Greetings from Portland, Oregon –
Life-changing decisions aren’t easy. Parting ways with my agent to self-publish was no exception. With three books published and an exciting new novel a few weeks away, I’m celebrating my website’s first birthday and asking the big question: What have I learned?
Seriously, how could I go through the last year without learning something?
The truth is I’ve learned a ton; most of it good, and I’ve have had fun. This is the right time to take my temperature, so here goes.
A year ago I had no real idea how the self-publishing business worked, or how to manage and maintain a website, or if anyone would visit, or how I’d keep writing with all the other stuff to juggle.
So, on the plus side of the ledger …
The players, vendors and kindred spirits in the self-publishing world for the most part have been great, helpful, supportive and human.
Web traffic has been gratifying: thousands and thousands of visitors, and growing each month.
My books and blog have been well received by readers – I’m truly grateful for that.
My new book, The Do-Over, is a novel of hope, love and second chances.
A huge change of pace from my crime thrillers, and I can’t wait for people to read it.
To help make that happen, I’ll be offering the first seven chapters free to anyone that asks, think of it as a no-strings test-read.
And on the less positive side …
Doing battle, as a one-man-army, in the self-publishing trenches is hard. At times it seems there’s too much to ever get done and the degree of difficulty is daunting.
Getting the books to readers harder is even harder. The freedom to self-publish entitles authors to nothing more than the ability to join fray with everyone else fighting to pierce the clutter. You could say that access doesn’t guarantee access.
When I consider the old-guard book biz and think about the new-era book biz, factor in all I’ve learned of success and failure from experts and insiders, as well as novices and outsiders, when it comes to making it, what strikes me is not all that much has changed.
As has always been the case, it’s better to be lucky than smart.
I have to confess I wouldn’t mind more of each.
From time to time, people ask me questions about the past year.
Am I satisfied? Disappointed? Hopeful? Discouraged? Optimistic? Weary?
The answer is ‘Yes’ to all of the above and more, part of the time.
The other day, someone close asked me if I miss my agent?
Huh? I missed him when he was my agent.
The truth, success or lack of success notwithstanding, is I love telling stories.
And for the agony and the ecstasy of the past year, writing The Do-Over was the most fun I’ve ever had.
Being able to say that is truly an amazing gift.
I guess I’m really lucky that way.
All the best to all of you and all of yours – but before I go, one more thing –
If you enjoy the blog, you’ll love my books.
Please download my first novel, Rush to Dawn, for FREE!
Rush is the first Cups Drayton crime thriller. Like the other books in the series, The Old Dog’s New Trick and Imperfect Resolution, also available as eBooks and trade paperbacks.
To get the Free Download click: Get the Books!
To learn about the Series click: About the Books!
May the pages keep turning and deprive you of sleep!
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