So someone asks me "What do you do?" And I say "I'm a writer."
The next question is always, "Have you gotten anything published?" And I fumble around with answers like, "No, not yet…but my agent is shopping my books around--maybe soon…"
And then, "Let me know when you do…" And I say, "Yeah, sure thing…"
And then I wonder about self-publishing. And if you're an aspiring writer, I'll bet you've wondered about the same thing. Makes sense.
The reality is that it does make sense in some ways--and in others, not so. It makes sense because you can see your work in print form (or digital) quickly--no need for an agent, no need to query publishers (most of whom won't take your work without an agent anyway). So…
1. Who's going to be your critic? My mother would think anything I write is good. So would my wife (although she's a pretty good critic). So would my friends.
2. The expense. The cost of self-publishing is significant (both financially and time spent in getting it done). Better have some bucks.
3. Finally, marketing: You get to do all of that yourself. Fun times.
And so the question: When will I get published? is a good one. And with the incredibly changing world of publishing today, one that's not easily answered. But for me--I'm still old-school.
I would have sent my first book to my mother if I could have (she passed on to the next life some years ago) and I know she would have loved it. But instead I sent it to my agent and he said I don't love your ending and you need a lot more words! So I did it--wrote twenty thousand more words and changed the ending. I wouldn't have gotten that advice from anyone else that I know--except perhaps from someone who hates me. But I know my agent doesn't hate me, therefore…
But you get the idea. So I stick with the traditional way. And hope...
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Blood Moon Rising, Cooper's second in his trilogy, is now out andready for purchase on Amazon or B&N and other bookstores. Says one critic, Tris Coburn, "Coop's a cross between DeMille's Mac McCormack and Connelly's Bosch.
It's even better than the first ~ Cooper gets closer and closer to solving the mystery of his son's disappearance.
One review from Jack Driscoll, award winning author of Lucky Man, Lucky Woman says:
"The novel is so richly cinematic that I read it while simultaneously imagining each of the chapters and scenes playing out on the silver screen... the suspense high-tension from beginning to end."
"Lovers of the genre will find much to keep them engrossed. The author successfully raises tension with gripping descriptions and emotional dialogue,"
I'M THRILLED THAT I JUST RECEIVED THE FINALIST AWARD FOR MY SECOND BOOK, BLOOD MOON RISING.
THE ROYAL PALM LITERARY AWARD IS GIVEN OUT SPARINGLY AND I'M ONE OF THE LUCKY (AND HARD WORKING!) AUTHORS TO BE PROVIDED THIS HONOR.
I FIND THAT THE MORE I WRITE, THE BETTER AND BETTER I GET TO KNOW MY CHARACTERS. I SLEEP WITH THEM.
COOPER IS IN THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR, DIRECTING ME HERE AND THERE, WITH A WATCHFUL EYE.
RICHIE IS WATCHING MY BACK WHENEVER I NEED HIS HELP.
HUCKSTER CROWE IS RIDING SHOTGUN AS HE MAKES OUR WAY THROUGH THE DEEPEST PART OF THE EVERGLADES
COME MEET MY WACKO CHARACTERS AND SEE WHO YOU LIKE BEST.