I’ve been reading Secrets To Ebook Publishing Success by Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords.com. It has great information in it; one point he stresses is that for an indie author to find success a good product is a must. Some advice I’ve come across over and over again also is to write about what you know. I really can’t get behind ‘the write what you know expression’. I don’t think I know anything important that everyone else doesn’t already know. I’m also not trying to write the next ‘Great American Novel’. I’ve said before that I love reading. I will read almost anything and have since I was in elementary school and the assistant librarian taught me to read silently. I read for entertainment; I love reading because it keeps my problems at bay for a while. Reading is fun for me, and that’s the way I approach my writing. I write what I enjoy and hope my stories give some fun and enjoyment to someone else. So that’s the ‘good product’ I strive for something fun and entertaining that provides an escape for anyone needing a little relief from the stress of everyday life.
It’s been almost a year since I’ve written a post. I lost my confidence had stopped writing for a while. I tried working a customer service job but I wasn’t happy so, I’m going back to my writing. I’ve started editing my next story and have been checking my accounts with all the companies that carry my first book. I’ve had sales I knew nothing about and even a review. I was so happy. It’s proof someone besides one of my family members thinks my story is good. 🙂 That is encouraging and helps me feel that I did make the right choice about my future. When I finish tinkering with the first couple of chapters, I’ll post them here. I hope someone will read them and give me some feedback. 🙂
I’m not going to send my story to the site to be reviewed. Rather than soliciting reviews, I’ll wait until someone has a strong enough reaction to one of the stories to write one. If I did send it to the review site, I’d just be feeding my impatience and insecurities. I’m going to take a big girl pill and leave well enough alone. No more worrying or posting about reviews.
Both of my stories are now available on Amazon. Searching by title gives me pages of results so I searched by name instead. I didn’t want to know how many pages I’d have to go through to finally find my title. 🙂 My longer book is under my name, Bianca Walker, and I used a pen name for my short story Vivian Lavora. I started filling in the information for an author page on Amazon too. I’m wondering if I should list my short story on the page. Now that I think about it that is not a good idea, so I won’t be adding it.