For some reason, WordPress is being a bit of a stinker and not allowing me to reblog at this time, but I’d like to start off by welcoming the newest member of the Wind Trail Publishing family, April L. Wood! April is known by many as one of the finest book bloggers around, and I am thrilled to announce that Wind Trail will be publishing her first book, Winter’s Curse, in October 2016!
There seems to be a lot of discussion in the literary world this week about publishing, both traditional and independent. On the one hand, there’s been an article circulating that lists all the reasons why the author would never consider self-publishing. I’m not going to go into what she said, because quite frankly, it was insulting and altogether untrue. It was also very disheartening. The independent author community is so open and loving and supportive. Other writers are our friends, our colleagues, not our competition.
On the flip side, however, there is another author, Rachel Abbott, who is giving hope to indies everywhere. She’s just sold her 2 MILLIONTH book. How cool is that? I love her positivity and her modesty and her sheer love of her craft. That’s the thing about writers, artists in general, that I think a lot of people misunderstand. The ones who genuinely love what they do and love their work are not in this for the money. I’m in it because I think I would go crazy if I couldn’t write. I can’t not write. It’s just part of who I am. I love to tell stories. I love to make up characters. I love using my imagination.
Time and time again, I’ve found myself obsessed with one thing or another. The ocean. Mountains. Fairy tales. Aliens. Ghosts. Camping. Scotland. Mermaids. Mythology. Romance. Magic. Texas. Boy Bands.
I could never figure out, however, which one I was supposed to be focused on. How to tie all those fascinations together. One day, I think I’m supposed to be a Scottish Princess. The next, I’m planning to live my entire life on a remote tropical island. Writing is the only thing now that makes sense to me. It allows me to explore all my passions and ideas and interests. I don’t have to settle for just one. And I love that. I’d do it for free. Heck, I wish I could just do it for free. I hate that money has to factor into anything to do with love or passion. But it does. And I’m adapting.
Happy Wednesday, friends! Keep reading. And most importantly, keep writing.