*Sigh*, there so much to say and too many words to say it in.
This has been one hell of a run. Ask me a a couple years ago if I ever considered having my own stories out for the world to see, I'd answer no. But now, here I am, introducing readers to my ideas, thoughts, and new worlds.
With that being said, there has been some major changes and adjustments made to the way I'm publishing. I've come to realize, as a self-published author, my actual reach isn't as far as I'd like it to be. I push out more than I bring in and it's a hard pill to swallow, admitting truth, but it is what it is.
Anyway... I've decided to go a different route with a few of my books and series. Specifically, A Burdened Novel is under agent consideration. This decision was made, after a lot of back and forth and major consideration. I'm not the best at marketing or promoting, I'm mostly only good at telling stories and making small talk with my readers. (One of my life's loves is connecting with my readers and talking about everything from books to outer space.) I want to be able to continue doing that, to continue pushing out new reads, and meeting readers at events. I'm in hopes this change will help me do those things and become a better author. Not writer, author. This isn't a bad thing, it is a slow process and will prolong the release of the series and connected novellas but it's the better option. Patients equals perfection, and that's what I want to give everyone. Shortly, there will be things about ABN that dwindle away, I'll update as soon as I can.
People give self-publishing authors such a bad rep, not realizing just how much effort they put into their career. Unlike traditionally published authors, or even small press authors, self-pubbers (I made that up) do everything on their own, they fund themselves, have to find editors, graphic designer (if they don't know how to do that on their own), build their audiences, market, promote, and make their own dues. Yes, some of them are pretty, um, out spoken or too ballsy, but this is not an easy gig. I can understand why they react the way they do sometimes. It's NOT okay, nothing is okay with calling out bloggers, or bashing reviewers, and being total asshats. It's just that we put our blood, sweat, and tears into our work, into getting our work out there, and waiting... It hurts when people bash us and we have to bite our tongues and remain cordial because, well, this is our career and we don't want to ruin it by offending anyone or turning over the wrong stones. Just as one good word can make us, one can break us. I just wish there was more respect for self-published authors, new and old. (this is neither here nor there, I just wanted to say it because I'm a apart of that world and I try - sometimes - to understand why these authors behave the way they do)
Anyway, I'm not saying self-publishing isn't for me, but right now, life's getting in the way. A lot of life. There are still a few books scheduled for release, just slowly - later on in the year.
- Vague Perception: This is being released this fall, we have an estimated release date of August/September. I'll update when I have a more stern date.
- Created 2 & 3: These both will be released together in December. Created is a three book trilogy, so the releases will complete the series. As of right now, there's no talk of any novellas or spin offs.
- Other Works In Progress you may see from me in the future for which a release date has yet been determined; Fly Before You Fall Away YA Fiction Standalone, Left In Your Shadows YA Fiction Series, A Whisper of Smoke, NA Apocalyptic Fiction Standalone, When the Clocks Fall YA/NA Sci-Fi Fiction possible Series, +
I'm excited to write, to tell stories, I'm just not to pumped about continuing down this self-pub road. There's so much bad advice our there, so many people who say they're around to help but really they're not, too many people out here who use you and lie to cheat you out of your money, and more forks in the road than I can count.
Most of my books, majority of my books are completed, I have novels on novels (Most of which, are the ones I mentioned above.), as I assume most aspiring writers/veteran authors do, I'm just having mixed emotions about publishing them. It's just going to take some time. I'll be doing things a lot slower, smarter, and more rational.
There'll be new reads soon, sorry about the delay. Feel free to reach out with any concerns or if there are any questions. I'm always available and happy to answer.