Learning to dance…

One, two, three…one, two, three…

On April 29th I was chatting with a group of new author friends at the Chanticleer Authors Conference in the Bellwether Ballroom. It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon. The sun was out. We were all excited because the weekend was going to be fun and informative.

Sci-fi/fantasy panel discussion with yours truly..
Sci-fi/fantasy panel discussion with yours truly..

 

 

Then I got an email from my publisher. Booktrope sent an email on a late Friday afternoon announcing it was closing business in one month, May 31st, and that authors would receive their rights to their work back on June first. We were to contact our team members and settle up, so to speak, with them. Booktrope was a team approach company where royalties were split between author, marketing manager, project manager, editor, proofreader, and cover designer. It had possibilities, it really did.

Has the road been smooth? To some it has. Other authors had a plan right away – some opened their own publishing houses and incorporated, others were picked up by small presses or university presses. And then there were people like me… who simply couldn’t think of what the next step might be. I have written four novels, only one of which has been published to date because I had no clue how or what to do. This has been a slow, awkward process, and I feel as if my feet have been stepped on a time or two – through my own clumsiness.

Beautiful ballerina dancing in ballet class
Beautiful ballerina in ballet class

It has been a little like learning to dance…

So, here’s what’s going on right now: Curse of the Seven 70s, is undergoing another round of editing – which is good and disturbing at the same time – and I’m working with a new cover designer to switch up the rom-com/Chick-lit vibe. I think we’re making progress. I think I’m learning the steps. My second novel, Sweet Life of Dead Duane, is heading off to the editor. I’m excited about that! And I’m attempting to write non-fiction articles in my spare time, because non-fiction pays! Who knew?

And here’s the kicker, a very prominent bookstore in the region has asked for 15 copies of my novel because I sold the most books at that conference I was at in April…. and I have nothing to give them.

My book is out of print.

Two steps forward, one step back…

It’s important to breathe when learning to dance…or re-creating your publishing life… I just tie up my laces, straighten my back and head out onto the dance floor, because baby, that’s where all the action is anyway!

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