The Return of Me

Posted by on Feb 15, 2011 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

So due to computer complications I’ve been gone for a while. I’m not back online entirely as of yet, but I’m close. For those of you that are still subscribed I thank you for your patience.

Thanks in part to my computer issues, my manuscript and querying process have also been put on hold. However, now that I have temporary access to a computer I’ve taken the liberty to check my MS. I’m happy to say I’m still satisfied with it. I’ve been working on it the past two weeks to format it, making it an easier read, and after being away from it for so long it’s been a bit easier for me to look at it objectively. This has been great for editing, although I don’t believe there is more work to do on the story itself, I have been able to “cut the fat” out of the book.

With the unexpected time off from working on my book I’ve recently found it a blessing in disguise. I’ve been doing research on e-publishing, and learning even more about the publishing industry while I’ve been away and I’ve come to a new conclusion. I’m going to e-publish my manuscript. I’m in the process of researching editors and I’ve already gotten someone to design the cover. This is a new page in my writing journey and I’m glad I can share it with you.

I know there are a lot of skeptics out there when it comes to self and e-publishing, but for me, I just believe this is the best way for me to move forward. I – like any writer – want to make a living off my writing. I want writing to be my full-time job. Whether I publish traditionally or electronically, there is no guarantee and the odds aren’t great either way. I still want to make a living writing, but more importantly, I want people (other than friends and family) to be able to read what I’ve written. There will be people who hate it, and – I hope – people who love it. If I can reach only a few people with my book, and they enjoy it, than I’m satisfied. If I can reach a lot of people who enjoy it, even better. Either way, I’m excited for new possibilities.

Things are going to change a bit around the blog. Instead of posting everyday, I’m going to post twice a week. Mondays and Fridays. There will be the odd post in between, but for now until I’m back full force, this is the best way to proceed.

So the new journey begins now as I finish the formatting of my book, and search for an editors. Things are about to get very exciting!

    2 Comments

  1. You said, “I want people…to read what I’ve written”
    Over the years, I've taken a long look at that statement and questioned it, trying to figure out “why?” Why do we want that? Do we expect people to realized how good we are? To have the same opinion as we do? Surely you think you are a very good writer. Why is is important for others to agree with you? For some reason, I track the percentage of people that return the books I sell. It is one of the more interesting stats for me.
    But I don't think it is all about validation or money. There is something else there.
    Can we just write to write? I really don't think so…
    Thanks for making me think
    YvF

  2. I'm not sure exactly, but I agree with you. I don't think we can just write to write. I love to write, and so I must write, but also, I don't want to write a story that nobody has the chance to read. We all know how great it is to be lost in a great book and I want to be able to give that feeling to someone else. Whether or not the stories I have to tell are great or not, well, that's not for me to decide, but if I never send them out there, nobody will ever enjoy them.

    I'm reminded of the saying “If a tree falls in a forest, and nobody is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?” I believe the same can be said about a story. “If you write a great story, but nobody ever reads it, who's to say it really exists?” Maybe not a great analogy, but it makes sense to me.

    Thanks for you thoughts!

    MRM

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