Being an Author These Days
Of course I’m going to speak for myself, any other author who decides to leave a comment, be sure and tell what it’s like for you.
First, I’ll tell you I don’t have an agent. There is no one who goes out looking for the best publishing deal for me—I’ve done it for myself. Oh, I’ve had several agents in the long ago past and no one ever did anything for my books. In fact, I don’t think they even tried very hard.
My first book was accepted by a New York publisher and if I’d known anything at all about this business—which I didn’t—that’s when I should have found an agent to help negotiate the contract. But I didn’t. Back when I started, there was no Internet with groups you could go to that could help you learn what to do as there is now.
I stumbled and bumbled about, got tangled up with a couple of crooked publishers—learned what to look out for—and eventually ended up with the small press I’m with now for my Rocky Bluff P.D crime novels, Oak Tree Press.
And the second biggie is, I don’t have a publicist. I am my own publicist. Because of that and the fact that there seems to be fewer hours in a day now, I probably miss some things I could be doing.
What I am doing:
This blog tour. Blog tours are a lot of work—I’ve paid for them before and believe me, the tour companies truly earn their money.
Of course I’m on Facebook and Twitter—I use Facebook the most and I’m on several groups located on Facebook where I let people know what’s happening with my books.
I’m on several listserves.
I sell my books at craft and author fairs and book festivals.
|Marilyn at a library program|
I usually go to two writers or mystery cons a year. This year it’s EpiCon and the Public Safety Writers Association’s conference.
And I do anything else that might crop up during the year.
I love giving talks and workshops about all phases of writing, so if anyone asks and it’s not too far away, I accept.
What I don’t do is a lot of physical socializing. I don’t belong to community clubs or go to a lot of parties. Writing and promoting takes a lot of time which means spending several hours a day in front of the computer.
Am I famous and well-known? No. I do have my fans that follow both my series. When someone tells me how much they enjoyed one of my books, that’s a great feeling.
And the question I’m often asked, “Do you make a lot of money?”
The simple answer is “No.”
This answer is usually followed by, “Then, why do you do it?”
Because I can’t stop. I love writing, it is an addiction.
In the case of the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, I always want to know what is going to happen next to my characters. They’ve become such a part of me, that I want to see where life is going to take them next—and the only way that can happen is if I write the next book.
That next book is Dangerous Impulses:
An attractive new-hire captivates Officer Gordon Butler, Officer Felix Zachary’s wife Wendy is befuddled by her new baby, Ryan and Barbara Strickland receive unsettling news about her pregnancy, while the bloody murder of a mother and her son and an unidentified drug that sickens teenaged partiers jolts the Rocky Bluff P.D.
The person who comments on the most blog posts on this tour may have a character named after him or her in the next Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel or choose a book from the previous titles in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series in either paper or for Kindle.
Rocky Bluff P.D. Series:
Though each book in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series is written as a stand-alone, I know there are people who like to read a series in order. From the beginning to the end:
Smell of Death
An Axe to Grind
F. M. Meredith’s Bio:
F.M. is also known as Marilyn Meredith, the author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. She first became interested in writing about law enforcement when she lived in a neighborhood filled with police officers and their families. The interest was fanned when her daughter married a police officer and the tradition has continued with a grandson and grandson-in-law who are deputies. She’s also serves on the board of the Public Safety Writers Association, and has many friends in different law enforcement fields. For twenty plus years, she and her husband lived in a small beach community located in Southern California much like the fictional Rocky Bluff. She is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Epic, and Mystery Writers of America.
And I’m on Facebook and Twitter as MarilynMeredith
And tomorrow you’ll find me here http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com/
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