In April 2013, I self-published my first book, READY FOR HIM TODAY (a nonfiction book for Christian single women) and I started on my journey of authorhood. I thought I already knew a lot about publishing and writing. Well, sorry to my naive younger self, but what I've learned since publishing READY has been enough to earn my Bachelor's all over again.
You see, being a writer is not easy, particularly since the publishing industry has changed. Way back in your grandfather's day, if you landed a contract with a publisher, the publisher would give you a royalty and do all the work of publishing and promoting.
Not so today.
Do you like free books? Me too! This summer, Enclave Publishing has been releasing a number of books for free. I've read one so far (BY DARKNESS HID by Jill Williamson) and have several more on my Kindle to read. (Guess who's gonna leap at the chance to run on the treadmill in order to read some new fiction?)
Of course, many of these books are the first in a series, hence the giveaway. "Like the first book? Buy the rest of the series!" Which I'm happy to do if I like the first book, so there's no problem there for me.
Here's a sampling of the titles available for free:
1. I think people do sci-fi a huge disservice by lumping it as some sort of bizarre subculture genre when I think everybody's lives are impacted by sci-fi at some point.
2. It's ironic: In movies, the most successful films of all time have been sci-fi or fantasy. By far. But a lot of people won't even read science fiction books.
He was here, Kade thought. Somewhere amidst the well-pressed suits and the glittering gowns was the man whom Kade sought. It seemed as though every celebrity had descended upon this bright spinning station in Earth’s orbit. Glass walled the circular room, and, beyond it, a sea of lights sparkled in the darkness, and the moon hung like a gray pearl, so large that it dominated the view in one direction.
Esgarion was said to be the last bastion of real civilization, for the colonies of the moon, Venus, and Mars possessed all the roughness and resilience of the frontier. Esgarion was the Ellis Island of Earth, the international passage to and from the Mother Planet and the colonies. It was also a favorite meeting place of the wealthy and influential from all nations, and the United System events on Esgarion kept a fragile peace amongst the powerful nations who had interests in the colonies.
Every two hundred fifty years, the OnOff star relights. During its period of warmth, the Spiders who live on the planet below emerge from their Deepnesses and rebuild their world for the few decades before the OnOff star falls back into the darkness of its dormancy. This Lighting, however, is different. Two star-faring human races—the trade-loving Qeng Ho and the crafty Emergents—await the event, each hoping to be the first to contact the Spiders at the appropriate time. But before long, treachery threatens their very existence, and a web of deceit and plots tangle toward a final confrontation in which the Spiders themselves play a major role in the fate of all.
Let's face it: Authors face rejection. I've had my share of rejection, and I suspect that much more is to come. When I was younger, this sort of thing hit me hard.
"Oh no! People don't like me! What if they think I don't write well? Is it true? IS MY WHOLE LIFE A SHAM?!"
Now I just shrug, because I know better. There are many reasons why you might get rejected: