Musings

coverpeadlebody2So I just finished writing my 50,000 th word this evening. The story isn’t done, nor is the manuscript much more than a rough draft (although I did go back over a few places and scrubbed some sense into it.)

This is my fourth manuscript sitting in my ‘TBP’ (to be published) files with no feasible way, really,  to publish them other than self-publishing.

Now don’t get me wrong. Self publishing is actually a lot of fun. And if one ever does enough marketing, there’s a dollar or two to be made (more to be spent but most right-brained people like me don’t count the cost).

But even with spending a lot of money on ads and promotions and giveaways, there is very very little return. Which, for me, I can shrug at. The joy was in the journey of writing. However, an author never reaches their destination or comes close to their goal unless someone reads their book.

So I’m toying with the idea of publishing one of my recent (last three years) manuscripts as a blog series and I was just wondering what my readers of this blog would think.

The story, if I do publish it in sections as a series, would be my urban fantasy, horror-comedy, An Unconventional Mr. Peadlebody.

Why am I thinking along these lines?

Simple. I would like you to read it. I think it’s an enjoyable story. It’s funny. (My critique group laughs.) And it has ‘heart’.

I want something more for my stories than to have them sit at the bottom of Amazon’s slush pile, lost in the cyberspace of colorful digital book covers. I write books to bring enjoyment to people, and if people don’t read them because they can’t find them or don’t know they exist, or don’t want to spend any money, than my labor is going to waste.

Another note, also that I’m learning through all of this is, when you market your own book, a stigma starts growing on your name, kind of like black mold in the Pacific Northwest. People don’t want to hear about your work over and over again because they think you are tying to get something from them, when in reality, you’re only trying to share a story you spend hours researching for, developing and writing.

A good author has to prove themselves, and a good author can only do that by having someone…anyone…read their books.

If enough people read my books and tell me I’m not a good author, well then I can’t say I didn’t try.

Comments would be nice because if I don’t hear back, I’ll probably toss this idea out with the bath water.

Thanks for listening!

 

 

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About Dianne Gardner

With a passion for wholesome and entertaining stories, Dianne Lynn Gardner dives into fantasy novels both adult and young adult. She is both a best selling author and an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Mother of seven and grandmother of 16, Dianne wants to make sure that books which ignite imaginations, strengthen friendships, spur courage and applaud honor are available to every reader in the world.
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2 Responses to Musings

  1. gwynnrogers says:

    I am surprised that your former publisher and agent aren’t helping you more. I’m NOT a fantasy reader… never was, and I’m still not, thus my reason for not reading your books. But I do think you are amazingly creative. Are you marketing your books to the Young Adults or even the “Gaming” market? I truly wish you luck. I know how lovely it is to have someone read and make comments about my writing. In my case, lately, I haven’t been writing. My brain is in a void… or maybe that is really an “avoidance!” 😉 I hear story after story of excellent writers not being discovered… hang in there!

    • Thanks for your support, Gwynn. I realize you aren’t a fantasy reader and I can appreciate that! It’s hard to target young adults when you are only marketing online, The real young adults (12-18) don’t have purchasing power so they rely on their folks, who it is my observation buy books for themselves. The other YA that sells well is the romance genre and I don’t do that genre exclusively although my books do have a romance in them. I was thinking in the terms of publishing one of my books as a web series to gain readership. It’s difficult when you can’t get an agent to even read the first 50 pages.

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