I don't know about anyone else, but I get sort of itchy around the first of the year. I'm ready for summer. Long walks with my dogs, sunny days with the windows rolled down and the wind in my hair (at which I will undoubtedly complain when I'm brushing out the tangles), picnics at the lake. This year I have one more reason to be chomping at the bit. Maybe not for summer already, but to get through January. I feel like a little kid. Forget Christmas! I'm ready for Valentine's Day. Why, you may ask? Not like it's a real holiday that you get time off for and more than likely we'll be snowed under here in the Midwest *crosses fingers and whispers pleasepleaseplease don't snow us under*.
It gives me this sense of power to tell people I'm publishing a book. In fact, my husband brought it up the other day when we were in a wine shop. When people ask about my book, I sort of duck my head and bat my eyes (it's this weird thing I do when I'm nervous). I should really get some business cards and hand them out if we're going to play 'Look, I'm an author!' I think I did a pretty poor job of telling the lady what it was about. Oops. I need to work on presentation.
I asked some of the folks at IndieRomanceInk, a Yahoo!Group, about self-publishing, what they liked best about being indie authors. Most of them say they do it for the money (I guess some of them are really making a killing). Clearly they're reaching a lot of readers and doing pretty well for themselves. Writing, for me, has never been about the money. Yes, I'm thrilled when I place in a contest and I get a check out of the deal, but more than anything I just want to entertain people. We all have those day-to-day annoyances and moments of grief in our lives. If I can tell a story to entertain someone and make them forget their problems for a while, that's all the pat on the back I need. I still won't say no to a check though.
|One of those fancy vacays with|
the mud baths!
Wish me luck, because The Treasure Hunter's Lady is coming out in February. If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you can find out some of the blogs I'll be touring in the coming weeks and you could even win a copy from a few of the blogs.
Happy reading & writing, everyone!