This has been a busy week. I inaugurated a new group on Facebook; Waves of Darkness and Other Writings of Tamara A. Lowery. The main purpose of this group is to make sure that as many of the people who have liked my FB author page http://facebook.com/Waves.of.Darkness as can get my posts. It’s a way around FB’s newest roadblocks for pages that don’t/can’t pay-to-play/promote. I also opened it for fellow authors, artists, and musicians to promote their own work.
Feel free to come over and join the crew if you use Facebook. If lurking is your thing, that’s fine. You’ll still be welcome.
I finally finished the rough draft of my short story, Lake Effect, for the horror anthology The Nameless (due out 2016 from Fantom Enterprises/Iron Clad Publishing). I’m awaiting word from the editor on submissions guidelines so I’ll know how to format the typed draft. (I hand write all of my rough drafts. Composition books are more portable than laptops, do not incur security’s attention at work, and are much less likely to be burgled from a car or locker. They also are not subject to computer glitches.)
That being said, I have returned to work on my Waves of Darkness series. I have gotten several pages written on The Daedalus Enigma, book 6 in the series (due out 2016 from Gypsy Shadow Publishing) this weekend. I have also gotten a couple more chapters of Hell’s Dodo (book 5, due out late October) typed up and revised for submission to my editor.
I had hoped to get some artwork done this weekend, as well, but it was not meant to be. I think the writing has been enough to make me feel as if it has been sufficiently productive. I only wish my writing and artwork were profitable enough to live off of.
I’ve noticed a few posts recently on some of the blogs I follow about dreams of hitting it big as an author. I had them too. I still do to some extent, but realize they are more fantasy than dream. Yes, it is possible to make it to the A List and be sought after by the big publishing houses and other media outlets… if you get your story in front of the right eyes at the right time. Like myself, the majority of the authors I know personally have to hold down jobs as well as write. Some have been able to make a living off their writing, but it has required far more work than just writing stories. They have to market their own work, even if they are traditionally published. If they don’t use an agent or publicist, they have to choreograph their own appearances and promotional events. They have to seek out publishers whose catalogues would be most welcoming to their new works. They have to network online. In other words, they have to do most of the stuff a self-published author has to do except paying for all the things a publisher provides (editing, formatting, cover design, distribution, printing).
Unless you are an A-lister with a major publishing house, as an author, you are pretty much on your own when it comes to selling your books. Many small presses simply do not have the resources to fully market beyond social media.
If I have crushed anyone’s dreams with these words, I apologize. I urge you to continue to write. I just want you to know that the reality is that you will very probably put far more effort into your work than you will ever reap in financial reward. This is a reality even editor’s face. A recent conversation with a couple of free-lance editors I know let me know that even at the reasonable rate of $2.50 a page for an insightful editing job (not just copy-editing/proofreading), the minimum amount of time required to do the job right makes it work out to about $6-7 an hour. In today’s job market, that is not a lot.
Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox now. Thanks for indulging me. 🙂