Personally, I have a suspicion that everybody secretly looks at published authors and thinks to themselves, “Big deal. I could write a book, too.” You know what? They probably can because writing a book is comparatively easy. After your book is finished and a publisher accepts your manuscript is when you quickly learn the tremendous amount of work it takes to get and keep that book out there on the market. In addition, that work will blossom, grow and continue as long as the length of your contract. But getting my books accepted by a publisher gave me such a huge Rocky Mountain High it made all the long months or years of writing worth it. I live and write in the Colorado mountains and no, I don’t use the state’s infamous legalized marijuana. I signed on with Oak Tree Press back in November 2012 and have learned things I never imagined were involved in book publishing. Books are a business, just like any other venture into the field of creative arts, which means there’s work to be done.
My first book WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW, which is non-fiction, took me about 16 months to write. However, my current book FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST took me 3 1/2 years! I originally wrote it in the late 90s , then put it aside and forgot about it. One day I came across that old manuscript, read it one more time and decided it might actually have potential. I rewrote it to make it jive with life as it is today and submitted it to the Public Safety Writers Association’s Writing Competition with the intention that if it bombed there, it was going into the trash. Imagine my surprise when it won First Place in the Fiction Book Non-Published category.
Amazingly, writers and authors are not jealous, competitive people and they’ll always applaud your success, helping in any way they can. I have gained so many friends and business acquaintances I would have never met outside this circle of gifted people and many have become near and dear to me. Even though most people assume otherwise, unless you run with the big dogs like Stephen King or Patricia Cornwell, it’s not a lucrative business. But it’s usually fun, perhaps because we are all considered to be a tad weird, albeit wonderful. In spite of the tremendous amount of work involved, if I could go back to the beginning and do things over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. Write on, all you budding authors!
Both books are available as trade paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com and Nook and trade paperback at BarnesandNoble.com.
FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST can also be purchased at All Romance eBooks at: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-footprintsinthefrost-1990300-152.html OR Apple’s iBooks at: https://itun.es/us/_-X0ab.l