I'd like to thank the Indie Book Blog for inviting me to write a guest post. For those of you haven't heard of me, I'm the author of several books including the humorous travel/skiing memoir “Beyond Birkie Fever” and a fantasy adventure titled “The Bone Sword.” Both of these novels are with Rhemalda Publishing, a small traditional publisher out of Seattle.
I've been reflecting upon my publisher a bit lately. Rhemalda is a new publisher that is approaching the business with a dynamic philosophy. Not only are they actively seeking to place our books internationally, they're also releasing audiobooks of our novels. This requires a tremendous investment and I'm excited at the steps Rhemalda is taking. In fact, both of these efforts are actions you might not get with one of the larger publishers.
Writing, however, is a funny business, and sometimes even the most industrious newcomers don't receive the clout they deserve. I'm currently a featured author in the Chippewa Valley Book Festival and I'm making the most of the opportunity even though it's been clear I'm not the “prized” speaker. For example, I was given a chance to present my novel last Monday and I was assigned the smallest venue and was not provided the projector I had requested for my presentation despite repeated email assurances that I would be. It can be a little sobering to be required to trash your prepared presentation and just do something off the cuff, but fortunately I have enough public speaking experience so I can handle such things.
Sitting around at a festival lunch yesterday, I met an author published with Penguin which is admittedly the big leagues. However, despite the lesser status of my publisher there we were both as featured writers in the same festival.
Honestly, when I started getting serious about writing, it never even occurred to me to submit my work to Penguin or any of the other big publishers. The situation I was looking for was a small, up and coming publisher that wanted to develop along with its writers. I was not interested in going to the house that some other famous name built, I wanted to be one of the foundation members of a new house. In the end, it's all about the craft, and if you're sincere in perfecting your craft, people will discover you eventually.
I think the most important thing to accept as a new writer is the simple fact that people in a position to help you simply aren't going to do it. Understanding that helps put you in the right mental state to seize opportunities and take control of your own career. For example, I've already taken advantage of my participation in the Chippewa Valley Book Festival to secure a couple radio interviews and get a few more speaking engagements.
To this day, I still make more money from advertising on my blog StreetsOfLima.com than I do from my novels, but little by little the gap is shrinking. My publisher is small, but expanding, and I love that I'm able to ease into this writer lifestyle rather than have the whole thing thrown at me at once. I'm sure there will come a day when both my name and the name of my publisher command enough attention to keep me busy twenty-four hours a day, but for now I'm very content with the quiet murmur.
After all, I got into this business to practice my craft, and I can't do that if too many people are shouting at me.
Pursued by the vicious Father Ivory and his Nightshades, Malik and his charges become the center of a grassroots movement that quickly blossoms into a full-fledged revolution. Their problems are compounded when news of their exploits draws the attention of Malik’s former Captain, a swordsman of legendary prowess who will not stop until Malik and his followers are dead.
As the final battle approaches, Malik must face both his inner demons and his former master in a duel that will determine the fate of the free people of Miscony.
Now comes the fun part, Walter has agreed to provide two paperback copies of his book The Bone Sword to two lucky readers. You must live in the continental US to enter. Good luck everyone!
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