“You’re doing WHAT? Oh, that’s cool.”
“How’s the writing going? Oh, wow….you’ve got THREE finished? When will you get your advance?”
“Molly, we love the excerpts you’re posting….have you thought of submitting to the smaller presses, and trying to get into e-books?
“You’ve submitted? AWESOME! Keep us posted!”
“Hey, your 1st book is LIVE on Amazon! That’s amazing! Whoo hoo!”
“Mol, did you know All She Ever Wanted is currently sitting at #3 on the Best Seller List over at ARE?”
“You’re published? Oh that’s so cool….I’ve always wanted to write a book…..how do I get started?
“You’ve got TWELVE books published? I’m so glad I met you; I wrote my 1st book a few months ago and don’t know what to do with it. Can you recommend a good editor and publisher?”
“Molly, would you be willing to come to our writer’s group and share your experience with us? How you got started, any advice you can give to those of us starting out?”
*blinks* “Did you say 25? OMG…..and you don’t mind if I EMAIL you, or PM you on FB? That’s AWESOME!”
“Would you be willing to look at my 1st chapter and let me know what you think?”
“What was the name of your editor and cover artist? How much do they charge?”
“You mean you’re willing to HELP ME? So if I tell you I think I’m ready to publish, I can come to your writing group and you’ll help me with formatting, cover art, and editing? That’s so cool!
“What about marketing? Oh….you can help me do that too? Fantastic!”
In other words, becoming published has finally made me credible. It’s no longer just a ‘cool hobby’ (unless, of course, you’re talking to my immediate family….they still call it a ‘waste of time and money’, but that’s only because I haven’t hit the NYT Best Seller list or getting that $10K advance!), or just something I ‘do’.
When I meet potential writers, I’m peppered with questions about how to find editors, cover artists, publishers, or even how to publish through KDP (create space was sooooo much easier!).
I love it when I meet writers/authors in all stages of their careers. I pick the brains of successful ones, offer suggestions to new ones with their 1st book, and encourage those who have barely finished Chapter One.
I’ve got a busy Saturday ahead, meeting my parents at the Beef House in Covington, in order to celebrate 3 birthdays, then off to a class reunion. Sunday, I can sleep and laze around the house before returning home on Monday. Have a great weekend and see you back here next week!