When I first started writing, especially when I self published, the running theme was building a band of similar authors…and together you guys could go out…and leave reviews on each others novels.
It seemed like a good idea, until it didn’t happen enough. I also experienced horror stories from other authors who had people purposely leave bad reviews.
Even when I allowed Creativia to publish my work, reviews were a staple for your novel. I’ve never been one to network, at least not well. Especially in the beginning.
I’m also not here to be the best or compare myself to others.
However, I received my first review without read swaps or begging. I didn’t have to bribe anyone and wait two months. I also didn’t have to go out of my comfort zone, and read a novel I had no interest in.
I don’t know when it will happen again, but, its refreshing to know that reviews exists in a customers realm as well. Receiving 5 stars, and the hopes that Erin Bailey is a Time Lord will stretch into a series basically made my birthday so amazing!
I am currently in the final stages of editing Stained Waltz. I’m excited because this will be book number two that will be published this year…which has me hoping I produce more novels to publish this year! No pressure, though. If it doesn’t happen…it doesn’t happen.
I was speaking with someone recently who said that ten novels at my age is prolific. I never thought about it like that. I also have about three novels that will be finished before years end. Writing is what I do.
This year has been very interesting. I’ve already had two men they to bamboozle me, hoping to reach the top of the mountain without all the foot work. The running joke is (and excuse my French) “men will suck dick to get to the top, too.” (I don’t have a dick…it’s metaphorical)
I have to redo the cover art for Stained Waltz, but only one face needs repairing. After ALL of that (and I mean ALL) I took a vacation from work. It was much needed, and I’m glad I did. It will never cease to amaze me how pathetic some people are. By pathetic, I mean what I say.
If you’re working towards a goal, using someone who’s accomplished and kind hearted may work in the short term, but you’ll be losing a lot of time not experiencing your own triumph.
Using someone else to gain triumph doesn’t count and it never will. I honestly can’t say, “why am I even saying this.” But, yes, it needs to be said.
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