Greetings and Salutations loyal readers of the blog,
Since we are all here, it’s safe to say that we made it through the Impenetrable Forest without too many incidents. Just before we set off with all our gear in place, Mischievous Raven suggested we take some of our Free Range, Organic Zombies (Trade marked) with us. I laughed at the idea of the zombies as protection, but once again Mischievous proved to be resourceful. As it turned out the zombies provided us with a sort of extra camouflage. The rancid odor of rotting flesh hid us from the creatures in the forest who rely on smell to hunt. The biggest threat came when a flock of Piranha Hummingbirds swarmed in. They were content to pick clean the bones of our zombie escort until they could barely fly. We are down three dozen zombies and I don’t know how we’re going to get back yet. I’m sure Mischievous has something under his onyx wing.
In other news around The Swamp, C. Rock Adile came out of hiding just long enough to learn that Swamp Thing has not forgotten his prediction of the end of the world based on the Myan calendar. The last time I saw him he was swimming for all he’s worth, closely followed by Swamp Thing who was leaving quite a wake of her own. It’s been pretty quiet other than that. The rest of the Evil Seven all have their noses firmly against the grindstone. That also helps to keep the muses out of trouble as their services are being pressed into action as well.
I’ll fill you in on my interviews with the ghosts next week. Let’s get down to work shall we?
I attended The second annual Indie Author Publishing Conference and Pitchapalooza last week. The event was put together by the folks at Changing Hands Book Store and The Phoenix Public Library. I was overwhelmed with the amount of great content that was presented. How to pitch your book presided over by David Henry Sterry and his beautiful wife Arielle Eckstut, was my favorite. They are very optimistic about the future of publishing, and they said, this is the best time ever to be an author. (Or something to that effect.)
Building your web presence, orchestrated by Evo Terra and his not quite as beautiful business partner Jeff Moriarty, is a close second. Their energetic presentation was engaging and fun. (Plus Jeff called me a genius because I use Srcivener to write and edit my work)
Here is the biggest thing I learned at the conference. Drum roll please. If you’ve completed your novel, your work has only just begun. As it turns out literary agents and publishers are not going to come hammering on my front door and start a bidding war to publish my novel. Okay even I’m not that foolish. What I actually thought was, getting published is a mixture of perseverance and luck. The truth is, as in everything else I’ve ever applied myself to, luck is a direct result of hard work.
When I was much younger, I said to guy who had just sold his company for a lot of money, ”You’re lucky.” He replied, “Yeah, the harder I work the luckier I get.” I’ve never forgotten that. And so now I’m lacing up my work boots. It’s going to get ugly because the things I have to do are things I’m not comfortable doing. The issue here is, my characters have the right to be heard and it’s up to me to give them that opportunity.
Thanks one and all for stopping by, as is our custom here on Fridays I’ll leave you with a quotation. This one comes from, Ursala K. Guin.
“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.”