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My turn again with BlogRoll Tag! – On Publishing….


I was tagged by author Hiram Crespo who wrote the fascinating book  Tending the Epicurean Garden’, who asked me the following question:

What motivated you to write and then self publish your first book ‘The Kalarthri’?  

All my life I have wanted to write books and stories.  But I have never had the courage to actually pursue it.  I had written a lot of stories and had a quite a few manuscripts under my belt – one of which was The Kalarthri.  And then one day (well, a couple of days),  I sat down and really thought about what I really wanted to do with it.

I thought long and hard about whether I wanted to be traditionally published or self-published and then thought about the pros and cons about what would happen to me if I did bring out my very own book.  And here is what I came up with:

1)     I don’t have to slave over my work until I have the next ‘War and Peace’.  I am not writing to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.  I am writing because I have these stories running around in my head that want to come out.  Stories that I would like to read and have other people read.  And they can’t do that if it has not been published.

2)    I don’t have to write to a ‘word count’ because the industry says so.  I wanted to be able to write my stories to the length they need to be and no more.  I have heard some editors and agents tell their clients that manuscripts need to be ‘bulked out’.  I did not want to do this.

3)    What if people do not like it?  Then people do not have to read it.  Simple – I could not use this excuse anymore for not publishing.

4)    The time is not right.  But then I ended up thinking ‘The time is never right’  and if I kept on thinking that then nothing will ever happen and my stories would languish in their dusty box forever.

5)    And this was the decider for me to publish – If I don’t do it now, then most probably I would never do it and I did not want to look back on my life and regret that I didn’t do this when I had the chance.  I already have a small list of things that I regret not doing (and doing) in my life – I did not want to add to them.

So, to answer Hiram’s question on what motivated me to publish The Kalarthri’… To be honest, it was the fear that when I am near the end of my life, that I look back and regret that I did not conquer my fear and publish.

And with this post ends this round of BlogRoll Tag….

I hope you’ve all had fun ‘playing tag’ and seeing what everyone had to say!

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7 Tips for Writers Jealous of Other Writers

Posted by Laurie 🙂

How do you deal with the jealousy you feel when you listen to authors at writers’ conferences or read Pulitzer-prize winning magazine articles in the New York Times? If you’re not a writer jealous of other writers, I need your advice.

writing jealousyOne surefire tip for dealing with jealousy is to get deeper into your own writing. Use the exercises in books such as One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer’s Art and Craft by Susan M. Tiberghien to develop your own distinct writing voice and style. If you’re jealous of other writers, it may be because you haven’t figured out who you are as a writer.

Anne Lamott describes her jealousy of one writer in particular in Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (I think she was referring to Natalie Goldberg, but I have no foundation whatsoever for my suspicion).  Actually, it may have been traveling Mercies that she talked about her writerly jealousy. If you haven’t read Lamott’s books on writing and life, get thee to a library or Amazon.com! It’s good stuff.

Here’s how I deal with jealousy of other writers: I stop writing. I let my feelings of inadequacy, insecurity, and uncertainty overwhelm me, and I surf Youtube for “how to play the flute” videos. That makes me feel even more inadequate and insecure because I’m a new flutist, so then I eat. Lots. Blech.

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Writing Update 8th August

Hayley - workWow!  Winter’s Magic is due for release at the end of August and I can’t wait for you all to read it!  And I have also finished the first draft of the next ‘Way to Freedom’ book – ‘The Dream Thief’.

Things here have been really busy lately.  This is mainly because I have a habit of biting off more than I can chew.  I have so many stories knocking about in my head, all wanting to get out into the wild, that sometimes it can be hard to choose what my next project will be.

I know that my Work’s in Progress page has dates for what is going to be worked on next, but, as with all things in life, it is subject to change.  So please don’t feel disappointed if I rearrange the WIP schedule on what is coming out next.  Just be rest assured that the next book in a series will be out (in most cases, the first drafts are already written and are just put away so I can edit them with fresh eyes at a later date.)

I am now working on ideas for cover designs for ‘The Dream Thief’.  When I have some finals I will send them out to my email list for their opinion on what looks good and what doesn’t (If you want a say, then join up now!).  The aim then is to have ‘The Dream Thief’ out for sale by mid December 2014.

In my next news post, I will reveal the cover for my new book ‘Winter’s Magic’, along with the first chapter.  I hope you all like it.

I have also set up a group on Goodreads with Gina Briganti called ‘The Author Collaborative Network’.  We set it up as a place for Authors to get together and discuss all aspects of the publishing/writing/marketing process.  All authors old and new (and soon to be) are welcome to join us – the more the merrier.  If you are interested and are a member of Goodreads, then click the image below to take a look.

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Well, I think I’ve procrastinated enough for now.  Better get back to work 🙂


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Guest Post on ‘Coffee & Books & Art’

Hi again

I have a guest post on Coffee & Books & Art called “Resisting the Enemy – Why chocolate is good for you”.  Please go over and take a look.  It’s not a long read and it does mention chocolate a lot (trying to entice those sweet tooth’s out there)  🙂


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