As I get farther into the writing process, the more I realize that so much of this business, and the success of someone participating in it, is based on pimpage.
In a nutshell, authors helping authors.
Therefore, I'm going to be doing occasional posts to help get the word out about my friends' books, particularly the lovely ladies from the Maryland Romance Writers and other RWA chapters I participate in as well as some amazing self-pubbed authors I know.
Why are you doing this, Sarah? Won't your blog turn into a giant advertisement for other people's stuff?
|Will your blog be the equivalent of ALL OF THESE rolled into one?|
Well, because of the reason I mentioned above--authors helping authors. One reason I've joined these groups is for the support of other authors just like me, and that's why they've joined, too. So much of this wide world of publishing is based on give and take, and I've come to realize I can't--and shouldn't--expect other authors to want to host me and my (eventual) books on their blogs if there's not any reciprocation. Word of mouth is a powerful thing, especially among others who respect your work as much as you respect theirs.
And why feature self-pubbed authors? Or, conversely, why feature traditionally published authors? Answer: Because I believe an author should be well-rounded in publishing nowadays. You can't put all of your eggs in one basket...for myself, I plan on being both traditionally published and self-pubbed, especially since there are so many success stories. Both are wonderfully viable options for authors.
You also might be wondering if I'm going to be constantly pushing books that I've edited. The answer is no. That might seem like a weird double-standard; after all, I stand to make money from them from sales (in some cases). But this is my blog, and I stand by the fact that I can feature what I want on it. When I have a contract of my own--as an author getting a book published, whether it's an e-publisher or one of the Big 6 or however many there are now--then I'll happily feature things from my new publisher on here. I'm looking forward to that.
Please don't inundate me with emails or whatnot requesting reviews...this is NOT a review blog. It may feature reviews in the future (I never like to say "never"), but for right now, my time is so limited that I barely have time to squeeze in a little pleasure reading before bed.
So look out for guest posts from other amazing authors in the near future. But I promise I'll still be posting and being my usual weird, snarky self. That won't go away.