers crossed to get these projects pitched to agents. While I pitched my project last year, I knew that I was just getting my feet wet in this whole process. Now I’m ready to dive in to the deep end. I am excited at the prospects for the future. Thanks so much for the support!

 

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DFW Writer’s Conference

The DFW Writer’s Conference is a great way to network, meet other authors, connect with agents and publishers and get a lot of great information about writing and publishing. I attended the conference for the first time last year and was overwhelmed with the amount of information and interactions with other authors. It was a fantastic experience that helped me to get on track with publishing my book. I took a lot of time since then to work on my manuscript and fine-tune the necessary details to make it better. I’ve gotten great feedback on the results and recommend the conference to anyone looking to get more information about the business or just have a great time meeting other authors. The conference is put on by the DFW Writer’s Workshop (another great group and organization) and most of the organization credits go to Jason A. Myers. Head on over to the source link and check it out!


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Time Travel

Driving to work in the mornings I always see the electronic signs that announce “Travel Time to…” My fogged brain insists on reading them as “Time Travel to…” Which got me thinking about Time Travel in novels.  At the DFW Writer’s Convention they mentioned that Time Travel was out as far as accepting manuscripts and I wondered why that is. I suppose it’s overdone and difficult to execute successfully but I would love to read a really good Time Travel story. What are your thoughts on Time Travel novels?

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Getting Started

Ok, so I’ve never really done a true blog before so bare with me.  It will be a long time before this is ready for prime time, but if you’re willing to give it a shot, I’ll try my best to make it worth your time.  I’m new the the whole business of writing.  I started writing a novel years ago.  The original manuscript was actually a short story that has grown into a series.  I went to the DFW Writer’s Conference for the first time this past weekend and learned a lot.  I was fortunate enough to get a pitching session with my first choice agent Amy Boggs with the Donald Maass Literary Agency. I can’t help but be excited at the prospect of getting picked up by such a wonderful agent. I had researched her before and had already decided to query her before finding out she was attending the conference. I can only hope that she likes my manuscript. All in all, the conference was a blast!  I learned so much and realized how much more I need to learn (especially about blogs).

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