Skip to main content

#AuthorLifeMonth Day 9: Challenge Overcome

Most people see the more glamourous side of writing, but don't necessarily see the challenges that have to be overcome to even get a book to print.  Easily the greatest challenge is either being accepted by an agent (and a publisher, period) or doing it yourself through self-publishing.

I can see this making me a bit unpopular by a few of the holdouts on the legitimacy of self-publishing, but the reality is to do it right self-publishing is no less legitimate as going traditional.  Considering the long tradition you might say it was the original method of getting your book to print.  Cervantes did it, and I think Shakespeare did it.  In fact, Stephen King even did it (and this is the short list!).  If these heavy hitters in literacy history did it, then why do we attach such a negative stigma to the approach?

I digress, and that can be another post for another time although the point still stands... easily the greatest challenge is not just getting the book to print but also getting that book into the hands of your readers.

This challenge was overcome through hard work.  The first was writing the book (which almost didn't happen a few times), and then editing (the process of which had a lot of setbacks, up and including losing all our hard work), starting over, and then... at the end of that... deciding to self-publish through CreateSpace (Amazon's print-on-demand division) and going to print.

All in the nick of time to make the deadline for Anime North 2014.

That challenge was overcome with many sleepless nights, a very understanding & supportive boss (thanks, Carm!), and the support of friends and family... and then a speedy delivery in the nick of time to supply a booth at Anime North.

That... yeah... that was the biggest challenge we overcame, and I couldn't have done that alone.

And to this day, I can't save a manuscript without saving it to three different backup locations as well as printing a draft every time a stage of revisions and editing was completed.


Popular posts from this blog

How Pokemon Go works (or why I went from being a hater to loving it)

Okay, by now everyone and their brother have probably heard about Pokemon Go.  When it first came out I was like many who thought it was stupid.  People are running around, trying to catch a fake monster on their phones and tablets, and someti
mes being really stupid and trespassing, walking off of cliffs or into traffic.

Not for me.

So, what made me change my mind?

It had everything to do with researching everything I could find on it, including how it works and what makes the programming tick.

(Disclaimer: This blog post is not meant as a gameplay guide.  You may get a few tips and tricks from it, but the intent to find such is not here)

The first thing to note is how the Pokemon spawn rate works.

First things first:  If you're sitting someplace rural, you're probably SOL.  The reason is that the spawn rate/chance is directly linked to cell data and how many people in that area are actually playing or have played recently.  It doesn't matter if there is a Pokestop with a…

Between Silence and Fire - Book Three of the Kingdom of Walden Series - On Shelves October 28th, 2016

I'm really pleased to announce that the third book of the Kingdom of Walden Series, Between Silence and Fire, will be on shelves everywhere on October 28th, 2016. Some retailers already are selling it (Kindle) but you have one last week to wait if you want the hardcover.  It's almost here.
I can't believe it's been four years since I first wrote After Oil and started this whole thing.  You guys have been amazing in pushing me to keep the series going.  I'm sure some of you have also noticed the change from "Trilogy" to "Series"...
... Why is that?
Well, it's not a trilogy anymore!
You wanted more - and now you've got it.  I have already written (and apparently on Kobo it, too, is available for pre-order now) the fourth book of this series, Ghostwalker.  Ghostwalker will pick up almost immediately after this one ends... and you won't have as long a wait between this book and Ghostwalker.  Unlike these past three books, Ghostwalker wa…

The Zen of Inbox Zero

What most people don't realize about me is that I'm incredibly organized.  
I have to have a clear and clutter-free desktop (both on my computer and physically) and even my emails have to be cleared from my inbox.

I don't mean deleting them--I mean the zen of having a place for everything and filing it away to its place like you would with your various papers in life and your office.  This has a few benefits to me, and others who subscribe to the philosophy.  First off, to move an email to its corresponding folder means you've dealt with it and if you need to deal with it again later, it is easily found in the folder.  Mind you, using Gmail also has another benefit which is the search utility, but I still like to organize it all into the various folders and sometimes even subfolders because I like knowing... just knowing... where things are.

To open my inbox and only see emails that I haven't dealt with (or none at all) leaves me with this sense of peace that I hav…