So, when can I read your book? Also, two new books for you.

The first Wednesday of the month brings our monthly question from the Insecure Writers’ Support Group. IWSG is a great resource for all us scribblers, and I’ve really enjoyed meeting other writers via this blog exchange. Give them a look here and join the conversation:

This month’s question: Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results?

Um, yeah. About that…

There comes a time when an as-yet-unpublished writer starts to wince when asked “What have you published?”

Nothing, okay? I’m still flogging the query circuit, submitting to competitions, tweeting like a sparrow, and hoping for a bite. I’m cheered by tales from traditionally published writers who received fifty, a hundred, even more rejections before getting that golden ticket.

And I’m starting to educate myself about self-publishing. The steamy romance novel I’m working on? If I don’t get a publisher for that one within six months of completion, I will self-publish. So there. But I won’t be one of those self-published writers who flings a half-baked, poorly edited story out into Kindle Land, so that means beta readers, and editor, and more time…

But it takes so long! And I was feeling okay about that, continuing to plug away, a thousand words or more each day, until, over the weekend, I received a text from a critique group member whose work I enjoy and admire: “Do you have a book out?” We’d talked about his previous book publicity events, and discussed doing one together. That was several months ago. At our last meeting, he showed me the pre-order page on Amazon for his latest self-published novel, a speculative fiction tale called The Secret Deaths of Arthur Lowe. If you enjoy creepy, eerie tales in a realistic setting, check it out here:

Meanwhile, on I plod, perhaps the slowest runner on the track, and using this blog to connect with other writers and practice creative non-fiction. Happy scribbling to you!

And speaking of publishing, my blog buddy Stephanie Faris has a new children’s book out in her charming Piper Morgan series.

Piper Morgan tries her hand at acting in the fourth book of the charming Piper Morgan series.

Piper’s mom is helping out at a local pool shop, and the owner wants to shoot a commercial for his store. Piper thinks it’s the PERFECT opportunity to get in front of the camera and experience a little bit of showbiz. But will Piper’s contribution to the TV commercial make a splash—or will it go belly-up?

Bio: Stephanie Faris is the author of the middle grade books 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the Piper Morgan chapter book series. An accomplished freelance writer, her work has appeared in Writer’s Digest, The Writer, Pacific Standard, Mental Floss, and The Week, among many others. You can find this latest book here:

And here’s where you can meet Stephanie:

7 thoughts on “So, when can I read your book? Also, two new books for you.

  1. Olga Godim

    I think every writer has her own pace, and there is no use in rushing it. When your time comes, you’ll know it. Don’t torture yourself with trying to catch up to anyone. “Publish more” doesn’t make sense to me as a motto. “Write better” – now that’s a worthy goal. Writing is not a race or a competition. It is a calling.

  2. Lee

    I think you’ve nailed it with the self-pub requirements. My good friend Elaine Orr has self-published some great cozy mysteries. But I have read so many that are, uhmmm, so not ready for publication. Beta readers and a good editor are a must (oh listen to me – I have not even finished my first draft!). BTW, I love Stephanie and have recommended her books to my friends with little ones!

  3. Leigh

    Thanks for your reply on my IWSG blog. I can SO relate to your journey. I’m going to publish with Amazon soon…and that’s relative to whenever I get the guts to do it.

  4. Val

    I’m stopping by on the “Piper Morgan Makes a Splash” Birthday Book Tour. Congratulations to Stephaine! I love Piper and her stories and the covers are adorable.

    I’ll be watching for your first publication, Rhonda…


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