Your story of the rocky road with a publisher is one I've heard before, sadly. One dear friend of mine got a great contract with a big house. I'll admit a tad of jealousy when she got it, though I was thrilled for her. It gave me no delight to watch her rocky, unsupported, and even sabotaged road. Her whole experience proved so disappointing. My indie experience has its challenges, to be sure, and you're right...working my tail off is required.. But I've been so fortunate to have a really satisfying experience as an indie author, partnering with my publisher, retaining the controls that are valuable to me, leaving some things to the experts. Either route requires a ton of work. Of that I'm sure.
Wow, what an amazing journey! I love Bloodroot and Fannie Flagg's books, so I'm sure I will enjoy Mama's Shoes. It sounds like you've done a wonderful job without an agent, though if you decide to pursue one again, I wish you success! The right one is out there and will no doubt be impressed by what you've already accomplished.
I was intrigued to catch your post re:- The Writers Digest competition entry. I love this magazine. I missed entering the competition this year, we were were busy moving. Good luck and prolific writing to you.
Hello Rebeccah. Thank you for the friend request. I am excited about your new book on Amazon and you'll have to keep us updated. I am at the library now, researching for a second novel. My first is in the hands of a friend, who will review it and make notes. The fact that I'm even at this place in my life makes me pose the question, "am I nuts?" Happy writing.
Hi Rebeccah, I just sent you a friend request (thought I had done that, but I guess I didn't)! I'm still interested in doing a new author interview with you on my blog, http://literarylegs.blogspot.com. Would love to hear from you! Do you have an email address I can sent the interview question to?
I am unable to send you a personal message, so I'm writing right here in the comments section. I would LOVE to hear about your novel and about your work with Writer's Digest! I occasionally share writing contests with my readers at my blog Literary Legs (http://literarylegs.blogspot.com) so I think my readers will be thrilled to hear your story. I've gotten a lot of response from people interested in sharing their publishing stories, so I've decided to try and do two author interview per month. We can pencil you in around March 30th. If that works for you, let me know. Shoot me an e.mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can further discuss details.
Just discovered you via your book list and delightful 'Appalachian Christmas' post. On top of which it seems only fitting that writers with 'shoes' in the titles of their books are destined to connect. Your book cover, btw, is wonderful. Just sent a friend request.
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