Yes the end of the road is near...
Soon the eBook version of BREAKING CURSED BONDS will be released, and...
I would love to take a breather, but where one road ends - another begins!Once the eBook is available September 1st, then promotion will be needed, as well as finishing up on the paperback formatting which will be released in November 2013. I am a new author and self-publisher, and all this work to get the story finished has been a new experience with a wide learning curve. Anyone who has a story to share can do it, and if your tool belt is rusty just ask for help.
My previous lines of work did not involve the same tools needed to write and publish. I had a lot to learn.
I turned to fellow authors in the writing community, many who were happy to share their experiences and knowledge.While every journey is unique, I was thankful for all the marvelous people who call themselves writers and authors.
In many business formats, competition rules, often cut throat competition. One thing I have noticed in the modern world of independent publishing is that while there is still competition - it is more of a community of sharing, and collaborating. We sponsor each other with blog hops, we promote each other's books, platforms, blogs, websites, and anything else we create. It is a wonderful thing to be involved in a community so sharing and open.
There are now groups that help self-publishers like AiA (Assoc. of Independent Authors) and ALLi (the Alliance of Independent Authors). Of course not everything is always rosy, there have been a few who chose to write bad reviews to stack the deck, but it is at a minimum. They get called out by the community protests with their Facebook posts, tweets and blog posts. As a writing community they will not let abuse go on without the outcry for moral and civilized actions. The individual is still respected as an individual with a unique right to freedom of speech, we are all encouraged to act responsibly and with care.
This profession of writing is evolving to face the new challenges in the free world.Since the wide world web has given access to so much, we are experiencing new trends. So if anyone can give real sound advice to a newbie like me it has to be something like this -
"Keep your eyes open, watch and learn, because it changes fast, and we need to swim with the tide."
The bottom line is to keep writing, tell your story, share with the community and be true to yourself.