Thursday, March 31, 2011

Take a Chill Pill

Indie publishing is like the Wild West of publishing. There are a great deal of well meaning people out there trying to make sense of the incredible amount of writing that is exploding onto the scene because of the proliferation of eReaders. There are publishers like Amazon and Smashwords that are giving authors a chance to get their work right up there with traditionally published books. And there are reviewers, printers and every conceivable support structure coming into play to accommodate the explosion.

But it’s a crazy eWorld and we may be making it harder for readers to find quality work. That’s why I admire those daring folks who help readers by reviewing Indie Authors. But if there are less than high quality works of literary art out there, there are also some less than professional authors too. I hesitate to add to the viral nature of a particular event that has taken the Indie Publishing world by storm, but I can’t add many more numbers, and frankly, it is just so darn enticing.

I am referring to a review on Big Al’s Books and Pals and the author’s rants about her less than desirable review. And it wasn’t an entirely bad review. Add to that all the comments from others and the reviewer’s responses to the author and you’ve got a tasty little stew. Wow! So for those looking for a little taste of the Wild West Show in Indie Publishing, check out Big Al’s post. It is a must read.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Night Flight Trailer

I hesitate to post this video because it is a bit...silly.  But it was so much fun to make I just had to offer it up.  It makes me laugh.  It is a tongue-in-cheek poke at a writer's struggles getting published.  Hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

So It Begins

“Wait and hope.”  A quote from one of my favorite books: “The Count of Monte Cristo”, by Alexander Dumas père.  As I put the finishing touches on my first novel and put it up for sale, I use the quote to help me stay focused with my writing that is now – out there.

A writer may invest years in creating a story, compelling characters and a plot that engages.  This writer did.  “Night Flight” began as a short story, and through years (on and off since I have a real job) of writing and rewriting, the story became a novel.  It isn’t easy letting go.  The characters become family; you grow to love them.  You get angry with them when they go astray and you cry over them when they experience pain.  But at some point you must let them go and turn them out into the world for others to experience. 

Now I wait for a reader to discover the people between the covers.  And I hope you will find something in my characters to love, or despise, or relate to.  Writers will often say we write for the reader.  I’m not sure about that.  I think it’s more accurate to say we write for ourselves and hope the reader enjoys the ride. 

In any case, you now have the opportunity to own the book.  Not because you buy it, but because the characters are now yours, part of your family.  Well-written characters are alive and have a way of drawing you in and investing you in their drama.  And just as I cried over the Count, Edmond Dantes, feeling the pain of losing him as I closed the cover of the book for the last time, it is my hope that you will find the characters just as alive and compelling in “Night Flight”.

So I wait and hope.