My Life as an Author 2014

They say becoming a successful author is a tough road replete with disappointment. I’ve found that to be true. I can go from feeling like I’ve just written Disney’s next best seller to feeling like a total failure in a matter of minutes. It’s a constant cycle of ups and downs that occur seemingly for no reason. I suppose the sting of that first rejection letter still lingers somewhere deep within my psyche. However, I’ve learned that when those feelings of self-doubt and personal failure begin to creep in, it helps to focus on the positive.

For instance, that rejection letter I mentioned earlier really wasn’t so bad. As a matter of fact the agent encouraged me to submit my manuscript to others who may be more apt to work with it. The storyline and characters were simply not what she was looking for.

So far I’ve not taken her advice. Instead I’ve decided to continue along the path of being a self-published author, at least for the first five titles. I’m determined to improve my writing skills and learn everything I can about the business of being self-published. Still, the goal of securing an agent and ultimately getting published by a reputable company will be the priority for future projects.

I began writing fairytales and children’s stories years ago. I enjoy the process of creating characters and making up stories that will hopefully entertain and cause the reader to think.

Since I began I’ve self-published three titles. The fourth and fifth are on the way. I’ve done some of my own illustrations and cover art and collaborated with illustrators locally as well as internationally.

So far I have two book signing events under my belt. I’ve done three interviews with three different newspapers and even made the front page in one. I have a website, a Facebook page and Twitter account. I’m on Goodreads, Wattpad and WordPress.

And while sales have not sustained high numbers, one of my books “The Light Man,” actually hit the top one hundred best in children’s Christmas books on Amazon.

It’s quite an adventure. I’ve made contacts, struck up relationships with people and reached an audience all over the world. These are truly remarkable times we’re living in. 2014 has turned out to be a pretty successful year for me as an author. At least according to my standards. I’m excited about things to come in 2015.

Just the fact that you’re reading this post is an encouragement to me. I want you to know If you’re reading this then you’re important to me. I hope one day to call you a fan. If you’re out there, I’d love to hear from you! Send me an email. Leave a comment on my FB page or tweet. Let me know you’re out there. Subscribe to my newsletter and I’ll let you know what I’m up to. I’ll be posting giveaways, special pricing, news & events, release dates etc.

Thanks for following along,

Russell

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