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Self Publishing requires Patience

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This weekend has been one of those exercise in futility projects. I tried unsuccessfully, 11 times, to upload the manuscript for my newest novel, to convert it. This is what self-publishing is. Along with the freedom to write what I want and make all my own decisions I have the unique privilege of trying to figure out how to solve technical glitches which I'm fairly certain are not my fault.

Now I want to be clear, many of you would never have bothered. You may never have even noticed the slight difference in font size appearing in the beginning of every chapter. But the editor in me refused to accept even the smallest error. That's not to say you won't find one here and there, in fact my newest nightmare is that I have discovered many modern day fonts do not clearly indicate open and close quotes. So my books tend to contain all kinds of strange errors not detected in digital form. I'm still working on that.

If you're an avid reader, and like to try out new authors…

Writing for the sake of writing

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One of the most disheartening things writers tend to do is question themselves. Debate whether to give it up because they aren't doing well. Me included. But then, I have to ask myself, what's the standard measure I'm using for doing well? Book Sales? Notoriety? Influence? Publishing offers? What defines the success of my writing? Or anyone else's?

What I'm getting at, is today's writers are faced with a very difficult decision in how they place their books in the marketplace. And unfortunately, when it comes to books, it's all about the marketing, not the writing, not the reading, not the printing, just marketing. Targeting the audience based on what they say they want to read and what they then actually pay for. When they go online to search for a book, every online retailer tracks their search data. Then they track their purchases and downloads and online reading habits. Then publishing houses and agents buy that data and use it to determine what will sel…
Welcome to Writer's Block

I'm envisioning this as a place to explore and share my journey as a writer. My goal is to hopefully make it easier for others to launch their own journey without fear. Because for me, I've spent far too many years afraid to 'go public' with my work. 

Why do so many of us fear sharing our writing with the world? Especially fiction? For me it's about judgement. Criticism. Rejection. Over the years I've had too much negativity from so-called experts. Those who discouraged rather than encouraged. Those who simply dismissed my efforts. Now I guess as they say I am woke. I realize it matters not a smidge if anyone else likes my stories. I do. 

I'm ridiculously tired of being told my stories aren't a good fit. Fit for what, someone's bank account? Writing isn't about the money. It never has been. The money let's you eat, pay rent, and live to write another day. So all you would be authors, remember, you are a writer if y…