How impress are we with someone being a NY Best Selling author, Newberry Medal Award or any award when it comes to writing? If a person is not a reader by design maybe not. But to those who do read and love it might consider it a pretty cool thing to notice which books get noticed and are considered a good pick up to read. Do we rush to read these books when the news is out? Are these books worthy of us taking the time and money to invest in such novels?
I have found over the years just because a book reaches the NY Times Best Selling list does not mean I am going to love it. That has happened on a couple of occasions. That is when I learned the key word which is selling. They are on the list for how much they sold not how awesome the book was. Granted nothing should be taken away from an author who has the good fortune to have enough books sell to reach this status.
And while I am none of the above I became an Amazon best-selling author. This is something that I keep forgetting to add to my accomplishments. It happened quickly as the book rose to number nine and soon enough it fell. But it occurred and I need to own that. I attended a webinar and that was one of the key points. As a writer we need to own any accomplishments we get regardless how small or big. It is hard to get these awards and we should toot our horn.
To add to this a number of friends keep telling me I can call myself an international writer since a good portion of my books have sold over seas in a number of countries. While I laugh when they tell me this it does get me thinking. Why am I not including these two accomplishments?
Writing a book takes some serious time. The work after that needs to be done after it is done takes so much more time! Getting a book published adds to that. It is not easy so when you manage to get any award we need to include it when we have a chance
Check out the video about. I was fortunate to be interviewed by an online news magazine. It includes 17 questions some of which I had to really think on how to answer but it was good for it helped me remember things about my career in writing.
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Thank you Tarak and the wonderful work you do in helping authors out.
I asked for my rights back for one of my series. It took me a while to get them which caused much frustration from the day I asked to the day I actually received the email showing me the wait was over. Along the way I learned a few lessons which were valuable for any future contracts I might sign with a publishing house. But now it is time to move on.
Fortunately two houses are interested in publishing the series. But with any work I have I start at the very top. Who knows I might get a bit from one of the really big houses, right? It doesn’t hurt to try. The only thing is that will take time and I need to plan it out carefully.
Publishing houses are a plenty. There are the really good ones, the decent ones and of course the sharks and wolves who just want what they can get from you. One truly has to be careful and do the research on any potential business that are interested in your works. It takes longer yes but it is so much worth it.
Now I am not saying my former publishers were of the later. They weren’t. I just had a new direction that I wanted to try with the books I had. But with the tall task of submitting one needs to be diligent and do the work needed to make sure we don’t place our hard work and our baby, the book, into the hands of those who are just trying to scam you.
It took so long to get our work in the best consideration it can be in why rush the process at the end just so you can say to yourself that you are published?