I never thought I'd set up a website. So grateful for my husband, who knows how to do stuff like this. I always thought that I would get a traditional publisher, let them publish and market my manuscript, and sit back while the royalty cheques rolled in.
Instead, I have become what I have discovered is called an Indie Author; someone who strikes out on their own with a project that matters to them and covers all the areas of writing a book: writing the book, editing the book, persuading long-suffering friends to read the book, editing the book, setting up a website and pursuing marketing ideas, editing the book, and, finally, throwing it out there to see if it can stand on its own, and hoping that you edited it enough so that no one will point out any glaringly obvious spelling or grammar mistakes.
And then you get to market the book, which is where husbands who know how to do computers become very useful. So you set up a website, and a Facebook page, and you contemplate striking out on Twitter or Instagram, and you order business cards, and wonder about attending book clubs and writer's meetings and other things that strike terror into your introverted soul, which would really just be happier camped out alone in the hammock writing another story.
But there's that thing about believing in your project--a book that matters.
My Dragon's Fire Series matters to me. I have spent the last 14 months in Caledon (thank you, my patient family!) and I have no intention of coming out yet, because I'm just having far too much fun. So I venture out into the world of marketing, and wonder why I didn't study that in college, and make plans, between edits of the book.
That's where Dragon's Fire is at right now. Editing, and on the verge of publication. It has received some pretty awesome reviews from the aforementioned long-suffering friends, who have all told me that they wish to suffer more, and where is Book Two? So that's a good thing, and an amazing and thrilling experience as an author!
So stay tuned, because before long, Dragon's Fire is going to burst on the scene, and I can't wait to share my story with you!