The yearly infestation of black carpenter ants arrived on schedule in our kitchen and bathroom.  As I run around trying to treat the perimeter and get the problem under control, I remember the songs and fables of the ant’s determination.

As writers, we often find ourselves facing seemingly insurmountable odds from writer’s block to agents slamming the door in our face to pans from critics.  Still we must soldier on because to writing is not something that we do, it is a part of who we are.

After a year wallowing in the slush pile at Authonomy, I have learned a great deal and made a number of friends, however I haven’t been able to network and schmooze my book into the editor’s hands.  I promised myself that I would publish the book myself if I could not find a traditional outlet within a year.  Of course, the first thing that a writer has to do is make sure not to perpetuate the stereotype of sloppy, poorly written self-published titles.  The friends that I’ve met through Authonomy have been a tremendous resource: as editors, mentors and cheerleaders.

I’m now waiting for feedback from a group of friends and associates who have kindly offered to thoroughly review Jade Dreams before it goes to print.  In the meantime, I have been researching ways to improve the titles chances.  I’ve recently joined Twitter where a number of my fellow authors are already well entrenched.  This site has been revamped and I’ve revived my old domain name.  I’ve managed to sell a few short stories at professional rates so now I can just sit back and wait for the dough to roll in right? 

Wouldn’t that be nice.  Now is where the hard work begins.  I’ve been doing research into self-publishing outlets like CreateSpace and SmashWords.  I have to determine a price for paperback and ebooks and determine what formats that I want to allow.  I have to determine how much of the book to make available in free previews and I have to decide how much I want to spend in time, effort and money on advertising, both locally on the internet.  Most of all, I’ve learned to be realistic with my expectations.  There are books released by major publishing houses that fail to sell 20,000 copies.

There's much to do and no guarantee that we won't be squished walking across the counter, but we have to keep trying because, after all, we are writers.
Keep  writing my friends.

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