WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 2016
WHERE: 5132 Deer Ridge Ct, Fort Wort, TX 76137
Sally Singletary’s Discovery is now available to the public! Come and join us in a celebration of food, fun, and even a bit of learning. We are featuring Q&A sessions with the author as well as answering questions regarding the writing business at all levels. So even if you’re a teen ready to grab your copy of Sally Singletary or you’re a writer, young or mature, we welcome you to an event that everyone will leave with something.
You do not need to RSVP for this event, but it is helpful so we can judge how many people are coming. You can do so on our Event Facebook Page.
We have a special Guest Speaker: April Gerard, A.L. Deleon Agency & Co-Owner of Author Sensei. She will be sharing some great resources for writers looking to break into the market.
The pool is available. Bring your swim trunks or just put your feet in! Children are welcome, but please be responsible and make sure they are supervised. Above 10 preferred.
Dinner and adult beverages will be served around 6.
12-3 Author Writing Information/ Q&A
3-6 Meet & Greet/ Games / Fun
6-? Party in the Pool/ Food & Fun
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.
That is the question. I’ve really been struggling with the decision on publishing, traditional or self-published. I’ve read so much on the subject the past few days I fell like I’m developing a split personality, but before Mr. Hyde takes over I had to reflect on an article I read most recently. Kristen Lamb is the author of the best-selling books We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer. She wrote an article that really inspired me. Her words seemed to ring true to the desires within. I’ve examined the reasons for my struggle and have boiled it down to this. It’s my book and I like it that way. I know that sounds selfish and a bit conceited, but the truth of the matter is that I have a story to tell and I’m not sure how I feel about the idea of other people involved in that. I know that my chances of “making it big” are probably not as high, but my real goal for writing this project wasn’t to be the next J.K. Rowling. I mean who wouldn’t want to be one of the richest writers in the world, but still, my dreams for this project is to see it in the hands of my readers. I’m not saying that I think my work is the best and doesn’t need any help. I’m far from perfect. But I’d like the chance to see it take off, the way I designed it, the way I envisioned it. Not the way someone thinks it should be just because there’s a chance it will make more money. I hope that readers enjoy it and will pass it on to friends and family and I hope that it will one day be a book that people will talk about, but for now I’m content with the knowledge that I’ve put a lot of hard work and a lot of years into this project and I think my decision has been made. Look for more updates soon on the status of this project and if you think it’s something you’re interested in, please share it. Let’s make this thing a huge success!!!