Saturday, March 16, 2019

All authors read...

This statement is obvious, right? Writers write because they love to read. Problem is, Ihaven't had any time to read. But when my most recent publisher turned out to be paying only the cover artist, and no royalties at all were paid for 3 years, then the publisher was shut down...I got majorly discouraged. And the voices in my head got tired of yelling at me, and went quiet. So quiet I thought they were gone, though I couldn't figure out where they went to, since their only existence, until I write their stories, is in my head. If my only existence required me to be noticed, I'd be noisy as hell, insisting on my right to be heard

     But then my truck decided to present me with some issues that will be very expensive to deal with. I took one day off last week, to find out what was going on, that turned into 2 days, since it was so late when I got my truck back, there were no sub jobs left for the next day. Then my mechanic told me he'd need to order some parts, and it would take 2 days to fix it. But lo and behold, this week Thursday and Friday were not enough...he needs Monday also, to allow him time to get some other necessary parts.

    So I've had a few days off, but no voices in my head, so I couldn't write. I could try to submit my formerly-published books, but I still haven't decided if I'm going to try to self-publish. Some have advocated Amazon, but I'm already there with The Reyes Family Romances, my 5 book series, since my one publisher still in existence decided to become part of Kindle Unlimited, and I'm not sure I want to give one of the world's richest men that much control over my writing...or make him richer, presuming I'd sell anything.  Others have told me of various publishers they've had luck with. But I haven't made any decisions yet, and the quiet in my head was depressing.

     What to do? I pulled out my favorite series from years ago, the Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. I'd only read about 4 or 5 of the books, and over the years, I'd picked others up at used books sales where my husband is always scouting for sci-fi anthologies. And damn! Can that woman write! I've been staying up way too late, and reading past the deadlines I've set for myself. And while I've been reading, I've gotten excited about fictional characters again. I have a couple of books still to go, and at this year's AAUW (American Association of University Women) used book sale, I'll look for the few titles I don't have. Or I'll get them out of the library, if I need to. But I'm determined to finish them all.

    And to my surprise, when I'm in the shower now, the voices have started encouraging me to finish the second book in my current series, and the characters in the third book want me to get started on their story. Maybe I'll send the new manuscript out to other publishers, since the ones I've already sent it to have rejected it...except for the couple who never even responded, months later. And I'll tell them the second book is almost done, and I know the story arc for the third.

    Yes, I guess writers need to read. It gets the juices flowing. And before I know it, the summer will be here, and I'll have time to write again, as well as work on the business end of being an author. And maybe soon, I'll have books to talk about here, again. Wish me luck!



Tina Donahue said...

Sorry for the recent bad luck, Fiona. As far as a publisher going out of business - we've all been there, unfortunately. Publishing was never an easy business, but it's gotten damn brutal since Amazon came on the scene.

Glad you're getting back in the saddle. Hope your next release goes off the charts in sales. :)

Fiona McGier said...

Thanks, Tina. That's kind of why I'm hesitant about joining the "evil empire" by publishing with Amazon. I'm scouting out other opportunities, but am hampered by lack of time. I got a loaner car and I'm off to work in 2 minutes. Both jobs. Sigh...

But having the stories growing in my head again is a welcome relief.